Seoul Food: Burger 4.5 in Hongdae
Every time I go to Hongdae, I feel old. Obviously this will happen since it's mostly a college area so everyone is in their 20s, but also because battling everyone to get out of the subway is so exhausting. But, it's worth it for the Morning Glory store and to see what other weird items Troubador has (this is where I got my Kim & Kanye sweatshirt!).
I honestly can't remember why Bryan and I decided to spend a Saturday afternoon in Hongdae. We trekked over there and did our usual "what should we eat" dance. You know, the one that goes:
Bryan: "What do you want to eat?"
Me: "Whatever you want."
Bryan: "Well, what do you want to eat?"
Bryan: "How about [insert any food here]?"
Then we randomly came across Burger 4.5, which literally looks like a hole in the wall (or more like an alcove in the wall). With only four tables, it's more of a takeout spot, but we got lucky to find a table for the two of us and not have to wait.
They have regular cheeseburgers and some special ones, like with avocado & wasabi sauce, or one that has caesar dressing and parmesan. We went for some regular cheeseburgers, which had lettuce, tomato, cucumber (Koreans love putting cucumber on everything), onions, homemade thousand island dressing and American cheese. We couldn't figure out the differnce between the options offered for fries—regular potato fries vs krispy potato fries???—so I got one and Bryan got the other.
The small size cheeseburger was perfect for a late lunch and we weren't overly full, just the right amount of full. The burgers were juicy and you could taste the meat, rather than being slathered with too many condiments that could have been overpowering. I also appreciated the small details, like the grill marks on the bun—it looks so tasty!
As for the fries, one came with salt and pepper and the other was just lightly salted. We still don't know the difference between the two. But they were both delicious and that's what counts. The burgers do take a long time to prepare, and we spent more time waiting for our food than eating. I didn't care too much about the wait time, but just keep it in mind in case you go there starving and expecting food to come out right away.
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330-18 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul