Call it an early Christmas present but I may have just found my new favourite burger. After the months and months of searching and the endless recriminations from fellow foodies I have finally found a burger that makes me go Mmmm. I have been all over town searching for a burger that I can love, while I have found plenty that I like none have quite made the cut until now.
Itaewon the Burger is nestled in the “Linus” alleyway, there are obviously plenty of other restaurants and bars along this strip but none as ubiquitous as the BBQ joint. The restaurant itself is pretty simple, nothing fancy except the “Stranger Things” inspired signage which ensures all of the pictures come out with a lovey red hue to them.
So the burger that pleased me so very much was the Big Double Burger (12,900). The reason I probably enjoy this burger so much compared to the other popular burgers around town is the fact that it’s charcoal grilled, and for me that always imparts plenty of flavour to the meat. Secondly the bun was really really good, and thirdly it was stuffed with bacon and cheese. All of these ingredients worked in perfect harmony to give me the burgery bite of goodness I have been hankering after. The burger itself was very juicy and a little hard to eat as it started falling apart about half way through, but this doesn’t particularly bother me, and I’m often covered in food juice thanks to my less than elegant table manners. If a fault had to be found it would be that the pickles are sweet and not dill but after alerting the owner to this fact he said he intends to rectify it very soon. All in all I was beyond happy with this burger and stuffed to the gills, which again is a very rare occurrence.
TFB accompanied me and ordered himself the BLT & Egg Burger (10,900). I had a bite of this one, and while it couldn’t compare to my own piece of double burger heaven it was still pretty solid. I wasn’t quite sold on the spicy sauce but liked the addition of the egg. Perhaps a different sauce and some avocado and they’d be on to a winner. We made this one a set for an extra 4,500 and were given a full sized can of Sprite and not the tiny one, which was nice, and a generous portion of Cajun fries.
The rest of the burgers on the menu are a bit of a mix, there is a shrimp burger probably geared to please the Korean clientele, and a sloppy Joe for the Americans. I was told that they are planning to add at least another 5 or 6 burgers to the menu soon which should keep things interesting for regulars, especially if they add a BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger.
After enjoying our meal we had a quick chat with the owner (I had to congratulate him on such a fine job) and he told me they also have a private room out the back which can be reserved free of charge and fits about 14 people. He is also opening up a craft beer bottle shop below so people are more than welcome to get drinks from downstairs if they are having a private party.
Itaewon the Burger is located at 22 Noksapyeong-daero 32-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and come out of exit 3. Walk straight then use the crossing to get over to the Itaewon side. Take the first alleyway on your right, just next to where Suji’s used to be. Walk down this street, you will see Itaewon the Burger on the right side about half way up. For more information you can call them on 02-797-8940 or visit their facebook page. They are open everyday from 11am-10pm.