Vatos Urban Tacos pricey but good

It’s pretty hard to find good Mexican food here in Seoul. I’m from California so i needs to get my Mexican fix every once in a while. This was a problem for me when i first started this blog. But i think i found my go-to Mexican joint.

Vatos Urban Tacos is a fusion Mexican restaurant located in Itaewon. They used to run a small hole in the wall establishment, but now they are huge. The story of how Vatos started is really interesting. Three regular guys saw that there wasn’t any good Mexican places in Seoul. So they saved up, researched, and went for it. You can check out the about us page for more info. They we’re pretty creative with their digital marketing efforts. Visit the kickstarter page and you will see what i mean.

Anyway, if you decide on going to Vatos, here are my recommendations.

1. Start off with some fresh chips and salsa. 2,000 won isn’t cheap. The first basket of chips and salsa is free. But you have to fork over 2 bucks afterwards. They should actually give free refills, but whatever, it’s pretty good.

2. The kimchi carnitas fries they have are very tasty. Fries. Kimchi. Meat. What’s not to like? This will set you back $10,000 won.

3. I recommend getting the Corona-a-rita to wash down the apps. 14,000 won.

4. Chili lime shrimp tacos are real good. Actually all of their tacos are solid. If you like Korean style fusion tacos, you’ll most likely enjoy these.

5. Skip the quesadillas. Not good and waste of money.

6. The burritos are pretty good but they are really small. So i’d much rather recommend getting a bunch of tacos.

Sorry for the lag in blog posts. I’ve been pretty busy lately. But i’m gonna try to keep posting on a regular basis again. I have a lot of restaurants reviewed in my head. And a lot of yummy photos. Just need to stop being so lazy and write and publish these posts. I think i’ll start doing posts as i’m in the restaurant. I’ll try posting right from my iphone.

Chipotle restaurant clones in Seoul Korea

I love Mexican food. I guess that’s what happens when you grow up in California. California is basically Mexico, northern Mexican. Living is Korea can get frustrating if you love Mexican food. First of all the so called Mexican restaurants in Korea leave out certain ingredients. Cilantro and lime. These two key ingredients are lacking in most Korean tacos and burritos.

We are in Seoul, South Korea. Don’t see a lot of Mexican faces here. I get it. It’s different from Mexico…errr….California. But i don’t even expect real Mexican food. I would gladly settle for Tex-Mex style food like Chipotle. I love Chipotle. There are a few Chipotle clones here in Seoul. But they don’t come close in taste. I’ll talk about Tomatillo and Grill5 here in this blog post.

Tomatillo in Seoul has the look of Chipotle. The interior of the one at Gangnam Finance Center is basically a poor man’s version of Chipotle. They just need to slap some Native American art figures (made of steel and wood) up on the wall. But the taste is something different. Considering that we are in Seoul, the chicken burrito that i ordered wasn’t half bad. Wasn’t that good tho.

Grill5 in Sinsa dong seemed like a nice little Mexican restaurant. I walked in with mild to semi-high expectation. The restaurant was packed. It was Sunday around 5pm. Galosookgil is always packed. Anyway, i walked up to place my order and i saw 8 guys working in the back. Nice. They are going to wrap up my burrito real fast right? Wrong! I waited like 8 minutes for my burrito. And the thing was tiny. Did i order half a burrito? Nope i paid 11,000 won for a whole burrito and a cider to wash it down. The burrito was wrapped in aluminum foil. Check. I open it up and take a bite. The fuckin thing is cold. Nuff said about this place. They should take the “grill” out of the restaurant name. Just called the place 5.

Well if you haven’t guessed out of the two, i pick Tomatillo.

I’m too tired after this rant to write a positive review of a good Mexican restaurant in Seoul. I will review some other places later.