The cuisine that I miss the most here in Korea is definitely Mexican food! There are so many cheap and delicious places to grab some food back in my hometown and the lack of choice here in Seoul was sad. A lot of my friends told me that finding good Mexican food here was very hard as the fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine resulted in some weird combos that just didn’t work. Although I was hesitant, I had to check out Vatos Urban Tacos in Itaewon because they always seemed to be poppin’!
I went on a sunny weekend and the place was packed as usual. They take reservations, so I would recommend making one instead of stopping in if you plan on going during the weekend. We had to wait about twenty minutes and it seemed like there was always a huge group outside waiting. The hostess was really friendly though, and everyone seemed to speak English. Since Vato’s Urban Tacos was founded by three Korean Americans I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
Their interior is unique; it kind of feels like a cool warehouse. I really liked the light fixtures with the light bulbs coming out from different angles. The lighting is low so you can feel like you are having an intimate meal. There are little hooks on the side of the table with a bag to put your stuff in. It’s all very awesome looking.
There are a lot of options on the menu. You can find your usual burritos, tacos, quesadillas and nachos. If you are feeling adventurous you can try some of their fusion foods like the kimchi nachos or galbi short rib tacos. My friends and I didn’t have a stomach big enough to eat all the things we wanted to so we settled on the cowboy queso, spicy chicken burrito, galbi short rib tacos and the carne asada burrito.
We definitely weren’t disappointed. The galbi short rib was a little sweet but a good take on Korean-Mexican fusion food. Carne Asada was absolutely delicious; my friend didn’t want it to end! I don’t think melted cheese can ever go wrong so the cowboy queso was a huge hit with everyone. I still miss the white queso that I get at home but this was a good substitute.
We were so full by the end of our meal that we couldn’t try the nutella nachos. I’m on board with anything that involves nutella! I also heard their fish tacos were great so maybe I’ll head back for a fish taco/nutella combo next time.
Q: What is your favorite Mexican food?
How to get to Vato’s Urban Tacos:
Take the subway to Itaewon Station and go out of exit 1. Walk about five minutes down the road and you will find the restaurant on your right next to Ediya Coffee. You can also take bus 110A, 110B, 421 or 3 to the Yongsan Gucheong/Itaewon Market stop. You are basically right in front Vatos.