Summertime and the livin’s easy. Sublime is from California and Little Baja is from California. Today’s lesson: Lots of good things come from California. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, we are in the midst of a culinary revolution here in Itaewon. A little pop up joint that specializes in fish tacos would never even have been conceived a few years ago, but now, it’s not only present but thriving.
How to get there: Little Baja tucked away in the side streets of Itaewon. The easiest way to get there is to take the subway to Itaewon Station (Line 6) and depart from Exit 4. Make a left and head down the street away from the main strip with Taco Bell on your left and Woori Bank on your right. Make a right at Woori Bank. You will walk about 250 meters. When you see the CU make a right and Little Baja will be on your right about 50 meters down the hill.
Service and Atmosphere: Little Baja is a small joint on the side street so keep that in mind when visiting. There are only a few seats available with an open kitchen to tickle your culinary senses. Old school hiphop posters on the wall are a nice urban touch. Service was great! The two guys who were there were really approachable and easy to talk to. Nice guys!
Food and Drink: I heard great things about the horchatas, so that was definitely a priority. I’m also a huge fan of fish tacos, so I decided to give that a go as well. I was hesitant about the octopus, but RN was all for it, so he gave it a try. A little culinary tip: deep fry everything and it tastes better!
Fish Tacos (3,000KRW); Octopus Tacos (3,500KRW) and Shrimp Tacos (4,000KRW)
All the tacos were served on soft, corn tortilla shells. There is a generous portion of deep-fried seafood on the tortilla as well as cabbage, pico de gallo, cream sauce and of course a little hot sauce for flavouring. I’m not a huge fan of hot sauce, but it was just enough to give it a little kick without taking away from the flavour of the other ingredients. The key is balance and I thought that they did that well. The lemon was a nice touch and acidity from the lemon balanced out the heat from the sauces and added a little flavour to the fish.
Horchata (5,000KRW): Heard good things about Little Baja’s horchatas and needless to say it lived up to the hype. The horchata was nice and cool. I found that it didn’t overwhelm with cinnamon, which for some might be a deterrent, but for me was actually a refreshing change. Instead it focused on the creamy, cool textures of the milk and for the middle of a Seoul summer, that is what I want. It hit the spot.
Using Social Media like Champions: Using social media has really helped Little Baja get the word out. I follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates on their daily specials. Little Baja’s Taco Tuesday and Sangria specials I discovered on Instagram. Their ads are also fucking hilarious and give me a little chuckle. Seriously, other restaurants need to take note, Little Baja is using social media to get their product and specials out there. Well played!
Value: 20,000KRW for six tacos including a horchata? That’s good by my books. We went down on said Taco Tuesday and scored the deal. An excellent value!
Who Should Visit Little Baja: A great value and excellent food! Little Baja is one of those little treasures of Itaewon.
Who Should Avoid Little Baja: A small menu with a small restaurant. If you aren’t a fan of fish related tacos, this will not be the place for you. Also, if you choose Little Baja for a wedding reception, bar mitzvah or first communion celebration, you will need to bring a large, circus-style tent.