Imagine my surprise and excitement when I found out that I lived a mere three blocks from Zona Rosa, or now well-known as Zona Coreana (Korean Zone). They occupy a quieter part of Zona Rosa, and you can find as many as three Korean grocers on the same block (and one very stern owner at Seoul Mart). I walk these streets frequently, and there is an eerie comfort I get from walking amongst people that look like me. Sometimes--er, most of the time--I just want to blend in, and Zona Coreana is a fabulous place to do just that. Secretly, the Koreans and I know we're different, but to most everyone else, we all look the same. :)
I've been on a never ending search for good Asian food here in Mexico City, and it's been a dream to live near Zona Coreana. So far we've been to 4 of maybe 10 Korean restaurants in the area, and after consulting with two Koreans, both pointed me to Chang Won on Florencia. (Sorry for not writing down the address, but it's one block south of the Angel.)
I'd love to give you a glowing recommendation to get yourselves there for dinner sometime, but I'm not quite convinced. The small dishes, banchan, were delicious. Our main dish of grilled chicken turned out to mostly be fat. They passed the kimchi litmus test, but I'm going to have to go back again, maybe with a Korean friend who knows what's up. Because, you see, I've been watching... The Koreans get a better selection of banchan than the non-Koreans, a trend I saw in the US, too. AND, I think there's a secret menu written on those pieces of paper hanging from the wall that only readers of Korean have access to. What's up with that?
I'll report back when I've decoded the mysteries on the wall...
Banchan selection at Chang Won
Spicy Grilled Chicken (more like Spicy Grilled Fat Bits)