I have been a big fan of Salt House Deli for a couple of years now, which is why I have written about it twice. They sell their amazing meat and deli products online and you can have them shipped directly your door. They were one of the first companies to start making a wide selection of deli meats in Korea, so they are really special. Last year they opened their first restaurant in Mangwon to showcase their amazing products.
The store is very rustic in style, with a large deli shop area where you can buy food to go and a small sit down restaurant where you can take your time and and enjoy it. The menu is pretty large, with a great selection of hot and cold sandwiches, along with some charcuterie platters. They also had a soup of the day, which we ordered. The Tomato & Basil Soup (4,000) was very small, however it made up for it in flavour. It has been a long time since I had a good tomato soup and it reminded me of home. We especially loved the fact that it came stuffed with croutons and was topped with crispy bits of bacon.
It was really hard to choose which sandwich to order, but we finally settled on the Reuben (14,000). Damn was this sandwich something else, it was next level delicious. The country bread was fried in butter making it extra crispy and moreish. The house made pastrami was piled up along with sauerkraut, Emmental cheese, and Russian dressing. Everything worked so well together, even the slightly spicy dressing, it like was a party in my mouth. It came with a side of crispy potatoes with a yummy sour cream dip, I could have eaten a whole plate of those bad boys. The house made pickles were good too, not too sour but enough to pack a punch. Obviously this is no cheap sandwich, though it’s 3,000 less if you get it to go. Personally I think that it was worth it though, I found it very filling and the quality was up to par.
Instead of getting a second sandwich, we decided to try the Bacon & Eggs (14,000). This plate consisted of two slices of their thick house cured bacon, two poached eggs, toast, and garlic spinach all served in a cast iron skillet. Brunch lovers will be all over this. I am a big fan of Eggs Florentine so this was kind of like that without the hollandaise. I have had their bacon before so was excited to try it again. It was crispy without being overdone. They tend to cut it on the thicker side which is ideal for this kind of dish. The poached eggs were perfect with lovely runny yolks and sat atop a pile of garlic spinach. There was also a side of those yummy crispy potatoes. It was a very well rounded brunch platter, I’d order it again for sure.
Sadly there are no actual brunch cocktails such as Bloody Marys and Mimosas, however they do have locally brewed craft beers, wine by the glass and bottle, and a couple of cocktails. It being a weekday we weren’t drinking and just ordered the special Citron Ade (8,000) which was nice – but it would have been better with a splash of vodka lol.
Overall I had a great meal, I though it was well worth the price. I could not stop thinking about that Reuben and was very close to ordering a second to take home. I know I will be back soon with my Chubby Hubby. Just one word of warning if you plan to go on a weekend they were recently on TV so you may have to queue. If you don’t live in Seoul, you can always check out their website and get some of their deli meats delivered to your home.
Salt House is located at 57-38 Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Mangwon Station (line 6) and come out of exit 2. Turn back on yoursel and walk down the street directly to the right behind the station. Take the first right turn and walk down this street. You will see Salt House a little way up on the right hand side a little way down just as the road forks. For more information you can call them on 02-336-2617 or check out their website. They are open from 11am-10pm Tuesday to Sunday, and closed on Mondays.