Oops I did it again…
After several weeks of wandering Sinchon’s surroundings I have found another Mexican restaurant. This time is really close to Yonsei University which implies I would become a frequent customer soon… Today I’ll be talking about Choi’s Tacos, a Tex-Mex restaurant located just a couple of blocks away from Sinchon subway station.
It is a small sized, but cozy restaurant. There are no tables but a bar that goes around the place (just like some original “Taquerias”(Taco place) back home) . The walls are decorated with Mexican motives. The atmosphere is quite relaxed and student like.
I dont know the story behind Choi’s Tacos, but as a Mexican in foreign lands every time I see a Mexican restaurant I have to try it (you know its true). I’m always in the search of that place that will bring the tastes of our mother land and make me feel (at least for a brief moment) that I’m back to the place I will always call home.
Choi’s Tacos does a remarkably good job (I’ll discuss the culinary latter on this post) it not only provides “close to the real deal” food but also that welcome-home feeling most restaurant seek to accomplish.
Im just getting started…
The experience starts as soon as you get close to the place. As soon as i got close to the place i could see a smiling cook asking me what i wanted to ordered. Since it was my first time and didn’t had a chance to take a look at the menu I ordered a beef burrito. I was asked which size, (if Im not mistaken there are 3 sizes) being a big mexican guy of course I had to ordered the large one. I was asked if it was to go or to eat inside (I was still outside the place), original plan was to eat the burrito while walking back home but this review would be incomplete so I decided to go inside. My invoice was rapidly prepared and I cleared it. This place is english friendly (I wish I had tested their spanish skills it would be great if they do know some spanish 😀 !!!) Anyway burrito came fast, I just had enough time to sit down and take a look at the place. Something I found amazing about this place was that there is a billboard in which foreigns can leave a note so if other customers visiting the place want to hang out or do language exchange they can contact them. If you ask the manager they will even take a photo and print it with a message to next coming customers. Like I said this place is just as friendly as Mexican culture really is.
Ok Time to get into the deal. I mean the food deal. Beef burrito was good & tasty (sorry for the bad photo but I was in a hurry and my hands where shaky). Flavor is good. closeness to Mexican burritos is on the mid ranges (We usually don`t put rice in our tacos) but taste was good. The biggest weakness I found at this place was the salsa. For Mexican good tacos always come with good salsa. From a Mexican standing point salsa was far from mexican salsa, as a matter of fact its was a little bit sweet for me. however taking in account that koreans probably don’t like the Mexican spicy salsa, the recipe must have suffered some changes to adapt to korean tastes. (In my future visits ill bring my own salsa 😀 !!! that will be an amazing addition to my burrito). Price is also good 7,000 KRW for the burrito. not bad as most dinners near the place are on the 6,000-10,000 KRW range.
This place also other Mexican food such a s quesadillas, nachos, and also some real tacos (which I promise to have next time I visit) and actually they even announce them as real tacos so that its my call to a second visit.
In conclusion. nice atmosphere, fair price, good food. Flavor closeness is good enough for me, and most important of all friendly atmosphere.
Only note for former Mexicans going to this place bring your own salsa and you’ll just fine !!!