Casablanca needs no introduction for the residents of Hae Bang Chon. It is a hub activity every night from the time their doors open at 5pm. I’ve yet to walk past and find it empty. However this wondrous sandwicherie is still unknown to many because they do not even know where Hae bang chon is. Hae bang chon is a residential area just North West of Itaewon next to the army base. Because of the amount of foreigners living in the area, this place is a treasure trove of foreign cuisines and shops that most people miss out on.

Casablanca has a small menu consisting of several sandwiches and a few side dishes. However what the menu lacks in size it makes up for in quality. These guys know how to make a sandwich. The fresh crusty bread is spectacular.  Its the kind you would never dream of finding in Korea, you also get a giant portion. This glorious bread is then filled with a choice of meat, shrimp or vegetables. The Moroccan chicken is coated in glorious spices and then filled with deep fried potatoes, mayo and salad.

All this for 5,000 won. You would be hard pushed to find a sandwich in Seoul as  good as  this for the same price. There are half a dozen places selling great sandwiches in the area but their quality comes at a price. Casablanca could easily mark up their prices but don’t  and that keeps the fans coming back again and again. The spicy lamb and lentil is equally as good as the chicken and I find it hard to choose which one I prefer. It just depends what I’m in the mood for (usually both). One day I hope to get around to trying the shrimp!

You can get your sandwich to go or to stay. As they do have seating for the privileged few.

Casablanca is located in Hae Bang Chon at 44-8  Yongsandong 2 -ga, Seoul, Korea. Take a train to Noksapyeong station (line 6). Walk straight out of exit 2 for about 200 meters and take the first left and walk straight along the road with all the kimchi pots. Casablanca is on the left a few doors up from Phillies. You can also call them on 02-797-8367 or check out their facebook page.




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