Kim’s Taco in Gangnam – worth the hype?

Having lived in Korea for a decade, I have been to my fair share of Mexican restaurants. I remember being so happy when Taco Bell opened its doors in Itaewon, as it finally meant reliable TexMex food. I could always count on them to deliver tasty, greasy, yet semi-affordable tacos and burritos.

 

Fast forward a few years later, and I was invited to check out a new restaurant in Gangnam, Seoul. The restaurant is called Kim’s Taco, and is owned by some Korean Americans from Los Angeles who decided to bring LA style Mexican foods to Seoul.

Check out my full review on YouTube-

I arrived at the restaurant at 4 PM on a Saturday. They had just re-opened after taking a short afternoon break. The restaurant immediately filled up, and the kitchen had to go into overdrive to meet the demands of the patrons. Luckily, I was able to secure a seat on their small patio outside.

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Look at this feast! If the weather is nice, definitely try to sit outside!

We started the meal with a signature cocktail – the Cantaritos. This large cocktail combines classic Korean soju with Jarritos – a Mexican soda made with cane sugar. The result was something that tasted like a light margarita. Was refreshing, but also packed a nice alcohol punch!

The serving was for 2, however I may have consumed it all by myself. Ooops! Cost: 15000 KRW (can also be made with tequila)

Next up we were able to sample a variety of tacos, quesadillas, as well as their french fries.

I quite enjoyed all the food that I tasted. Portions were quite large, and the price was very reasonable. I personally really enjoyed the fish tacos. The fish was light and flakey, and was battered using Cass beer.

The fish tacos (upper right) were some of my favorites! The french fries were also pretty spectacular.

What makes Kim’s Taco unique is the fact that they hand press the tortillas throughout the day. This, combined with their other fresh ingredients, makes for an experience similar to what I would have in the USA.

The restaurant mainly serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tostada bowls. Each item can be served with either chicken, beef, or pork.

Beef tacos and pork tacos on fresh flour tortillas, topped with diced onion and fresh cilantro. Yum!
L: Cantaritos cocktail R: Asada Fries
These two things go together very well! Bring a friend and share!

If you wish to check out Kim’s Taco – I would recommend going early, as the shop is small, and seating is limited. Also, plan to check out their cocktails! I would also advise bringing a group of people, if possible, and ordering family style. This way, you’re able to try as many different foods as possible!

 

Kim’s Taco is located between Gangnam Station and Yeoksam Station.

**Although we were invited to the restaurant in exchange for a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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