Opened four years ago by clothing designer Evan Seo and named after his brotherly relationship with the burger, Two Broz is situated on the main strip of Itaewon, just a few minutes' walk from the station. The restaurant, reminiscent of a 1950s diner, is unassuming to passersby and quite small for Itaewon standards, but manages to continuously stay filled with expats and locals alike. This is no doubt the result of its consistently tasty, fresh and affordable fare.
Craving a taste of my homeland, I stopped by for an early dinner recently, in hopes to avoid the dinner rush. (I will get back on that healthy eating thing next week...) My friend and I placed our order at the counter and ordered the Bacon Egg (₩9,800) and the Mushroom Cheese (₩9,300) burgers, two of the most popular items on Two Broz's menu. We opted to make our meals sets, which includes fries and a soft drink or beer for an additional ₩4,500. To top off our order, we got a side of chili to share.
Two Broz runs on a self-service concept, so customers pick up their orders when completed. The restaurant also boasts a convenient self-service corner which has all the condiments and cutlery you might need. Oh, and there's a soda fountain where diners can get free refills. Yes, free refills! Didn't realize this existed in Korea outside buffets and select fast food joints. Despite this, we still received friendly service with a smile.
The sizzle of the grill had us getting hungrier by the minute. While we waited, we learned that Two Broz is now using a new, healthier charcoal to cut down on harmful gases and chemicals in the food. We were also told that all of their ingredients are fresh and local, with the exception of the beef, which is imported from Australia. The buns, we were excited to learn, are made at the famous Baker's Table in Gyeongnidan, my go-to for pastries and breads.
Our meal was out in a record-breaking ten minutes and we wasted no time in digging in. I went first for the fries and was instantly obsessed. Fantastically seasoned, they were of the perfect thickness, slightly bigger than your average shoestring fry. They were also great for dipping in the chili, which was not really spicy, as we had been told it would be. Rather sweet, it was a nice balance of ground beef, beans, onions, shredded cheese and spices.
I'm a big fan of mushrooms and the ones on the Mushroom Cheese burger were tender, sauteed perfectly, and stuck to the gooey (REAL) cheese. The Egg Bacon was also good, albeit a bit messy, as a well-made burger should be. Both burgers were medium sized, filling for us, and were grilled to perfection and had that charcoaly, smoky flavor that I adore and associate with backyard barbecues at home in the States. The buns sealed the deal, buttery and dense and topped with sesame seeds.
Considering the high quality of the food, I was a bit surprised at the relatively inexpensive prices, considering Two Broz's location and the average cost for a burger at neighboring restaurants. Overall, Two Broz's menu and atmosphere may not be as creative as some of its "artisanal" competitors but the value of their food can't be beat in terms of quality, taste, consistency and convenience.
More Information: Two Broz
Address: 736-8 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul / 용산구 한남동736-8
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Get There: From exit 3 of Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), walk straight for about 5 minutes. Two Broz will be on your right.
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