Cycle 3 – Item 135
19 (Sat) May 2012
at Two Broz
-Itaewon, Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ (and IZ)
Two Broz is an American restaurant. Specializes in burgers.
I learned of the place through Seoul Food’s blog, where it was given a positive review [I’d like to link to the review, but I couldn’t find it]. After trying it out with W for lunch last September, we became instant fans. For the past 8 months, I’ve been eager to give it a second try.
I ordered a set, which included a small salad in balsamic dressing and a mug of draft beer for an additional 4,500 won. The salad was lame. The beer was Cass, which tastes like cASS, but it was nice to have a draft beer with a burger. Incidentally, a draft beer costs the same as a fountain soda, so I had no choice.
The Two Broz bacon cheeseburger was as good as I’d remembered. The lightly toasted bun, handmade daily on the premises, was soft and substantial, and thankfully free of the peculiar sweetness characteristic of other burger buns in Korea. The medium grilled patty, Australian beef, was juicy and flavorful. Real cheese. Real bacon. Fresh lettuce, onion, tomato. Ketchup, mustard, mayo. Just the basics, but basics done right. Strictly speaking, it wasn’t really special enough to warrant a 3.5 rating on absolute terms, but it was probably the best burger that I’ve ever had in Korea. And not too expensive at (the curious price of) 8,200 won, though I’d need at least 2 to make a dent (ideally, I could order the double cheeseburger at 9,800 won for an even bill of 18,000 won).
Just 30 years after fast food burgers hit the country’s mainstream, made-to-order burgers like the ones at Two Broz have suddenly become quite the trend on the Korean restaurant scene these days. Such burgers are described as “suje” (수제), which means “handmade” – aren’t all burgers handmade? Of course, they’re not all equally good. The hanwoo burger at the Butcher’s Cut, for example, which I covered a few weeks ago (see 3.106 Dry Aged Hanwoo 1++ Fielt Mignon Burger), was okayish.
This evening marked IZ’s first time out on the town – Itaewon on a Saturday night, no less. He was a bit freaked by all the noise. He didn’t eat anything.
(See also FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)