Location(s):  Gangnam

Food Category:  Mexican Fusion

Price Range:  $$

Seating:  Plenty / Good for Groups or a Date

Atmosphere:  Casual

Website: http://www.cnpcompany.kr/brand

Phone Number: 02-538-8854​

The

Quick Facts:

MUCHACHO

The Muchacho Price Range:

8,500won - 14,000won

The Muchacho Story :

October 24, 2018

Muchacho is a Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant in the middle of the Gangnam strip.  The Mexican-Korean fusion movement is something dear to my heart.  Back when I was in college in Los Angeles, Roy Choi created Kogi Truck... and after Mexican-Korean fusion food started to boom in Los Angeles.  There are a couple of Mexican-Korean fusion restaurants in Seoul already, but to hear there was one near were I live in Gangnam I was super stoked.      

Muchacho is in one of the alley ways off the side of the main Gangnam Station strip, but it's not horribly hard to find.  After walking downstairs into the restaurant you see neon lights and are greeted with casual and chill vibes.  They had good music playing and it felt like an American bar/restaurant.  It had a very laid back and cool setting.  I went there after work on a weekday dinner, and the crowd eating there looked like people just like me who had just finished work. 

They offer a wide range of Mexican-Korean fusion food; Tacos, Quesadilla, Burrito, Bowls, and other Side Dishes.  They also have an open kitchen and bar which was pretty cool and the staff was nice enough to recommend their favorite food.  They list the food ingredient in Korean, and it was interesting seeing the mixture of Mexican and Korean inside each food.  I decided to order a burrito and a taco, and grabbed an Indica IPA to wash it all down.    

Definitely the vibes and atmosphere are unique to find in Gangnam.  In a location with a bunch of Korean style or boogie restaurant, finding this place in Gangnam was a pleasant surprise!  

The Food Ordered At Muchacho:

Short-Rib Tacos

Price: 8,500won

Taste:  The Short-Rib Tacos ingredients; 6inch tortilla, marinated short-rib, tomato roja, onion salsa, and cilantro.  I was super excited for the Short-Rib Tacos.  Short-Rib Tacos is one of the staples of Mexican-Korean fusion restaurants.  Sadly, the Short-Rib Tacos were just OK.  The protein was a mixture of burnt tasting and Galbi marinade.  I did like the onion salsa, tomato roja, and cilantro inside.  It gave the tacos a fresh taste.  However, the meat tasting burnt... and for 8,500won or 4,250won per taco I personally don't think it's worth it.

Muchacho Burrito

Price:  12,000won

Taste:  The Muchacho Burrito ingredients; Beef Brisket, Kimchi Fried Rice, 10inch tortilla, fajita, salsa, romaine lettuce,  cheese, corn salsa, Korean style sauce, sriracha sauce, sour cream, green onion, guacamole.  The burrito had a much better mixture of Mexican and Korean fusion taste.  The ingredients worked, and the Korean style sauce was very interesting.  I personally never had a Beef Brisket burrito, and I was intrigued.  However again... paying 12,000won for a burrito the size of a fist was a little bit of a turn off.

Bottom line

The vibes of Muchacho's is dope.  From the decoration to the music, I loved it.  However, the food was just OK for me.  The burrito's flavors was interesting but I personally don't think it's worth the bang for the buck.  It is still a solid place and Muchacho has a strong following in Korea, so if you are in the area and want Mexican-Korean fusion go for it! 

The Rating At Muchacho:

The Hours, Website, & Phone Number At Muchacho:

SUNDAY: 11:30AM - 11:00PM

MONDAY: 11:30AM - 11:00PM

TUESDAY: 11:30AM - 11:00PM

WEDNESDAY: 11:30AM - 11:00PM

THURSDAY: 11:30AM - 11:00PM

FRIDAY: 11:30AM - 11:30PM

SATURDAY: 11:30AM - 11:30PM

 

http://www.cnpcompany.kr/brand

Phone Number: 02-538-8854​

The Location & Directions To Muchacho:

812-18 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Directions  

Walk out of Gangnam Station 11 straight until you see CGV.  Turn right before the CGV and walk up the small hill.  On the 2nd street turn left into the alleyway (you will see a Chicago Pizza&Pub), and Muchacho will be on the right. 

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