Friday, March 27, 2015

Caffe Inbus (bus cafe), Gangnam

For a couple of years now, Uncle Yenny has been plagued with a horrible intolerance to yeast. Ingesting any kind of yeast-containing food leads to symptoms akin to a yeast infection, which, my friends, is a very unsavoury thing to experience. Luckily though, there is one time a month when I'm able to eat bread.... Yup, you guessed it. When it's that time of the month. How is this possible, you ask? Well, the blood alters the pH level in that area, the yeast can't survive, and thus I am free to guzzle down bakery goodness without suffering from yeasty repercussions. (TMI? Nah... We're buddies now. No such thing! :P)

Luckily this month, my cycle happened to coincide with a trip to a funky little place called Caffe Inbus, which was just as well because the cafe is famous for its handmade bread and not even Jeebers himself could have stopped me from scoffing it down.

Caffe Inbus, as the name suggests, also has another awesome thing going for it -- there is a bus in the cafe. This hollowed out vehicle with a giant motif of Jimi Hendrix across the front is where the food and drinks are whipped up, and the rest of the cafe is fittingly decorated with bitumen floors, oil drums, road markings, rainbows, and peace signs everywhere. It's like hippie meets hipster in the middle of a parking lot. And it is fabulous.

I ordered a croque monsieur and an Americano because cheesy carbohydrate goodness + piping hot dose of caffeine = WINNING.

Croque monsieur, 5,700 won.

It was made using straight up white bread without any of that extra sugar Korean bakeries often tend to throw in. The fluffy softness of it went amazingly with the gooey, melted cheese.

Americano, 4,000 won. Comes in large size only. MOAR CAFFEINE.
Loving the peace signs all over the coffee cup.

The cafe is split into two parts, one being the main area and another being a smaller, sectioned off "business area" where you can head if you're there to do work. There aren't any speakers in the business area so you won't be disturbed as much by any background music the cafe plays.

Apart from coffee and bread, the cafe has all your tea, latte, and (some) alcomoholic needs covered:

Although I personally found it a tad bit pricey (I'm extraordinarily cheap though, hah) I adored the decor of the place and definitely wouldn't mind visiting again. It's a great place to go if you're in Gangnam and looking for a light snack, or when you just need some time to sit in aesthetically pleasing surroundings and regain your inner peace. If you're on the north side, you can also check out their other locations at Omokgyo's Hyundai 41 Tower and Dongdaemun's Doota Tower. (See their website for details. ^^)

Caffe Inbus, Gangnam
Hours: 6:30am - 11:30pm weekdays, 9am - 11:30pm weekends
Address: 서울시 서초구 서초동 1316-5 (1316-5 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul)
Directions: From Gangnam Station exit 9, go straight for four blocks and you'll see Caffe Inbus on your right.

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