Name: The Paris Grille @ The Grand Hyatt
Genre: Continental/ American/ Brunch Buffet
Price Range: 25,000 – 150,000 KRW
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Our Menu: 4 Buffets
Total: 78,000 KRW per person including taxes and service charge
Memorable Item(s): Grilled lamb chops
D: We have a friend who is now attending school in Sweden. I went to high school in Los Angeles with him, but didn’t actually meet him until nearly a decade later. Bonus- we didn’t actually hang out until a year after that in South Korea! He’s a coffee expert and an amazing photographer. Seung and I thought it would be fun to meet him and his girlfriend for brunch one day before he left Seoul. We chose the Paris Grill at the Grand Hyatt.
And as soon as we were seated, a turtle shaped like bread was placed at our table. Or, maybe it was like Saint Exupery’s snake. Our server then came around to pour us some champagne. And butter.
S: Can you tell we like butter?
D: Ironic that I don’t keep any in my fridge. Then again, it’s because I have like 4 different kinds of cheeses in there and have decided to keep other saturated fats out of it for the time being. Brie is not one of those cheeses, since I like to eat it only on the more special or social occasions. You know, like at a buffet. With a salad and bread.
S: Where they have unlimited amounts of bacon and omelet stations…
D: With various appetizing salads and small dishes.
D: And desserts.
S: You and your desserts. My sweetie.
D: 🙂 Yeah. But just because I like sweets doesn’t mean I’m sweet. Well, maybe to mosquitoes.
S: Wait, are you calling me a mosquito?
D: No. But I would like to point out something about our friend, Aaron. Wait, not that he’s a mosquito either. OK. That was a bad transition. But anyway, I’ve already mentioned that he’s a coffee expert. What I didn’t tell you was that he’s …. special.
S: Yes. He brought his manual coffee maker that brews two cups at a time. It was quite good.
D: You say that so nonchalantly. I mean, my head nearly exploded with joy as the unconventional surprise unraveled before us. Who else can attest to such an experience?
S: Oh my god. Do you plan on turning weird at the end of every entry?
D: I’m going to take that as a compliment. 🙂
S: Okay. … Okay! To tie up the review, with the exception of the grilled lamb chops which were one of the best I’ve had, the foods served at the brunch buffet weren’t all that memorable. However, out of all the hotel brunch buffets we’ve visited, which include the W Seoul and the Park Hyatt Seoul, we would give this one the highest marks. A 3.75 for the price, execution of the dishes and the beautiful setting by Namsan. Bon Appetit everyone!
D: Actually Sweetie, I really like Aria at the Westin Chosun hotel. Though it doesn’t have a nice view, natural lighting or roomier feeling, there is much more variety with the food selection. And may I not fail to mention that their dessert selection is superb.