This is a Guest Article from Jisu of Lonely Traveler
I have no idea why Lord Sandwich isn’t the most popular restaurant in all of the Ewha University (or ‘Edae’) area by a landslide victory. As of now, it’s a favored lunch date spot for professors, older female students or business meetings that have run over late, but I sincerely suggest that anyone with a deep appreciation for good food come try it out.
Lord Sandwich is located near the back gate of the school, in the winding alleyways right before the hilly slope that hosts Yonsei’s international college. The architecture of the building is curious and a little absurd, but that—along with the ostentatious name—was what drew me in at first. I went inside with a friend as a joke, but emerged having been to the most worthwhile restaurant on that street.
What Lord Sandwich has over any other sandwich restaurant is, hands down, the best ciabatta bread in Seoul. It’s what they use for their fantastic sandwiches, but I also usually order a roll on the side as well—it’s only 3,000 won, and comes generously sliced and lightly toasted; they also have them available for take-out. Baked fresh daily, they definitely aren’t like the saccharine Paris Baguette takes on European bread, and this makes all the difference. The sandwiches actually taste like sandwiches: not at all overly sweet, but instead, full of warm grilled flavor with just the right amounts of zest. There are a lot of great vegetarian options as well, like grilled mushroom, which aren’t always the easiest to find in Korea. I’ve had people recommend the Mustard Chicken Sandwich to me several times as a sure option, and as a side note: the Spicy Chicken is very spicy, so be forewarned.
While I haven’t ever ordered one of their soups, salads or pizzas, I’m still vouching for the menu. The portions are incredibly filling, indulgently ranging from about 7,000 to 10,000 won, and you’ll leave with a full stomach.
Whimsical seriousness overall sets the atmosphere for the place: stately portraits and old historical cartoons line the stone walls, and there’s constantly some classical violin-or-piano piece playing whilst you eat (Paganini played the whole time I last visited).
Western food can be an unmistakable disappointment in many Seoul restaurants—the food is too sweet, or too bland, and often completely overpriced. Everyone I know, though, remarks that the food at Lord Sandwich tastes ‘different’ in a good way. A Parisian friend commented once that the bread was like he was “in France,” which is a pretty lofty compliment considering that this is a city rampant with candied garlic bread baguettes (courtesy of Tous Les Jours). And in my unprofessional, but unenthusiastic, opinion, he’s absolutely right. Lord Sandwich is terrific for anyone who craves a sandwich that tastes exactly how it should.
서울시 서대문구 대신동 92 번지
92 Bunji, Daeshindong, Seodaemun-Gu, Seoul, South Korea
Take a bus to the BACK GATE of Ewha Women’s University and cross over to the side of the street opposite from the university. Walk forward in the direction heading away from Severance Hospital, and make the first left turn. Then turn right to walk in the same direction as you were previously, until you see the Princeton Book Cafe. Make a left and walk, and Lord Sandwich should be on your right.
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