Before I jetted off on my jaunt around Europe, I paid a visit to new pizza joint on the block Motor City. I honestly thought that there was no where else for pizza to go in this city after trying almost every slice of cheese and tomato covered goodness that Seoul had to offer. I thought I had seen it all, turns out I was wrong, I’d yet to try Detroit Style. Quite frankly I had never even heard of the Detroit style slice until Motor City opened its doors, so didn’t really know quite what to expect, but after being turned on to deep dish style by the Chicago slice after years of being a thin crust girl I wasn’t going to miss out on trying this version too.
The new restaurant is located on the main Itaewon strip just underneath Lobster Bar. The restaurant is decked out, non surprisingly, in the ubiquitous industrial style chic, but since Detroit is the home of the automotive industry it actually fits for once. In the middle of the restaurant is a very large well stocked bar, so I hope that once they get into the swing of things they are going to come up with a very nice range of cocktails.
The one page menu is made up of a handful of pizzas, some sides like wings and cheese fries, and other main dishes like roast chicken, pork belly and steak. Since I’d already eaten earlier in the evening (I was on a tight schedule) we opted just to try a couple of pizzas. We placed our order and supped on a couple of beers while we waited for the pizzas to arrive.
When the pizza came out I could see a thick and spongy crust, almost like a focaccia, which was covered in sauce and toppings. The Lamb & the Goat (24,500) was topped with aged goats cheese, basil pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes, lamb sausage, cheese, sour cream, house red sauce, red onion and cilantro. There was a whole heap of stuff on this pizza and a lot of bold flavours but it really bloody worked. It was super tasty, salty from the cheese, sweet and acidic from the tomato sauce, meaty and aromatic from the lamb sausage. If you like an explosion of flavour in your mouth then you will get it with this pizza.
Our second choice was La Mafia (25,500). This one was topped with fresh mozzarella, serrano ham, Italian sausage, chili pepper marmalade, roasted red peppers, olives, fresh basil and parmesan. This is not something I would usually go for, as I’m not so into the meat feast style pizzas but the group outvoted me on our second choice. However despite my reservations I hoovered up my two slices with gusto. A slightly fresher and cleaner tasting pizza than the fist one, the ham and salty sausage when eaten with the tomato sauce cheese and herbs just seemed so well balanced. I think if you enjoy ordering the meaty Italian style pizzas then this one is really going to blow your socks off. As stated it’s really not my usual cup of tea but even I couldn’t get enough it.
Overall I was very impressed with what Motor City had to offer, and I’m excited to see more. It certainly exceeded my expectations and the rave reviews I’d heard from all my friends were certainly warranted. The pizzas are an ample size and are not bad at all for their price point. You get 8 slices with each and half a pizza should be fine for most normal eaters. I look forward to trying a couple of the different toppings and sides next time. Long live the pizza revolution.
Motor City is located at 2F, 140-1 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (line 6) and come out of exit 4. Walk straight down this road towards Mcdonalds, Motor city is on the left hand side just after on the 2nd floor below Lobster Bar. For more information you can call them on 02-794-8877 or check out their facebook group. They are open from 12pm -4pm & 5:30pm – 10:30pm everyday except Tuesday.