I’ve long been a lover of salads, in fact going to the DIY salad bar when back home is one of my favourite things ever, so when I heard that Seoul had finally got one I was pretty darn excited. What A Salad is located on the the road running parallel with the main one in Itaewon. The space is pretty minimalist with a large kitchen running against one wall, and then the seating separated by a lovely living wall on the other. Unfortunately the chairs are those rather uncomfortable high chairs, so its not really the best spot for having a cosy long lunch, but it will suit those who want to grab a quick bite to eat.
On the menu are half a dozen pre-designed salads, plus a list of ingredients, add ins, and dressings if you’d prefer to create your own. I was a touch on the hungover side that day, so felt that designing my own salad was beyond my own creative capabilities, so just decided to choose one off the board. However next time I’ll certainly be having a go at coming up with my own.
The salad I opted for was the Hola Spicy (10,900). The salad included romaine lettuce, rose kale, spinach, roast spicy chicken, grilled corn, boiled egg, red onion, and croutons, and was tossed in a spicy ranch dressing. I honestly can’t say it was all that spicy but it was tasty just the same. I adored the cute wooden bowls and it was a nice sized portion, especially when combined with the two pieces of pita bread.
TFB jumped at the chance to get some salmon in his gob and went for the Omega Fiesta (13,400). This was a mix of romaine lettuce, rose kale, gravlax salmon, avocado, tomato, cucumber, red onion and miso ginger dressing. This one was really different to mine and I adored the Asian inspired zingy ginger dressing. Again the salad seemed well balanced and was quite filling.
It was a ridiculously hot day, so I ordered one of their Home made Hibiscus Iced Teas (3,600) to cool me down. It was flavourful enough and no sugar was added which you may consider a good or bad thing. They also have a charming Belgian rosé beer available and some wine if you you really can’t get through a meal without an alcoholic beverage.
Overall I really enjoyed What A Salad, the ingredients are fresh and tasty and I’m glad we finally have something like this available to us. The fact that you make your own makes it really accessible for vegans, veggies and intolerant types which is a real plus. For me it’s a touch on the pricey side to make it feasible to be an every day occurrence but it’s still a makes for a nice treat once or twice a week.
What A Salad is located at 74-33 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit 4. Turn back back on yourself and then take the first right after the bank. Walk straight down this street, you will see What A Salad about half way down just opposite the CU. For more information you can call them on 02-794-9353 or check out their facebook page.