I’ve never been a fan of Tuesdays. Tuesday is like the sneaky, younger brother of Monday who reminds you that you still have over three more work days left until the weekend. I find normally that you can psych yourself up for Monday, but Tuesday gets on its stomach, crawls up to you and punches you in the groin. Sneaky bastard. Needless to say, I need to give myself a little breather on Tuesday nights. Rocky Mountain Tavern, Canadian expats home away from home, fits the bill with their Tuesday night wing night.
LP’s Description: It’s been awhile since I’ve bashed a Lonely Planet review, but I’m going to bash one now. The guidebook focuses more on Stand Up Seoul than it does on the actual restaurant itself. Now, I’m all for Stand Up Seoul (Every Thursday night at RMT), but personally, I would rather the writer focus his or her energies more on the actual restaurant and food itself. If you are a tourist in Seoul, why the fuck would you care about some amateur stand ups? Now, this is nothing against them, I’m sure they are a gas, but if I’ve visiting Seoul for a short time, comedy night at the local Canadian tavern is something I do not think would be high up on the agenda. Focus on the restaurant!
How to get there: Rocky Mountain Tavern is located on the main strip of Itaewon, so it’s a breeze to find. Take the subway to Itaewon Station (Line 6) and depart from Exit 3. You are going to walk about 500 meters up the hill until you get to the top about halfway to Hangangjin Station. It will be on the second floor on your right.
Atmosphere and Service: RMT is infamous for having cold servers, much like the French part of Canada. So technically you do get a full Canadian experience. However, in the last couple of visits, the servers have actually been quite friendly, if not a little unresponsive, in a B.C. kind of daze. Well, at least you get your wings on time.
Going to RMT is like going home for a few brief hours if you are a Canadian. TSN and Sportsnet are on the television. Hockey memorabilia decorating the wall and a foosball table in the corner creates a classic, rural Canadian pub atmosphere. The music on the radio is nostalgic. 90s and early 2000s rock reminds me of the days in high school, cruising up and down the country roads and listening to Big Shiny tunes. These are moments only Canadians really can understand. I love going back to that time and place. Thank you RMT.
Food and Drink: Today we ordered the Salt and Pepper wing, BBQ wings and the Creamy Cool. RMT has some Canadian import beers including Moosehead. However, today I stuck with Indica and also had a White Russian to sooth the tummy. All wings are 400KRW each.
Creamy Cool (10 wings): The Creamy Cool wings were the top choice of the evening. The heat from the buffalo wing sauce plays well with the coolness of the creamy cool sauce. It is a nice combination of flavors and one flavor does not overwhelm the other. If you want something a little more unique than the standard variety of sauces (BBQ, Teriyaki, etc.) than these wings would be a good place to start. If you decide to be a little braver, check out some of their speciality combinations listed below on their menu.
Salt and Pepper (10 wings): A simple combination of ingredients, but still delicious. I’ve never had huge balls when it comes to wings. I know that some people who eat wings like to get into a dick measuring contest by demonstrating how many hot wings they can eat. I call these morons “Foodie Jocks”. Anyway, I prefer simple and rustic flavors. The salt and pepper wings are simple. They were a little dry, but it did not take away from the enjoyment of the wing.
BBQ Wings (10 pieces): The BBQ wings were my least favorite of the three. They were just standard BBQ chicken wings and they are nothing to write home about. I think they use generic BBQ sauce However, for 4000KRW I’m not going to make a huge fuss about it. It was still edible, but were not as flavorful as the others.
Drinks: The Indica helped wash down the BBQ wings nicely and the White Russian was a nice dessert drink after the wings. I felt guilty getting a California beer in a Canadian bar. Passport renewal declined.
Value: The whole bill came to approximately 30,000KRW which included three beers, a White Russian and 30 wings. The wings themselves were 12,000KRW which was an excellent deal. For some decent wings, with some interesting combinations it would definitely be worth a visit.
Who Should Visit Rocky Mountain Tavern: Like chicken wings? Missing Canada? Like amateur standup comedy? Visit RMT to fulfill these needs.
Who Should Avoid Rocky Mountain Tavern: There are a lot of places that do wing nights. RMT is nothing special to write home about. If you aren’t feeling the Canadian vibe, there are other establishments.