I love a good sandwich. Whenever I have a full day ahead of me, packing a sandwich is my surefire way to ensure a solid lunch. After I first moved to Korea, I was a little sad to find out that sandwiches, while certainly available, are notably less popular than in the United States. However, after a boom in popularity surrounding Subway restaurants, I’ve seen more buzz around sandwich shops in Seoul. On January 13, I checked out Just BLT with some friends.
Based on the title, you might think that this restaurant offers some classic bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches on the menu. You would be correct! In fact, there are only BLT sandwiches on the menu. The only major variation is the type of mayonnaise. There are 10 different types, ranging from sriracha mayonnaise to salted pollock roe mayonnaise and everything in between. You can also opt to have a fried egg on your sandwich.
We ordered two sandwiches with ssamjang mayonnaise and we split an order of BLT fries. Ssamjang (쌈장) is a thick sauce made with doenjang (된장, fermented bean paste), gochujang (고추장, red pepper sauce), sesame oil, onion, garlic, green onions, and sometimes brown sugar. My friend, Ms. I, and I just ordered water to drink, but Ms. I’s friend ordered a hard apple cider.
According to A Fat Girl’s Food Guide to Eating in Korea–an excellent food blog run by British expat Gemma Wardle–both the bacon and the bread are made in house. In addition, Just BLT offers a drink menu including beer, coffee, cocktails, and even absinthe. I don’t quite know how absinthe and BLT sandwiches taste together, and Ms. I and her friend seemed uninterested in finding out.
The sandwiches were out of this world. The homemade bread was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside and really wrapped the whole dish together. The ssamjang sauce was tangy and contrasted with the saltiness of the homemade bacon, which was cut on the thick side. While BLT fries might sound odd at first, they worked surprisingly well together. The only downside was that the fries became a bit soggy.
Just BLT is an excellent location for lunch or dinner. Sandwiches run on the large side, so consider placing half an order unless you have a big appetite. I don’t know if I’d eat here on a regular basis, but it’s definitely somewhere I would love to try again. Perhaps I’ll try some absinthe to go with my sandwich!
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Name (Korean): 저스트 비엘티
Name (Official English): Just BLT
Name (Romanized): Just BLT
Name (Translated): Just BLT
Website Not available
Credit Cards? Yes
Apple Pay [?]? No
Take out? Yes
Outside seating? No
Wheelchair friendly? No
Dogs allowed? ??
Bike parking? Yes
Car parking? No
Monday: 11:00 – Midnight
Tuesday: 11:00 – Midnight
Wednesday: 11:00 – Midnight
Thursday: 11:00 – Midnight
Friday: 11:00 – Midnight
Saturday: 11:00 – Midnight
Sunday: 11:00 – Midnight
Address (Korean) 서울특별시 용산구 신흥로 7
Address (English) 7 Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul