Food + Soju + Good Times
Charcoalo is an American style BBQ restaurant that recently opened in Apgujung. On first impression I loved the red freight car “building”, it really stands out in design and color. Also, the interior is much bigger than you would expect and they have a working bathroom.
I thought the design concept of the menu was great but it was confusing. If you can’t read the description written in Korean, then its hard to tell what exactly it is based on the english name. In total there were 3 pages of food menu and another page for drinks. After like 15 minutes, I pretty much gave up and ordered one of the sandwiches on the first page.
Iced americano (KRW 7,000)
Diet coke (KRW 5,000). Are you kidding me??? This really pissed me off.
Coleslaw (KRW 4,000). It was horrible, the only thing I tasted was vinegar. I ate two bites and did not touch it again.
Philly Cheese Steak (KRW 19,000). As you can see from the last picture, there is so little meat compared to the bread. The meat actually tasted very good and considering they are charging you $20, they should be ashamed of themselves. The fries were nice and crispy, double fried, similar to Burger King.
Bacon Cheese & Sausage Doggy Style (KRW 13,000). The sausage was very good, it had some jalapenos mixed in, it was wrapped in a nice smokey thick cut bacon. Koreans love corn and I’m becoming a big fan too. Dare I say, I don’t mind corn on my pizza, it adds a subtle sweetness.
Overall its a good-looking restaurant and fun menu but it is way overpriced. People will come and check it out because it’s new and different, but I highly doubt they will have many repeat customers. The meats in both sandwiches were very good, which makes me curious about their BBQ meats, ribs, steaks, etc. But $40 for a full slab of ribs, and knowing Korea they will most likely be very skinny, I don’t think I will pay that kind of money.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Charcoalo (차콜로): 02-515-3983 in Apgujung near CineCity CGV.