One of the great things about living in a big city is the diversity. Seoul was not so diverse place from the beginning. Korea was and is all about tradition and history. However due to the massive amount of foreign employees including English teachers, it is becoming really multi-cultural. And simply, people love foreign stuff.
The biggest change is food, obviously. As a traveler and good-food-lover, this has been a great change for me over the years. Though I didn’t really like living in Seoul, maybe because of the job I had (yes — HAD), or maybe because I’m not really a big city person, but I do enjoyed its diversity. Especially among dozens of new and old exotic restaurants in town, I specially fell in love with – Mexican food.
Who doesn’t like Mexican food, right? Well, I can’t tell for everybody but Mexican is one of the most popular food in the world. Even UNESCO includes Mexican food for intangible cultural heritage and we all understand pretty well why.
My friend Laurie introduced this one place before she left Korea, and quote the best Mexican food she’s ever had in Seoul, and most authentic one as well. One Sunday afternoon, a table full of burrito, taco, quesadilla and of course, margarita, I got the feeling that I will be back this place many times – and in fact it became true.
Tomatillo – is the name of the place we love so much. As soon as you walk in, you can see the open kitchen. Order over a glass bar, and they will make the food the way you want. I’ve been to different Mexican food restaurant around Seoul, and I have to say I agree with Laurie, this is really great. If you ask me, I will recommend getting a beef burrito and margarita. The beef burrito, the one I normally get – yes I became a regular customer, not saying that they know me or anything, is the best one I had in Seoul, in fact. The reason for margarita is that, well because there’s tequila in it and we love tequila but moreover they make it tasty (and shhh… it’s stronger than regular margarita!). I don’t know why, I don’t know how, maybe it is alcohol talking but I really do like it.
I haven’t been to Mexico yet. So I cannot tell this is the most authentic Mexican food or not but I now have a standard to compare to when I finally go down for Mexican food expedition. It will be cheaper and much better. And, interestingly, it will be just ‘food’ rather than Mexican food because it’s.. you know, I will be in Mexico!
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9 thoughts on “Taking advantage of Seoul’s diversity – Mexican food”
Me gustaria ir a Mexico contigo!!
You make some great points in this article. My first time to Seoul was in 2004 and I noticed a huge difference in 2009 in terms of foreign cuisine restaurants popping up all over the place. I noticed more of my Korean friends drinking red & white wine over traditional Korean drinks like maekoli or baekseju.
Whereabouts in Seoul is that place? It looks like somewhere I went to in Itaewon before – but it was more Tex-Mex than Mexican (but still delicious!)
Glad you went all-out and got margaritas with your meal!
There’s lots of great Indian places in Hongdae that are worth checking out, too, if you’re ever in the area.
Here in Daegu, we’ve recently started getting a few Turkish kebab places – YAY!
I never made it to Tomatillo, but I heard such good things about it.
I did like Amigos though. It was pretty damn good.
Looks very good! Tomatillo is rather a great food. It’s my favorite and when I have no chance to cook, I order through the best restaurants in Scottsdale.
I am *so* glad this isn’t Taco Bell! Sounds like Chipotle in the US 🙂
I’d go for Margarita and Mexican food. That makes me hungry now. Cheers.
I go for burritos and my fave beer. I ate in a Mexican resto in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Awesome to see mexican foods in strangest places. Thanks for sharing this Juno!
Cheers from the Philippines 🙂
Yeah, also I’ve never been to Mexico, I’m a fan of Mexican food thanks to all the restaurants!