Hey hey hey, everybody! It’s almost the end of October already, and I’m definitely in the Halloween spirit. I do miss the changing leaves, football, and apple cider, but tonight I had a legit taste of home to kick-off my Halloween weekend. Although tacos aren’t really known for being synonymous with Halloween, the ones I had at Gusto Taco were frighteningly good. Here’s their website. If you’re going there by metro, get off at Sangsu, and come out exit 1. Make a U-turn to your right when you come out, and walk down the street for two minutes. You’ll see it on your left.
Growing up in Chicago, I’ve had my fair share of Mexican cuisine, and I’ve chronicled it in a few of my posts (See Salsa and Nopales). Therefore, I was somewhat skeptical when all of my friends were raving that Gusto Taco had the best tacos they’ve every tried in their lives. So when we walked in, it was a pretty basic looking place with close to no one inside. I went for the pork chipotle tacos and the pollo asada (grilled chicken) tacos. There are two tacos to each order, and the price range of tacos goes from 5,700 Won to 8,000 for the shrimp tacos. They’re moderately sized, but I would soon find out that the flavors packed into them were larger than life. They also have burritos, nachos, and quesadillas if you aren’t feeling like a taco fiesta is for you. First, there were the chipotle pork tacos which everyone in my group recommended. Looking at the various ingredients in the taco like the pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, and a light spritz of tomatillo salsa, I could see that these tacos were something special. After the first bite, I could now see why my friends were acting like these tacos were the crystal meth of foreign foodstuffs. My friend, Danielle, who was with me, asked the Walter White or perhaps the Jesse of the operation, in reality a small Korean woman, if they made their own tortillas. Turns out that they do, and they were the best corn tortillas I’ve ever tasted. Not only did they have that slightly oily corn character to every bite, but they were extremely resilient amid my own personal feeding frenzy. When the guacamole hit the water, I went full-on Jaws on those pork tacos. As for the meat, it was a strange yet refreshing fusion of typical Mexican pork with an almost gyro-esque texture but with a bit less grease. However, I don’t know quite where the cilantro comes in since I couldn’t really taste any of it aside from in the pico de gallo. I was thinking that there would be perhaps some sort of cilantro rub or the like on the meat. Just make sure you’re ready to get your hands a bit dirty with grease/juices while eating them. They also go great with a splash or two of the complimentary Tabasco hot sauce Gusto Taco provides. As for the grilled chicken tacos, they were great but not as amazing at the pork cilantro tacos. While the meat was delicious white breast chunks, it had the same ingredients from the cilantro pork tacos. The main difference between the two tacos beyond the obvious of having two different types of meat was that the chicken tacos let the supporting cast of condiments share the spotlight which resulted in a more even taste. A definite contrast to machísimo puerco tacos striding out across your palate like a proud matador who just dispatched an unlucky bull. Either way, I was thoroughly satisfied with my food and service.
So if you’re looking for one of my top three places for food in Seoul (I’m not kidding), go to Gusto Taco. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about. If not, remember this old saying, “El perro que no anda, hueso no encuentra” (The dog that doesn’t wander will not find a bone), so wander on down to Gusto Taco. Vale la pena! (It’s worth the effort!)