The transformation that Gyeongridan has undergone in the past year is absolutely insane, the place is practically unrecognizable these days. New restaurants have have sprung up and multiplied like a bad case of herpes, and old traditional shops have been knocked down and cleared out to make way for new. The alleyway where Street Churros is has undergone the biggest transformation. I usually avoid the Churros queue like the plague, to me that queue is like a vacuous black hole forever trying to suck anyone and everything into its path, however yesterday I threw caution to the wind and decided to take a stroll up there to see what I was missing out on, and stumbled across Melting Monkey.
The Melting Monkey menu is tiny, but it reflects the petite shop they have to work with. There is a Grilled cheese sandwich, a B+ grilled cheese, and monkey fries. That’s it. There is also no indoor seating, just a few benches across the street. They are barbed wire adjacent which I always think makes for a lovely design feature.
After careful deliberation I ordered the B+ grilled cheese (5,500). A delicious golden crust on the outside and a big wedge of delicious melted cheese inside. If there was any bacon inside I must have missed it, which was disappointing. And there was only the smallest trace of jalapeno, it was a blink and miss it affair. The sandwich was still tasty, I just wish it had actually been stuffed with bacon and jalapeno. I’d probably just stick with the plain cheese next time.
I also picked up a side of Monkey Fries (3,900). At first I thought they might be a take on the famed animal fries from In N Out but sadly no such luck. Though whilst they were lacking in an array of melted cheese and caramelized oniony goodness, they were nicely seasoned.
Not a bad little meal overall, cheap-ish and tasty, not super huge, but a nice addition to the cultural melting pot of cuisines we’ve got going on over here. I’d certainly go again, but more than likely I’d just make one at home. They could definitely improve by pimping them out a bit more and adding a couple more options to the menu.
Melting Monkey is located at 336-1 Itaewon-dong Yongsan-gu Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong station (line 6) and exit using the lift (elevator) next to the 7-11 to get out. Walk over the over pass bridge and take a left at the end. Walk straight down the road past Taco Chili Chili and Southside Parlour and take a right at the CU. Melting Monkey is just past Street Churros on your right. For more information you can call them on 02-792-2205.