by Ashley Heil
B'mucho Cantina is a small, cozy Mexican restaurant nestled down a small alley in Yeonnam-dong (near Hongdae exit 3), and is our new favorite Mexican restaurant. Though it has been open since 2013, we have only recently discovered it after hearing about it from friends. This place is great not only because of its taste, but also because of its reasonable prices, great atmosphere, and ample portion sizes. The music and the ambiance reminded me of some Mexican restaurants from back in the states and the food was outstanding.
I started with the spicy margarita (9,000), and my friends started with the Horchata. The margarita was the best margarita I've had in Seoul so far. I loved the little bit of spicy kick it had, it really contrasted the sour flavors well. I tried my boyfriend's Horchata as well, and it was also excellent. We shared a side of guacamole and chips as an appetizer (8,000 won). It was delightful and filled with a little bit of pico de gallo and cilantro on the side. For our main dishes, my boyfriend got the Carne asada burrito (12,000 won). While he was eating, I frequently heard "mmm” coming from him and he told us it was the best burrito he’s had in Seoul so far. I ordered the Enfrijoladas (16,000 won), because It was the first time I've seen it in Korea.It’s basically a smothered tortilla dish, filled with chicken and I had it topped with chorizo as well. I was really impressed by the portion size; I’m a big eater and I could not finish it. The chicken tortillas were smothered with cheese and black beans, and the bit of spice from the chorizo contrasted so nicely with the creamy tortillas. It was such a comforting, delicious dish. My friend ordered the Enchilada Verde (14,000 won), which I tried as well and it was fantastic. The tortillas were filled with chicken and onions, and were topped with cheese and a slightly spicy green chile sauce that reminded me of Mexican food from Colorado. The portion size of the Enchilada Verde was also massive. This place can be pretty popular so make sure you get there early or are prepared to wait. We only had to wait about 5 minutes though on a Sunday night. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!
Directions: 서울특별시 마포구 연남동 227-8번지
Go to Hongdae station, exit 3.
Cross the street and walk up the left side of the road that runs at a diagonal (연회로),
Walk down the road 5-10 minutes.
Before the big intersection, turn left on the small road at 서울동부교회.
It'll be on your left. It is near Cafe Libre.
Hours: Monday: closed
Wednesday-Friday: 12:30-3:00, 5:30-10
Saturday: 1:00-3:00, 5:30-9
Sunday: 1:00-3:00, 5:30-9
by Ashley Heil
Being pork lovers, samgeyopsal is one of our favorite Korean foods. However, sometimes the standard samgyeopsal that you get at a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants can become boring. A few months ago we started going to a new Crossfit gym in Hongdae, and we asked the owner what were some of his favorite restaurants in the area. He immediately told us to go to Dojeok (도적) for some awesome samgyeopsal, as it’s his favorite place for it in Seoul. So, that night we went. Over the past few months, we’ve continued to go back to this restaurant regularly and been amazed every time. We’ve brought Korean and foreign friends and they have loved it as well. This samgyeopsal is amazing. We have tried their traditional (plain) samgeyopsal, and it is great. It’s extremely tender, and one of our favorite for traditional samgyeopsals in Seoul. Sometimes while eating samgyeopsal you bite into those little hard pieces of cartilage that totally ruin a perfectly delicious bite, but you don’t get those here. Our favorite thing at this restaurant is the Gochujang samgyeopsal (13,000). I have to admit that the pictures don’t do this dish justice, it is hands down are favorite samgyeopsal in Seoul. The meat comes out marinated already and the servers help you cook it. The meal is also served with various raw veggies, such as carrots and sweet potato sticks that you can cook on the grill to enjoy alongside the meat. You also get the usual various lettuce wraps and garlic pieces, and a side of delicious doenjang jjigae (I just love this soup!). But it’s the meat that stands out here. The gochujang marinade is delicious and goes perfectly with the meat, but doesn’t have an overly powerful taste. The meat is good by itself or in the lettuce wraps. If you’re looking for a barbeque restaurant to go to in the Hongdae/Sangsu area, definitely give this place a try!
Come out of Sangu station exit 1.
Walk straight until you get to the first big street on your right.
Turn right on this street and walk along the left hand side.
