Avocados taste great in any dish, but one of our favorites is of course when it’s turned into guacamole. It’s delicious even with off-brand bodega chips, and surely, heavenly with great Mexican dishes. Fortunately, we’ve got a few good Mexican places in Seoul now, but El Pino 323 located near Aeogae Station is one serious eatery you should have on your list.
In the basement of a 30-year old apartment building full of miscellaneous shops, El Pino 323 welcomes its patrons with a cozy atmosphere created by an open kitchen, surrounding bar seatings and a few table seatings which is quite fitting for its home-style menus.
El Pino 323’s guacamole is refreshing and quite heady, with green onions, young cilantro leaves, a generous amount of lime juice and a perfect blend of light spices. With pleasantly tangy notes, it’s perfect when added to the Carne Asada Tacos, which has scrumptious pieces of seasoned beef, pico de gallo, cilantro onion, guacamole and hot sauce atop homemade tortilla. Even by the look, you can tell these 3 pieces of taco are simply exciting, while taking a single bite of them would easily put you in a food coma. Well, that’s’ what happened to me anyway — I tried as hard as possible to do my job, but I simply failed to be conscious until I realized that all 3 pieces were gone from the plate. The diverse and delicately complex flavors of the tacos created a delightful spectrum which, obviously, made me feel like there’s nothing else I needed in this world.