Seoul Restaurant Review – Noksapyeong ‘TACO chili chili’
Not only is it time for me to do another restaurant review, I stumbled on another Mexican restaurant in Seoul! So I can’t think of a better restaurant for this months review than TACO chilichili. I will also be comparing it to my experience at the chain restaurant Tomatillo’s. You can read the review for Tomatillo’s that was posted back in June by clicking on this link. http://www.catracing.org/hendrb/repost-seoul-restaurant-review-tomatilla-2/.
While trying to find a money changer open on Halloween night in the Itaewon district, I accidentally turned down one street too soon on Nopsopyeong-Ro, and fortuitously found this restaurant. I made a note to go back that weekend with Mi Jung to try them out.
Mi Jung ordered the enchilada plate, while I ordered the burrito and we got a nacho plate to split between us.
The nacho plate looked like it had potential, but I was very disappointed with the chips, they were basically store bought Tostito type chips which left the flavor very flat, even with the toppings. To be fair I have yet to find decent tortilla chips in Korea. I give the nacho’s **1/2 stars out of 5. While the portion was OK to split between two people (Definitely not like Tomatilla’s new steak nacho’s which a meal in itself. is), the mediocre chips just ruined it for me.
My burrito was very good, it was flavorful, and definitely spicy with some additional sauce. My only complaint, is the use of too much cilantro (Though I am by nature not a big fan of cilantro. So you can take this with a grain of salt.). The size of the burrito was good, and with the nacho’s made for a nice dinner. I give the burrito 4 stars.
I did get to take a bite of Mi Jungs enchilada, and it tasted OK, but I think I preferred the burrito. Again this was only 1 bite. I will have to try it again to actually make a fair rating. Mi Jung ate the entire plate, so I can say she liked it.
The restaurant was decently sized, as it had both a small downstairs seating area as well as a larger upstairs area with a bar. Even so it was still definitely crowded. The restaurant was clean, and the ordering process easy. The time between ordering was decent. It would have been nice if I could have gotten my beer while waiting on the food, as it would have provided a good time to relax and talk.
Food Portions ***1/2 (The portions of some of the items in the menu look small)
Flavor ***1/2 (Nacho’s ruined it for me, and I thought Mi Jung’s enchilada was mediocre)
I would like to go back to the restaurant and try more of their food, especially to try their TACO’s, which should be what they are famous for going by their name. Growing up in Southern California it is nice to find a variety of Mexican restaurants to choose from in Korea.
On a side note. On the way back we found a couple of Churro stands, and judging by the lines, these placing are very popular. Mi Jung tried one, and said it was very good!
How to get there.
- Metro Line #6 – Noksopyeong Exit #1. Walk down Noksapyeong Street until you come to Taco Chilli Chili – Next to Thunder Burger
- You can also take City Bus 143, or Yongsan 03 BUS from Sinyongsan station. Yongsan 03 bus goes in a loop, so just get on the same bus when you’re done to return to Sinyongsan