Last week I put on my walking boots and ventured up the hill in Gyeongridan to check out the Cuban sandwiches at Revolución with my paparazzi professor neighbour, Mike from Metropolitician.
The restaurant is brand spanking new, and has only been open for a few weeks. It’s located on a residential street just up the hill from Maloney’s bar, though I’m sure it won’t be long before the entire stretch of road is filled with eateries to feed the ever growing masses.
The bar/restaurant is a converted villa and is decorated in a warmer version of the derelict bare walls look that all Gyeongdridan bars are obliged to be styled in. Old church pews and bar stools are used instead of chairs and there is a warm fire roaring in the corner, the owner was even toasting some chestnuts while we were there, how quaint can you get.
Sticking with Gyeongdridan tradition they serve up their own variety of draft Craft beers. I ordered a Tropical Citrus Wheat (7,000) having recently discovered that I am a big fan of wheat beers. Tasty and very reasonably priced and in the most adorable glasses, which lets face it is an incredibly important fact to consider when choosing where to drink
On the small but perfectly formed menu is the Jamaican Beef Patty (4,000). A handmade meat stuffed piece of pastry goodness. The crisp outside is stuffed with a spicy meat filling that has a heat that really grows on you, not bad at all for the price.
As well as the Jamaican Patties, we all ordered ourselves a Cuban sandwich with beer brined potatoes (10,000). Cuban sandwiches are currently experiencing dizzying heights of popularity and are making their way onto menus all over town, so we had to give this one a try after hearing about its greatness on the sandwich grapevine.
Grilled bread stuffed with Swiss cheese, salami, ham, and roast pork shoulder. The bread is smeared with whole grain mustard and festooned with pickles. The first bite definitely earned the Mmmm factor, the mustard and pickles really balanced out the meats. A very good sarnie indeed, well worth the walk up the hill. The sandwich was accompanied with beer brined home-cooked chips. It was nice to see some proper chips on the menu and not just the frozen mass produced ones which are usually served up in every restaurant in the area. The insides were well cooked and fluffy but they could be a touch crisper on the outside to make them perfect. I’m not sure how many times they are cooked, but an extra turn in the fryer may be all they need to make them into chip heaven.
As well as the Cuban, they have a duck and brie sandwich on the menu which I’m sure is also well worth a try. The atmosphere is pleasant and the owner friendly. It’s a good casual spot to grab a sandwich and sink a few beers for a very reasonable price.
Revolucion is located at 224-56 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and come out of exit 2. Walk straight until you reach the underpass then go through and exit using the left hand stairs. Follow the road around past Paris Baguette and the Well Being Mart until you reach Maloneys Pub. Take the alleyway going up the hill for two blocks then turn right. Revolution will be just up ahead on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 010-4528-8398 or check out their facebook page.