As you may have guessed from the picture above, I’m going on holiday! Today I am leaving to go to NYC for 10 days, home of big apples, pastrami sandwiches, and Cronuts. I am giddy with excitement about all the fabulous food I am going to indulge myself with, and I shall hopefully be reporting to you every day with where and what I have been eating. So as a departing post I thought it would be fitting to share with you a little bit of NYC style pizza that you can find here in Seoul.
Now Brick Oven is no new kid on the block, it’s been around for a couple of years now, but since the main location is in Gangnam you can probably guess why it’s taken me this long to get on over there. I did this review over two occasions. The first time I went, I visited with fellow Brit and celebrity chef Gizzie Erskine, and the second time I went to record a podcast for Groove Magazines 100 most influential expats article, if you missed out on listening to my ramblings about food then please click here.
So as you can guess from the name, Brick oven is all about the pizza. On my first visit we ordered the Prosciutto (29,000).Topped with prosciutto, fresh basil, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and mozzarella. It would have had garlic sauce too, but Gizzie asked for it to be removed, I’m starting to think she may be a vampire as I only see her at night and why else would anyone else resist such a delicious sauce. The pizza although topped with more ham than my liking still went down a treat, their crusts are really top notch, golden crisp and riddled with those lovely little bubbles.
Although I liked the pizza it didn’t blow me away as much as the Baked Ziti (13,000) that we ordered. Giant pieces of rigatoni, mushrooms, ricotta, romano, mozzarella and tomato sauce. It was amazing, the huge pieces of perfectly cooked pasta, were smothered in oodles of melted cheese and encased in the rich and tasty tomato sauce. For me this is Italian /American perfection.
On my second visit to Brick Oven, we got the BBQ Hawaiian (30,000). Grilled chicken, ham, bacon, cheddar, pineapple, mozzarella and barbecue sauce. Not so much a traditional pizza topping but it’s my favourite. Bacon, chicken, pineapple and barbecue sauce are a match made in heaven in my book and this is always my go to choice. The pizzas aren’t cheap at around 30 bucks a pop but they are on par with the big chains like Pizza Hut, and for me Brick oven has the edge, although it they offered cheese crust it would be even better!
When eating pizza, one always needs a little lubrication to help easy digestion so I supped on a couple of Sangrias (6,500). I’m usually pretty fussy when it comes to cocktails but this one was rather nice, I’d definitely order it again.
Brick Oven is located at 617-4, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Gangnam station (line 2) and come out of exit 11. Walk straight until you reach the CGV and turn right and walk up the hill for about 5 minutes. Brick Oven is on the left hand side on the second floor. For more information you can call them on 025081325 or check out their facebook page.