Being born and raised in Texas and on “Tex-Mex” food, I was excited to hear advertising about an authentic “Tex-Mex” restaurant located in Napodong.
So we made the quest from Gimhae to Busan. My wife (Korean), knows authentic “Tex-Mex” food and can cook it as well.
We arrived at 11:30 AM as advertised above, but the business opened at 3:00 PM. So we had to come back 3 ½ hours later.
I would describe it as a bar (Cantina) more than a restaurant – 1st floor and basement.
The menu looked promising which contained Tex-Mex menu items like queso, fajitas, quesadillas, burritos and tacos.
The waitress brought out some chips and salsa. The chips were really stale, the salsa was served in a really small side cup and it tasted ok with a tint of spiciness, but they only give you enough salsa for about a ¼ of the stale chips.
From the beginning the waitress had a surly attitude and I think she was more concerned about setting everything up for opening. It was not busy, there were only two other tables, about 6-8 people total.
I ordered the queso and beef fajitas which came with Spanish rice.
The fajitas were served with sides like grated cheese, spoon size of refried beans, diced onions, and all served in the same really small side cups – clearly not enough for the amount of fajitas severed.
The flour tortillas were small (6” round) and they cut them in half which made them useless to use for the fajitas.
I asked the waitress for some uncut tortilla shells – which was a 3,000 won charge for four.
The beef, wasn't fajitas, were cut in small cubes and doused in a really sweet black sauce.
The onions and bell peppers looked like they were just heated up under a heat lamp and were not even cooked. Could have been microwaved. I asked the waitress to have them cooked and waited.
The rice was hard, tasted very sweet and was very oily.
I ordered the dark “craft” beer which had very little flavor. Later I ordered the “craft” weizen which I would describe as just ok. While waiting for the food to be cooked, My wife saw a rat run down one of the horizontal pipes near the ceiling, then it went up another pipe to the 2nd floor.
The queso seemed very strange, its consistency, it had little flavor and was expensive at 10,000 won a small bowl and served with stale chips. I made the mistake of ordering two.
The owners father was there, he seemed nice and personable and said his son lived around the hill country somewhere near Austin.
The amounts of food were small, minus the beers, it was very expensive.
“Authentic Tex-Mex” food…. It was Not
None of the food we ordered looked like any of the pictures advertised above.
I would best describe their food as sweet “Kor-Mex” food.
10 being the best, I would rate this place at a 2 or 2.5
I would definitely not even rate this place in an “Authentic Tex-Mex” category.