Cycle 14 – Item 069
15 (Wed) March 2023
-Itaewon, Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Hacienda is a Tex-Mex restaurant.
Looking back at photo of The Wolfhound from Cycle 6 (see 6.220 Buffalo Wings), which was housed in the same building, I was astounded to discover that Hacienda has been there the entire time, same signage, but I don’t remember the place.
Other than Hacienda, and McDonald’s, I am aware of only 3 restaurants in Itaewon that are still around from the old days when I was a regular in the neighborhood: Sultan Kebab (1.044 Lamb + Chicken Kebabs), Agra (2.337 Tandoori Shrimp), Braai Republic (3.311 South African Meat Platter).
In advance of a planning meeting at YISS for the upcoming book fair, we left the office a bit early to grab lunch in Itaewon.
Wandering around the neighborhood, we decided on Hacienda. At that moment, I was under the assumption that the restaurant was new.
Indeed, the burrito was entirely mediocre. No beans or vegetables, certainly no cilantro, just dry chicken and unseasoned rice and too much cheese – totally amateur. Seemed to confirm the restaurant to be yet another upstart “Mexican” joint run by people who’ve never eaten a real burrito (see for example 13.294 What the Motherfuck).
Now that I know that the restaurant goes back at least 8 years, I’m finding it hard to believe that they’ve remained in business with such half-assed food, especially in Itaewon, where authenticity is critical. Maybe new ownership, new kitchen.
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)