A BLT is a classic sandwich back home, and not a sandwich shop in the land would leave it off the menu, but here in Korea they aren’t so common. While there is still a long way to go to rival the bounty of sandwiches we can enjoy at home, things have come a long way in the 9 years that I have lived here. Just BLT opened up in Haebangchon a few months ago, and after hearing good things from some some very picky people I figured it was worth a try.
Like the name suggests they sell only BLT sandwiches, though you can customize them by choosing a different mayo or adding fries, a fried egg, and extra bacon for a few dollars more. The sandwiches cost 8,500 each and are pretty hearty in size. While there is technically only one sandwich on the menu, there are 10 different mayos to choose from. After some consideration I ordered the Garlic Mayo BLT, after my companion opted for my first choice of Ssamjang Mayo BLT. The sandwiches took a good 15 minutes to make but they were well worth the wait. The bacon was thick and meaty with a smokey and slightly salty flavour. The toasted bread was also robust and, like the bacon, made in house. The mayos were very generous, and although I found the garlic one a little overpowering, the ssamjang one was a delight and went so well with the bacon. One small difference was that the tomato here was cut into chunks rather than the rounds back home, they also came served with a pile of jalapenos which I personally didn’t need, but the boys seemed to enjoy.
It being the season of over eating, we figured we would also add a portion of the BLT Fries (8,000). The seasoned fries were sat upon a pile of lettuce and tomato which I found a bit redundant, although it did make me feel like I was being quite healthy. They were then topped with BBQ sauce, jalapeno mayo, and bacon flakes. These were very moreish, we loved the combo of sauces, and the paprika seasoning really was very tasty and uplifted them from being the standard fries you tend to find everywhere. We would definitely order these again.
Overall we loved our sandwiches and I was really impressed by this latest addition to the HBC food scape. Both the bacon and the bread are made in house, which is probably why they were so good. We came for dinner, but I couldn’t help but think that if you added an egg, it would make a very nice brunch, especially since they have a Bloody Mary on the menu. The drinks menu, which we didn’t partake in, looked very reasonable too, with lots of well priced brand named liquors, so it could make a good day drinking / pregame spot. The sandwiches are also available on Shuttle if it is too cold to leave the house.
Just BLT is located at 7 Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and come out of exit 2. Walk straight to the end of the road and then turn left. Walk straight along this street, Just BLT is on the left hand side, just past the kimchi pots. For more information you can call them on 010-3072-2619.