I’ve been on a roll with sandwiches lately. First, a great experience once again at Casablanca. Now, Rye Post’s relocation has the sandwich lovers of Seoul buzzing. Rye Post was in dire need of relocation. Every time you visited, there was the risk of sitting outside in cold in the winter or in the rain in the summer. Their old place was the size of a shoebox and it was always jam packed when you visited. However, their new location on the main strip of Itaewon is huge. There is tons of space and you can move easily between tables without taking the risk of shoving your junk into someone’s face while they are trying to enjoy a Philly Cheese Steak. Anyway, enough of etiquette. Onwards! How to get there: Rye Post is even easier to find as it is on the main street of Itaewon. First, take the subway to Itaewon Station (Line 6) and depart from Exit 4. Walk straight for about 500 meters and you will see Rye Post on your left below the legendary Itaewon establishment Dillinger’s.
Atmosphere and Service: I’ve always had great luck with the service at Rye Post and this visit was no exception. Their servers are friendly and bubbly and they get the food out to you in a timely manner. ST and I ordered our food around 12:45pm and by 1:00pm it was served at our tables. My only qualm was that the food was served in sections. I was eating before ST for about two or three minutes. It would have been nice if the food came out together.
The atmosphere at their new location feels more relaxed. At their old location, I always felt as through I was at lunch with everyone in the restaurant. Conversations from multiple tables distracted me as I tried to focus on my companion. My paranoia that others would hear my conversation would force me into hushed tones, often inciting annoyance from my lunch mate. Rye Post is now completely open with a contemporary, European atmosphere. The brick walls, covered with chalkboards hyping their signature sandwiches or inspiration drinking messages, align the walls.
Food and Drink: Today ST and I ordered the Jamaican Jerk Chicken sandwich, the Pesto Chicken on Sourdough Bread, the Greek Feta Salad, Fries, Vietnamese Bahn Mi and a soda.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken (8,800KRW): This is one of Rye Post’s new sandwiches. It was especially intriguing since I am a huge jerk chicken fan. There is this amazing little Jamaican restaurant in Kitchener Ontario, called Rainbow Cafe, which absolutely got me hooked on Jamaican food. The sandwich was amazing. Rye Post’s bread is always extremely fresh as they bake it in house and this was no exception. The bread was still warm when I picked it up. There was a nice helping of chicken and it was seasoned perfectly. My only complaint would be that there was only a little but of lettuce and red onions. I would have liked a little more than a couple of shreds of onions, but it’s not serious enough that it would deter me from ordering it again.
Chicken Pesto Sandwich on Sourdough Bread (10,000KRW): For 10,000KRW ST had high expectations and thankfully they were fulfilled or he might have gone postal. First, the sourdough bread was soft and fresh as per usual. The pesto was portioned nicely and was not overwhelming the sandwich. The chicken was juicy and the cheese was melted into the sandwich. ST made a note of that, by saying that, “All the flavors blended in really nicely together, with the pesto as the cherry on top.” So was it worth it ST? Simple answer: Yes.
Greek Feta Salad (9,000KRW): Trying to stay health these days, so I decided to avoid fries and grab a salad. A small request for the salad was no tomatoes and it was fulfilled. Thanks Rye Post! The salad was a nice sized and there was a generous portion of feta cheese. However, it was absolutely drenched in dressing. It overwhelmed the salad at times and as I began to near the bottom of the bowl, the remaining olives were lounging in a pool of dressing. Too much dressing can kill a good salad. The old cooking adage: You can always add more, but you can’t add less.
Fries (6,000KRW): Another new menu item! At the old location, your sandwich would come with a small side of potato chips. Now that they have a fryer, it’s fry time baby. The fries were a nice, golden brown. They came to our table nice and hot, right out of the fryer, so you know that it is fresh. They are not overly seasoned with just a dash of salt. The portions were generous, so much so that ST, a legendary food eater, couldn’t finish it. Maybe he was just having an off day? A nice side of ketchup for dipping is always favorable.
Value: The bill came to 25,600KRW for me and 18,500KRW for ST. I ordered the Vietnamese Bahn Mi to go for later at work, so my apologies that there are no pictures. However, I can assure you, it lasted 3 hours in my backpack and still tasted great, so props to that. For lunch, this price is fairly standard for a couple of sandwiches and a side in Itaewon. The portions are solid and you won’t leave feeling hungry. Rye Post uses fresh ingredients and makes their bread fresh. A great value for a rather large lunch.
Who Should Visit Rye Post: A wide selection of sandwiches, salads and now craft beers on the main strip of Itaewon. Anyone looking for a fresh sandwich on the go should definitely give Rye Post a try.
Who Should Avoid Rye Post: As a value traveller, it’s possible that spending 10,000KRW for a sandwich is not in your budget. I would highly recommend Casablanca Sandwicherie in Haebangchon at Noksapyeong Station, which is the next station down from Itaewon. Casablanca has an amazing Moroccan sandwich for a mere 6,000KRW. That bad boy will keep you full all day.