Tacos tacos everywhere, it seems you can’t swing a dead cat without bumping into a taco stand here in Seoul. Despite last years taco trend reaching its peak, it seems that the taco stores just keep on coming to tantalize our taste buds. Earlier this year we saw the opening of Little Baja, and now Villa Guerrero has opened it’s doors in Samseong-dong. I had already planned a visit when the owner got in contact with me and invited me to have a couple of tacos and a beer on the house.
The restaurant is small and located in an alleyway just by the brand new Samseong Jungang station. You’ll know when you get there as a sofa is outside to seat the queuers and the whole place is festooned with the bright colours of Mexico.
The menu is small, very small, there are carnitas tacos, quesadillas, guacamole and that’s it. The first we had to trywas the carnitas tacos (4,000). Wheat tortilla, which is always my preference, topped with delicous slices of lard cooked pork and a little bit of of skin. This one was the jackpot, nice rich and meaty sauce, it was almost like gravy, the guacamole was just enough to give it that extra pop and cut through the fat of the meat along with the salsa. I inhaled this in about three bites.
After my first taco I was asked if I would like to the try the the stomach lining, usually I’m somewhat squeamish about these things but I decided to put on my big girl pants and just crack on and give it a try. I’m not going to lie, in it’s original state it looks disgusting, see for yourself, but once it was all chopped up it tasted fine. I think I preferred the original taco as the the fat/skin was kind of jelly like but it wasn’t bad. He said that this one is considered the real deal by taco aficionados in Mexico.
Lastly we had to try the quesadilla (6,000). While it doesn’t look anything special, the lashings of melted cheese make it more than worthy of a try. With a blob of guacamole I cant imagine your wouldn’t walk out happy after eating this quesadilla.
We chased down our tacos with a couple of Mexican beers, priced at 6000won each. All in all it was a good meal and another string on the bow of Seoul’s taco landscape.
Villa Guerrero is located at 118-21 Samseong-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul South Korea. To get there take a train to Samseong Jungang Station(Line 9 – so new it doesn’t even appear on my subway app yet!) and come out exit 7. Take your first left, just before the Woori Bank and walk on for about 50 metres. Villa Guerrero is on your right hand side. For more information you can check out their Facebook page or their website.