When you see the Babeans coffee on your left, turn left on that street and the restaurant is across from it.
by Michael Jones
Last night I ate at Tuk Tuk for the first time and it was outstanding. Tuk Tuk is a Thai restaurant in Hongdae serving some of the best, if not the best, Thai food in Seoul. The place is incredibly popular and there is always a wait. The first time I tried eating at Tuk Tuk the wait was 45 minutes long and I was far too hungry to wait. The second time I tried eating there it was around 1:45 and they go on break at 2:30, but since they already had a long wait, they stopped taking customers. I was crushed, but determined to go back. Any place that consistently has people waiting is usually doing something right. Last night I finally got my chance to indulge on some incredible Thai food. The restaurant is a decent size and the room is painted light purple and decorated with Thai memorabilia. The kitchen is open and you can hear the sizzling and popping from the Woks. The smell of fresh Thai food is intoxicating. I wanted to buy everything on the menu, but I settled on Pad Ka-Prao. This dish can be made with a variety of different meats and it’s stir-fried with basil, chilies, garlic, and a combination of soy and oyster sauce. It’s my favorite Thai dish and I always order it when I go to Thai restaurants. My friends ordered Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Gui Tiaow Nam, and we shared a large serving of fried rice. I sampled everything and it was great. The Pad Thai was slightly sour and I really liked it compared to the sweet version served at a lot of Thai restaurants. The Pad See Ew was topped with succulent pork meat and the noodles soaked up the sauce. It was extremely flavorful. The soup was also good, but the broth was interesting. I could really taste the garlic in the broth. I might be a little biased, but my favorite dish was the Pad Ka-Prao (15,000). Most of the dishes are about 15,000, but some of the noodle dishes and soup dishes cost 9,000-11,000. The restaurant is expensive, but the food is definitely worth the price. The sauce was extremely rich and slightly sweet. I ordered mine with chicken and the meat was tender, and the chunks were large. It was nice to see actual chunks of chicken, and not the miniscule strips you get at some restaurants. The stir-fried chilies and basil added incredible flavor to the sauce and the chicken. It had just the right amount of heat and sweetness. It was the perfect combination of flavors and ingredients. I could really taste the quality of the food and I will go back soon to try more. The fried rice was also fantastic. The rice was topped with a fried egg and scallions. I scarfed down the bowl in about three minutes and nearly roasted my mouth. Be wary, the service is great and the food comes fresh off the wok. I didn’t realize this and almost lost my taste buds in the process. It would be devastating to lose your ability to taste at a restaurant this good. Thai food is known for its incredible flavors, and fresh ingredients. Tuk Tuk respects this tradition and serves some of the best Thai food I’ve ever eaten. You have to go.
Go to Hongdae Station exit #3
Walk out and turn around
Facing the main road turn and walk left
Walk up the hill and then down the hill
Walk for about 5 minutes
After you pass the Orange building, turn left
Tuk Tuk will be on your left almost immediately after you turn
It’s in the basement, so don’t miss it
by Michael Jones
For months I have wanted to try The Beastro, and today I finally got the chance. I went for lunch and it absolutely blew me away. I have to be honest, I was worried about trying The Beastro. Would it be just another pricey attempt at American fusion cuisine, or would it be worth it? Fortunately, it not only met my expectations, it blew them out of the water. The food was that good. I grew up in the southern United States, so it is safe to say that I've eaten a lot of fried chicken in my life. I can say with no reservations, that the fried chicken at The Beastro is some of the best I've ever had. The fried batter was crispy, light, and flaky, yet the boneless chicken beneath was tender and juicy. The chicken came with a house-made buffalo sauce which was outstanding. The chicken was served over a large portion of kale slaw. The slaw was a pleasant surprise; I'm a bit of a carnivore and oftentimes vegetables bore me, but the kale slaw was a great addition. I almost ordered another side of it. It really helped balance the slight spice from the chicken. I also ordered a side of smoked bacon which came with two strips. The server told us the bacon was smoked in house, so I had to have it. It's some of the best bacon I've had since moving to Seoul. I could really taste the smokey flavor in the meat and it was the perfect tenderness. Overall, The Beastro was an incredible experience and I look forward to going back. It was so good in fact, that I decided to make reservations for Friday night. The lunch menu and dinner menu are different and now I want to try everything. The owner is mixing some traditional American cuisine with French culinary techniques and the result is phenomenal. If you seek delicious high-quality food, look no further than the Beastro in Hongdae.
Fried Chicken and Kale Slaw (14,000)
Smoked Bacon (4,000)
Verdict: Worth Every Penny
Go to Sangsu station and take exit #1
Make a U-turn and follow the sidewalk
Walk until you have to cross the road
Keep straight and pass Monster Pizza on your left
Walk a little further and a park will be on your left
Behind the park is a road lined with street food
The Beastro is located in an alleyway across from the vendors
We're just a couple addicted to great food. We love Anthony Bourdain!