Seoul & Busan 2016 – Day 4 & 5: Busan

It was the first time I was going to Busan so I was really excited. I was very confused when I was doing my research on how to go to Busan from Seoul and how I should book the tickets. The only thing I knew was that I could travel by the KTX. Other than that I have zero idea on what was going on. The KTX website wasn’t of much help either. Thankfully a fellow blogger typed her experience and tips on how to go about booking so I shall type it here for anyone who will need this information.

November 8 Coffee & Company

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetHaving read about this cafe on the list of food places to try on Thomson road, my friend and I decided to visit for a weekday dinner.

The cafe was pretty hard to find (okay, maybe it’s just me). The building, Thomson V two was very prominent but the interior of the building was confusing especially if you’ve entered from the other entrance like me. The cafe is only accessible from the other entrance.

Even though it was a weekday evening, the cafe was mostly filled when we entered. As it is a pretty small cafe, service was good as the staff attends to you almost immediately.

Apparently they have changed their menu and I was kind of disappointed as I was unable to try their sweet potato fries.

Potato Rosti

Sorry but I can’t really remember the exact names of what we’ve ordered (this post is pretty backdated, around 2 to 3 weeks ago). I love my order which was the potato rosti. The greens were yummy and even though the sausage and bacon was a little salty, it paired well with the rosti and scrambled eggs.

The reason why we ordered a waffle wasn’t because the serving was too small but more of our sweet tooth. You know how a meal feels incomplete without a dessert. It was good, but definitely not the best I’ve had (till now, Wimbly lu’s waffles are still top on my waffle chart).

Overall it’s a great place to chill especially after work. The cafe was fairly quiet the entire period we were there which makes it an excellent place to unwind.

The Assembly Ground

Cafe interior
Cafe interior

Situated at the Cathay level 1, the cafe emits a cozy ambience with low lying dim lights, comfy chairs and vintage decor. It was around half filled when we stepped in even though it was a Saturday lunch hour.

As the lights were really dim, I have to admit I had trouble reading through the offerings they had. Furthermore the tiny words fared poorly against the faded brown background.


The price range was acceptable since it was situated in town and a main was around $14 to $20. Similarly to the other cafes, most of the offerings had either poached or egg benedict. I decided to go ahead with the rosti as I was quite sick of having too much fries the past few days (The sandwich comes with salad and fries). And of course, I ordered a root beer float 🙂

Root beer float
Root beer float
Rosti omelette

And the verdict? The root beer float was good (Like duh? How can it go wrong) and yep, that’s all. The rosti was really bad in my opinion. It currently ranks as the worst rosti I have ever eaten. At first glance, it looks like stir-fried vermicelli and it definitely tastes like one as it had a rubbery texture and was really dry. My friends who saw my order couldn’t tell it was rosti at all. The salad too was dry and the sausages were too salty. I really regretted ordering this.

However not all were unpleasant.

Mushroom sandwich
Mushroom cheese sandwich
Assembly brunch
Eggs zoey

The sandwich was the best out of all. The portion was pretty huge and the filling was generous with mushroom.

Well, I’ll probably come back again if I’m in the area and this time round I’m definitely going straight for the sandwiches.