[Seoul] I was given the ‘mission’ by friends to look for gorgeous, hip, instagrammable cafes in South Korea to make their planning easier.
While Café Onion at Seongsu-dong is all about industrial-chic, The Skyfarm at Yeoeuido-dong is at another level all together.
“Another level” can also be taken literally, as the dining area is located on Level 50 and 51 of the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) building. (It is also of walking distance from IFC Mall.)
Just look at the photos. CHIO to the max (in Singlish), or simply totally gorgeous.
The Skyfarm is appropriately named, stunningly designed with glass heavily used, decorated with greenery.
As you walk in, you would notice this cottage-like area designed like a farm (I reckon this is a private room for dining as I noticed a family of 20 dining there.) The opposite frequently-featured dining area is sometimes used for wedding functions.
There is also an almost-hidden indoor garden and greenhouse with solar panels, complete with urban vegetation.
Beyond the window, you get an remarkable panoramic view of the famous Han River and surrounding Yeoeuido-dong. Oh that view. I gather this is why most people choose to dine here.
The new food and culture space comprises of various restaurant concepts such as 2-Michelin starred Gotgan by Lee Jong Guk, Korean Culinary Legacy and All Day Fresh Kitchen which I will focus on.
All Day Fresh Kitchen focuses on serving breakfast and brunch items from all around the world. More correctly said, it should be inclined towards the European region.
Food offerings include Croque Monsieur (19,000 Won), Baguette French Toast (21,000), Huevos Rancheros (21,000), Spanish Omelette (22,000 Won), Shakshuka (23,000 Won), and mains of Blue Crab Rose Linguini Piccole (28,000 Won), Truffle Black Risotto with Scallop (28,000), King Prawn Tomato Linguine (26,000 Won), and Langoustine Paella (38,000 Won).
Seeing that the couple beside me finished their salads while only half-finishing the Shakshuka, I went straight for the Seasonal Mushroom Warm Salad (19,000 Won).
It was not cheap, but the mixture of warm Portobello, oyster mushroom and snow fungus was fresh and appetising, accented with apple cider vinaigrette.
Refreshing, and I finished my plate as well.
I imagined the Spanish Omelette (22,000 Won) to come looking more like a tortilla, but I thoroughly enjoyed this version as well.
With eggs, bacon, onions, ricotta cheese combined with tomato salsa and truffle oily, the texture was almost to the point of creamy enhanced with soft potatoes.
Overall, it might taste plain (or maybe even bland) to some diners, and a notch up of the tomato base might help.
Maybe I should mention this. Thinking this was a casual affair, I went in active-wear tee and jeans. It was just brunch, right?
I noticed that most of the diners came either well or stylishly dressed, with females in long dresses and guys in jackets and shirts (and some with basic foundation).
For the first time, I felt under-dressed for brunch. (It was hot summer time by the way.)
Full points for vibes. The diners genuinely looked contented and jovial here, enjoying the conversations and view. While I won’t say that the food was top-notch, it was more than satisfactory for me.
Reservations by phone are highly encouraged, especially if you want a table by the window. All Day Fresh Kitchen accept reservations a month earlier, and only via phone (and not through emails and social media).
The Skyfarm – All Day Fresh Kitchen
28-1 Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Heogwan 50th and 51th Floor, Seoul, South Korea (Yeouido Station Exit 2)
서울특별시 영등포구 여의도동 28-1 전경련회관 50, 51F
Tel: +82 2 2055 4442
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm (Mon – Sun), Rest-time/Break 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Last Order 9:30pm
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