Last week one of my bestest best friends asked me if I knew a great first date restaurant. Somewhere with nice food and ambiance, but that wasn’t too expensive or noisy. And to be honest I drew a bit of a blank, there are tonnes of fab restaurants in Itaewon but not too many that fall in the middle. There are some awesome holes in walls with insatiably tasty, cheap food, fancy finer dining affairs or cool hip haunts that are all about being seen, but nowhere that is suitable for a first date without being too pricey (no one wants to blow their wad on a tinder date). So when I was invited to come and check out Bloc Party I knew I’d finally found what he was looking for.
The small but cosy two floor restaurant is nestled up in the alley that runs behind the Mosque. The street like every other in the Yongsan area has experienced a surge of popularity and is now home to a variety of quirky cafes and restaurants. Bloc Party’s star attraction is its vast view over Itaewon, the large floor to ceiling windows afford you plenty to see while you peruse the eclectic European menu.
After we had taken a good look at the one page menu, we decided to order the Crispy Fried Spinach (9,500) to kick things off. I’ve never had spinach this way before and like all things deep fried it was rather moreish. Topped with mushrooms and crumbled chorizo it was quite a treat indeed, and the perfect thing to pick at over drinks.
As an extra dish we were given some Nachos which aren’t on the menu. Topped with ground beef, home made pico de gaillo, and sour cream. While they were enjoyable to nibble at, they weren’t really a stand out dish for me, I prefer my nachos smothered in cheese, sauce and other toppings, but a nice sentiment at least. The spinach is definitely the way forward in regards to starters.
As a main dish we decided to go for the rather sweetly named Greg’s Cheeseburger Meal (12,000). One of my dining companions had been before and really recommended it and I have to say I was quite impressed. The burger was a flavourful meaty European style patty, topped with American cheese and homemade barbecue sauce. It was served with real sweet potato fries which were perfection and a nice array of side salad veggies. Quite a bargain for the price.
As well as the burger we also ordered The Pasta with Sausage and Pink Sauce (12,000). This was my favourite dish of the day. The sauce was incredibly rich and creamy I could have licked the plate clean. The sausage was handmade by the chef Greg to his own recipe and had a wonderful chorizo herby like flavour, it was quite a dish and I would certainly order it again next time.
We settled on a House White to drink (8,000). A semi sweet Californian wine, I really enjoyed this a lot considering I’m not usually much of a wine drinker. It had the ideal balance of dry and sweet notes and went perfectly with the food. Overall a very enjoyable meal, and the perfect place for a first date or casual meal with friends.
Bloc Party is located at 51 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (line 6). Come out of exit 3 walk straight until you reach the intersection then turn right and walk up the hill, Cross over and take the right hand street that leads to the Mosque and keep walking straight for about 300 meters. Once you reach the Mosque take the right hand fork and keep walking straight, Bloc Party is on the left. For more information you can call them on 070-8683-7656 or check out their facebook page for more details.