Reviewed by Erik Weichel
And so we began a journey into Hongdae in search for what was rumored to be the best burger in Seoul. Of course this is a accolade that we take very seriously. Especially with Western style food becoming relatively prominent in the city as of late, being the best at anything is a tall order. Hongdae especially is an area with a wide variety of choices for your adventurous palate, and Burger B is certainly one of them.
How to get there: Take Line 6 to Sangsu Station and take Exit 1 to street level. You will literally need to make U-turn out of the exit in order to head in the right direction. Imagine walking the direction that you are facing as if you were walking down the steps. Once you have mastered this task, and are standing at the intersection, make a left and you will see a sign for the traffic pointing toward Hongik University. Simply walk in this direction, on the same side of the street for roughly 600 meters. You will walk through one intersection, and make a left into a side street which is just past a Rasta Skate Shop. You can see Burger B from there, and it is across the way from a Customellow. The “e” in the name IS a burger. Marketing right?
Service and Atmosphere: We showed up just after 2:00pm on a Wednesday, so as expected, there were not too many other patrons other than us. Yet the décor was actually quite enjoyable. It was a nice fall day when we arrived, and they had the place set up open air, and there was a small section of maybe 3 or 4 tables where you could sit outside if you liked. I’m all about that life. We chose to sit inside, but there were about 8 tables total and a few stools at the bar. Not overly large, but certainly not cramped. There was also a projection screen which was showing tennis when we walked in. Sports.
There were three major thoughts we had about the menus.The first thing that we noticed was that the menus were printed on newspapers, which is fine in theory, but does make for a bit of an awkward choosing period. Whatever. The menu was also far more extensive than any of us had expected, expanding far beyond burgers and into nachos, shrimp, jambalaya and more. We stuck to burgers, but quickly noticed that the price listed was strictly for the burger alone, with the exception of the “Ultimate BB Burger.” No problems at all with the service. They also have free, self-service refills for all your hydration needs.
Food and Drink: Today with ordered the Gorgonzola Burger (9,000 KRW), the BBQ Burger (8,000 KRW), and the Bacon Cheese Burger (8,500 KRW). For sides, we ordered a large order of French Fries (5,000 KRW), the Gorgeous Onion Rings (6,500 KRW), and a Mac and Cheese (7,500 KRW). To drink we had Cokes (3,000KRW x 2) and water.
Gorgonzola Burger (9,000KRW): The burgers were of a decent size, nothing outlandish, but if you are going there for a meal you are certainly going to need a side or two. The Gorgonzola Burger came with both sauteed onions and mushrooms, and therefore was outstanding. The cheese was nearly perfect as well. If you do make it over here I would highly recommend it. Though at first glance, especially in comparison to the others, it did not look like much. Do not be fooled!
BBQ Burger (8,000KRW): The BBQ Burger came equipped with bacon and cripsy tobacco onions, as well as a slice of fresh tomato and iceberg lettuce, which is not listed on the menu. Pretty standard burger with BBQ sauce, yet certainly tasted great. Derek thought there could have been a little more BBQ sauce on there, but it was still fairly substantial.
The Bacon Cheese Burger (8,500KRW): The Bacon Cheese Burger was in a similar vein, pretty straightforward but quite good none-the-less. A generous portion of bacon helped the cause.
Large French Fries (7,5000KRW): The French Fries were a generous portion, shoestring style and cut short. They were excellent.
The Gorgeous Onion Rings (6,500KRW): The onion rings are aptly named, having been lightly breaded which did not overshadow the onion itself. These were probably our collective favorite part of the meal.
Mac and Cheese (7,500KRW): The Mac and Cheese had a nice, homemade look to it with thick cheese and perhaps a slightly gratuitous portion of bread crumbs on top. Not bad.
Overall: Not a bad place to eat at all. I can’t image it ever getting overly crowded, for it seems as though it is more of a restaurant than a place to drink, but it is open until 1:00am on Fridays and Saturdays. AND they have a bunch of specialty cocktails and a pretty decent draught beer selection (see photos). I would actually love to hear about how the place looks on the weekend. Back to what I do know about this place, I would say it’s merely pretty good. The food was good, yet on the more pricey side of things. As stated at the beginning, Burger B is indeed a place to eat in Hongdae. Best burger in Seoul? I’m not entirely convinced. While we all enjoyed our meals, for the price and the hype, is it worth the trip?
Who SHOULD go to Burger B: Those of you who are already wandering around Hongdae, craving some Western food and maybe a beer or two, with less regard for the cost than for the for the taste and convenience.
Who SHOULD NOT go to Burger B: Anyone saving their precious dollars for a joyous night of binge drinking out on the town. There is a Taco Bell and other stuff too. You’ll be alright.
Menu: An extensive menu to say the least. There is a large beer, cocktail and liquor selection, as well as other food including Calamari, BBQ and Jambalaya.