Happy 1 year anniversary to Left Coast!!!
A long overdue post, but in celebration of it's one year opening, I present to you burgers and baos from Left Coast Artisan Burgers. The owners and chef all being from the best coast - the west coast. I love the creative name of this artisan style burger joint. Some of the burgers and other menu items have an Asian fusion take, while other have great combinations of perfectly paired ingredients that make for a very flavourful burger. This is similar to some Vancouver style food (your friendly north west neighbour) and this is one of my favourite burger joints in Seoul. To give a difference in taste, I'm not a huge fan of Brooklyn Burger in Suraemael and other simple burgers with plain ingredients (think sliced tomato, lettuce and raw onions) that I feel like you can make yourself when you are BBQ-ing at home in the backyard. My favourite burger of all-time in the states is the Father's Office burger - you can enjoy this when you are in Culver City or Santa Monica in LA, California. Ahhh...I just love everything about the west coast. Thanks to Left Coast for bringing a piece of it to Seoul!
The best pork bao bun I've even had was at Ippudo in NYC. Nothing has come close since, but I really enjoyed the Little Piggy here with the citrus soy glaze. This is also one you need to eat when it comes out hot to enjoy the taste to the max. The kalbi jjim was good, but I find that all kalbi fusion items in Korea are too sweet for me - same goes for all the galbi tacos everywhere in Seoul for this same reason too. The chicken bao was okay, but I recommend this in a Mini Me (see below) or in a full chicken burger.
MINI ME Burgers
In order of preference, I liked the All American, Fried Chicken and then Pulled Pork. I would go to Linus if I wanted a pulled pork dish though. The chicken slider was good but make sure to eat it while it's still hot and crispy. Overall, for burgers in a hamburger bun, I prefer having a beef burger, so the All American was my favourite - but I enjoy some of the other ingredient combinations better that they offer in their full burger selections. American burgers are just too plain for me - but I like how they have grilled onions and a special LC sauce. Love the sauces here!
My fav burger here so far...the Kalefornia burger: swiss cheese, shitake mushroom, kale chip, shallot, fruit balsamic jam (which was persimmon at the time). I thought the sweetness of the fruit balsamic jam would be too sweet, but it went along perfect with the savoury flavours and saltiness of the burger.
Starters and Sides
The Left Coast Cookie aka. Pizookie - a pizza sized cookie! "Soft chocolate chip cookie baked to order and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream."
It comes in a small, medium and large size - think giant fresh baked chocolate chip cookie with ice-cream on top...this is the best pizookie I've had. It hands down is WAY better than the one at Coreanos Kitchen. The chocolate chip cookie is the perfect thickness, slightly doughy on the inside with crispy/chewy edges...SO good.
Check out my friend's video blog on Left Coast for more menu item footage!
What? Burgers, specialty burgers, sliders, baos, late night munchies...artisan style burgers and food.
Who? Any age, anyone who likes burgers and different sides.
Sunday -Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Parking? No, there is a parking lot nearby though.
Cards Accepted? Yes
Where? 130-43 Itaewondong, Yongsangu, Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 용산구 이태원동 130-43 2층
Directions: Closest subway station: Itaewon station, exit 4. Walk out, turn around and walk down the street where Taco Bell will be on your left. Keep walking straight for about 75 metres and you will see it on the 2nd floor on your right.