Mexican food is famous worldwide for its amazing medley of flavors. From spicy and tangy to straight up umami you can experience an exciting variety of flavors with every bite. So, if you want to explore the world of Mexican food look no further than Hongdae. That’s right! Now you can enjoy authentic Mexican food in Korea at Julio’s restaurant in Hongdae. So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive right in!
Julio’s: just a hop, skip and jump away!
Julio’s Hongdae branch is located at 40, Wausan-ro 13-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul. You can catch the subway line 4 at Seoul Station to Samgak and then switch to line 6. Travel down line 6 and get off once you reach Sangsu Station. Julio’s is just a 5 minute walk from the Sangsu exit.
The restaurant is open from 12 noon to 11 pm at night on weekdays. You can also call on their number 02-3141-5324 in case you need to make a reservation.
The best thing about Julio’s Restaurant is that it offers various kinds of Mexican foods. Name any food that you are craving for, and you will find it here.
A laidback ambiance
Julio’s has very mellow lighting that gives it a very casual, laidback vibe. The seating arrangement is spacious with many tables and vinyl booth seats that are perfect for groups of four or more. So, it is no doubt the ideal place for spur-of-the-moment plans with friends.
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What we ordered
We decided to go all out and treat ourselves to some of their best options. I ordered the triple fajita platter with grilled tortillas and some open burritos. We also got the most iconic Mexican snack of all time: nachos! Really you can’t go to Julio’s and not get nachos. They are simply divine!
Also, here is a close up of the fajita platter. It comes with golden shrimp and slices of beef and chicken that are perfectly juicy and tender. It is literally meat paradise on a plate! They also provide paprika and cheese dipping sauces that go really well with the meat.
I recommend making your own custom meat wraps with the flour tortillas that come with the platter. You can garnish them with the jalapenos and salsa as well as the sour cream and avocado sauces that come with the dish. Best of all you can get a refill on all the sauces! Julio’s absolutely deserves some bonus points for that!
The open burritos are also another delicious option at Julio’s. We ordered the chicken ones that come with a generous amount of corn and onions and of course some deliciously tangy salsa. Do make sure to squeeze in that lime wedge for an extra citrus punch with each bite!
Mexican food in Korea: unmatched flavor
Honestly, this place really delivers in terms of taste. The flavors are pretty unique and are a heady mix of tangy and spicy. The portion sizes are also on the larger side and that is a huge plus in my book!
Check out this close up of the nacho bowl. As you can see they are pretty generous with the toppings. The nachos are made out of corn tortillas and they are just heaped with meat, jalapenos, corn and pinto beans. The whole thing is dressed in avocado sauce and delicious corn salsa sprinkled with some fresh green scallions. Trust me according to the laws of food physics crunchy nacho chips plus saucy toppings equals perfect bite every single time!
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To be honest this place has got a vast menu of Mexican dishes to choose from so you can come again and again and still try something new each time. It also has comfortable seating and extremely friendly staff so the overall experience was quite good.
Finally, I’d like to say that this place is a pretty neat option for anyone who is into trying out different cuisines and exploring new flavors. Especially if they what to try Mexican food in Korea. And they will definitely find that at Julio’s!