Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Vatos Urban Korean Tacos Redux
It's been a busy end of the year so I (sadly) had not the chance to check out the new Vatos. Now I knew that on a Saturday it was going to be busy so I went 30 minutes before to put my name down on the list and then went to What the Book! to browse. It took about 45 minutes to get a table.
The new interior is impressive. It has this whole steam-punk, comic-noir feel with the broken brick and plumping pipe tables. It's swanky.
To start I got one of their famous beer-bottled margaritas. I got the Dos XX and my friend got the Tangerine one. It is a tad expensive at 14,000 a piece but you won't need more than one unless you are planning on making a night of it.
One of the owners, the affable Sid, recommended some different dishes and we got eating. The Queso (8,000) with fresh chips were rich and gooey with cheddar cheese. It had some ground beef and chilies in the vat of hot cheese and were fun scooping out with the crisp chips. We followed this with the 3 Shrimp Tacos (10,000). Yum with nice pop from the shrimp,creaminess from sour cream and light hint of lime. We also got the kimchi burrito with pork (10,000). Tart and spicy and very filling. One of these would be enough for a meal.
We didn't leave hungry although desserts were intriguing. I will have to get the Nutella nachos next time.
3 stars (out of 4. Cool space, friendly staff, lots of flavor).
Yongsan-Gu, Itaewon 1-dong 181-8 2nd Floor
Daniel Gray is a Korean-American Adoptee that returned to Korea in 2005 to rediscover his roots. He is a Korean food expert that has worked on and appeared on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, the Kimchi Chronicles, Gourmet Diaries of a Foodie, Unravel Travel, and much more. He was the marketing and tour manager of O'ngo Food Communications from 2010-2015. He is currently the tour and events president of Delectable Travels which is part of the iFamily Corporation. In his free time, he writes and photographs food, culture and travel topics. He writes on his blog Seoul Eats and he has an upcoming book on his adoptee experiences.