by Michael Jones
On Saturday night I went to Casablanca for the second time. Casablanca is a small sandwich shop located in the booming neighborhood of Haebongchon, not far from Noksapyeong station. The shop was packed, it always is, but for good reason. The sandwiches at Casablanca are the best I've had in Korea. The line was to the door, but we waited anyway. Last time I ordered the Moroccan Chicken and it blew me away, but I heard rumors that the Lamb Chili was even better and I had to investigate. We ordered two Lamb Chili sandwiches and one lentil soup. The Lentil soup was good and had a nice spicy after taste. The sandwiches came out shortly after and were outstanding. There is nothing pretentious about Casablanca, and I mean that as a compliment. Just 5 guys working in a small kitchen, using quality ingredients, and great bread to make delicious sandwiches. The Lamb Chili sandwich is served on flaky french-style bread and topped with fresh lamb chili, lettuce, tomatoes, and a thick serving of mayonnaise. The sandwich was simple, but the most delicious foods usually are. I had a cold this weekend so I was originally worried about doing this review. Eating with a severe cold is kind of like hearing sounds underwater, your senses are dulled. The lamb chili was so perfectly cooked and spiced, however, that even with the cold I could taste every bite. The sandwich was greasy, in the best way, and I devoured it in about two minutes. The sandwich was so good it's hard to do justice with words. For a good review of the delicious Moroccan chicken sandwich, check out our first Casablanca review. For 7,000 won you can't go wrong with a sandwich from Casablanca.
From Noksapyeong station exit #2
Walk down the hill till the split in the road
Then turn left and pass the kimchi pots
Walk up the hill for 5-10 minutes
Casablanca will be on your left
By Ashley Heil.
After months of only eating Subway sandwiches, I decided to see what the hype was all about and go to Casablanca. :Loads have friends have told me Casablanca serves the best sandwich in town, and it did not disappoint. The prices are reasonable (6,000 to 7,000 won), and the sandwiches are large and filling. Each sandwich comes on a delicious, flaky, soft french baguette (similar bread to Banh Mi sandwiches in Vietnam). We ordered the famous Moroccan chicken sandwich (7000 won), a Lamb Chili sandwich (7000 won), a spiced carrot salad (2000 won), and a Thai beer (3000 won). I could definitely see why the Moroccan chicken sandwich got dubbed the best sandwich in Seoul (http://groovekorea.com/article/best-sandwich-seoul/). What I loved about my sandwich was how thick it was and the quality of ingredients. The grilled chicken pieces were large and perfectly marinated and seasoned with the perfect amount of spices. The sandwich also comes with fried potatoes, mayo (although it tasted more like a tzatziki sauce to me), and salad. While I didn't try it, my friend ate the Lamb chili sandwich and loved it. So, if you're craving a sandwich and want a change from boring Subway, I highly recommend checking this restaurant out.
Hours: Casablanca opens at 1PM everyday, and is open until 10. However, when we went at around 8:30 they only had 2 Moroccan chicken sandwiches left, and shortly after they were sold out of most of their sandwiches. So going late at night might not be the best option.
Directions:take subway line 6 to Noksapyeong station, and go out exit 2. Keep walking for about 5 minutes until you see a road on your left. Walk up this street for about 5-8 minutes and Casablanca will be on your left.
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