Suji’s Deli in Itaewon – The Old Guard in an Ever-changing Culinary Scene

It’s been awhile since my last review. The demands of work, fatherhood and being a husband have consumed my time like the flickering flame of a candle consumes a moth. However, now that Logan is in daycare a couple of times a week, I should be able to get out and explore this great city. Suji’s Deli is truly an old guard in a scene which is constantly changing its tastes. Although new culinary experiences continue to spring up around Itaewon, Suji’s Deli carries on making great sandwiches and salads without a hitch. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to visit an old friend in Itaewon with my professors. Needless to say, all three educators agree that Suji’s Deli passes with flying colors. .

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How to get there: The easiest way to get to Suji’s is to take the subway to Itaewon station (Line 6) and depart from Exit 4. You will walk for about a half of a kilometer. In fact, by the time you reach Suji’s, you will closer to Noksapyeong station than Itaewon. Keep going passed the McDonalds and it will be a few more feet with the restaurant on your left, on the second floor at the corner of Itaewon intersection.

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Atmosphere and Service: The atmosphere at Suji’s is lively and friendly. What a deli should be. The energy in the air is fueled by long conversations between friends over brunch or a sandwich.  The sweet treats in the display cases tease the sweet tooth. The loaves of bread, jams and other pastries remind me of the days of visiting my local deli, and salivating over the meats, cheeses, breads and varies preserves. Suji’s Deli reminiscent atmosphere is a breath of fresh air from the Asian hustle and bustle. The service was great as well. Both my guest ordered customized meals, and both were served quickly and with the requests filled. However, my guest was not given a choice of salad dressing.  Another slight criticism was that I wish my water was filled more than once. No one stopped by for a refill and after my sandwich and fries, I was left parched.

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Food and Drink: Today we ordered the Turkey Club Sandwich, the Reuben, and a Cobb Salad. I had a Coke.

New York Turkey Club (13,000KRW): As I’ve always said, my first impression of any sandwich is the bread. The turkey club was nicely toasted, just a sliver of a burnt crust. The big pieces of Texas toast were a solid foundation that held in the heart of the sandwich. Suji’s always seem to put a generous amount of meat in their sandwiches. Their turkey was stacked high like a New York skyscraper, and on top were a couple of nice, well cooked strips of bacon. The sandwich wasn’t saturated with mayo, which for some reason is common here. The lettuce was fresh, and as usual the tomatoes were tossed to the side of the plate to die a horrible death. A handful of fries and a small cup of coleslaw complimented the sandwich.

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Original Rueben Sandwich (14,500KRW): DRM ordered the Original Reuben sandwich without any spicy Russian sauce. The sandwich was just the way he wanted it. Again, like the club, it was generously stacked with corned beef. The swiss cheese was melted nicely, and as DRM said, “This is a good sandwich considering we are in Asia. No complaints.”

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Cobb Salad (14,500KRW): DCW ordered the Cobb Salad with dressing on the side. A large salad lavished with mixed greens, veggies, and meat was very satisfactory. Think of Seinfeld, and Elaine asking for “a big salad” and you will begin to understand the size. The salad consists of lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, bacon, cheddar cheese and a boiled egg. The vinaigrette was flavorful. Nice, juicy pieces of grilled chicken are the jewel of this salad. DCW approved and her tastebuds were satisfied.

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Value: The whole bill came to 46,000KRW which included a Coke. The ingredients and the location are key. Personally, I would have no problem with the price because Suji’s Deli has always been so consistent, that I’ve never had a terrible experience. In fact, all my experiences at Suji’s Deli have been exceptional.

Who Should Visit Suji’s Deli: If you are in the Itaewon area and are looking for a deli experience, I would highly recommend checking out Suji’s Deli. If you are not feeling deli meat, there is a wide variety of items on their menu that should satisfy the tastebuds.

Who Should Avoid Suji’s Deli: If you are just looking for a sandwich and a quick meal, there are some cheaper options in Itaewon, including Rye Post and  Ankara Picnic if you are feeling middle Eastern sandwiches.

Website and Menu: http://www.sujis.net

3 comments

  1. Went to have sandwich here after attending a wedding today. I had the pastrami and coffee. Great. Thanks!

    1. Excellent! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Next time, I want to try their brunch. I’ve never had it from there and I’ve actually heard mixed reviews. Have a good weekend Juwon!

  2. Brunch was okay, nothing exceptional given the price tag. I’d frequent Suji’s if things were less expensive…

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