Cycle 13 – Item 84
30 (Wed) March 2022
from Numero Cinqo
in the Boss’s office
-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with the Boss
Numero Cinqo is an Italian restaurant. Specializes in sandwiches.
The restaurant is part of the neighborhood Numero restaurant group. I’ve dined at Numero Tres many times (see generally 11.318 Spaghetti Carbonara). I’ve passed by Numero Dos but haven’t yet been. No idea about Numero Uno or Numero Cuatro.
Come to think of it, I don’t know why an Italian chain is named in Spanish.
According to the manager, the bread is made from the same dough as used in the pizza at Numero Tres, but fermented longer to increase flavor.
The Fish Sandwich was okay. Unquestionably, the bread was the star of the show, starting with its rustic appearance and rough texture in hand, executing beautifully chewy yet fluffy in every bite, a whiff of tanginess like a sourdough, a hint of char from the wood-fired oven. The sautéed cod was tasty per se, but too soft in structure and too light in flavor against the bread. Finally, the combination of dijon mustard and cranberry made for an odd spicy-sweetness that was confusing. Still, I appreciated the thoughtfulness of the concept and quality execution.
The other sandwiches are definitely worth trying.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)