Right now in the foodie world it seems as though burgers are the new black. Nary a day goes by without me getting another recommendation for Seoul’s latest best burger. On my burger quest I’ve tried more than my fair share, but I’d yet to have never had a vegan burger in Seoul. So when I saw there was a new vegan joint in town, I figured it was worth a try, especially since I have been trying to be a little bit healthier lately.
Huggers is located on a residential street in Hannam, just a little way after taking a right at the Cheil building. The restaurant itself is pretty minimalist, stark white with a kitchen at the back and a few tables and chairs, but quite honestly it is the food that I’m interested in, not the decor.
After taking a look at the four different burgers on the menu, I decided to go for the BBQ Burger (9,000). A veggie patty in an organic bun, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, grilled onion and tomato. First things first was that it looked great, I have no idea how they make vegan cheese but it looked just like the real thing. The cheese paired with the patty, grilled onions and BBQ sauce was actually very tasty. If you can’t eat meat then this is a good substitute, the patty had a great texture and the burger was very filling. One thing that I found strange was the little pile of chips on the side. I honestly thought the waitress had got hungry on the way over from the kitchen, and eaten them. What was the point of giving four chips, maybe if there had been a little pile of salad, some coleslaw etc then sure, but the chips were the only thing, it was completely ridiculous, give a proper portion or just don’t bother.
My dining companion ordered the Pesto Avocado Burger (11,000). This one had an organic bun, basil pesto, avocado, cheddar cheese, sweet mustard, grilled onion, and tomato. Again with the chips lol, at least it gave us something to laugh about. The pesto added an extra dimension and the avocado a nice creaminess. I would probably say of the two I preferred this one as it was more complex in terms of flavour. It just popped a little more thanks to the basil.
After our burgers, we were very kindly given a batch of their vegan ice cream on the house. It was refreshing and had a lovely slightly sweet coconut taste. A touch grainy but the owner told us she is still experimenting. It was the ideal thing to revive us on such a hot day.
Overall I was pretty happy with my burger and I know a place like this is going to be a godsend to my vegan and vegetarian readers. If they continue expanding the menu and adding new items then I’m sure it will become quite a popular place to eat. The food is healthy and they really go out of their way to make their menu 70% organic which a really rare thing to find, even in Itaewon. I hope it gets the support it deserves.
Huggers is located at 686-22 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station and come out of exit 3. Walk straight until you get to the Cheil Building and turn right, walk over the bridge then take the first right. walk down this street until you reach Huggers which is on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-749-9493 or check out their website. Huggers is open from 11:30am-10:00pm everyday.