I’d been hearing about Little Baja for the past few months, and I’d heard nothing but good things such as that their tacos were great and it tasted like Californian tacos — not that I’d know exactly what a Californian taco would taste like, mind you! Anyway, I was also curious to check the place out because one alumnnus from my high school opened up the place.
I first visited Little Baja when they were at their original location, which was tricky to find if not familiar with the area. Fortunately, they moved to a larger location that’s easily accessible from Noksapyeong Station! Little Baja’s new location is much more spacious, and they’ve expanded their small menus to also include chips and salsa, along with their seafood tacos and drinks. My first visit there, I asked Brian, the owner, some questions like what exactly is a horchata and what kind of fish they use in their fish tacos. I found out that horchata is a Mexican rice drink, and they use pollack for their fish.
One thing to note — they use disposable plates, cups, and utensils, so when you’re done with your meal, you are to dispose them in their rubbish bins outside the restaurant. I found the a bit odd the first time I visited there, but now I’m used to their system.
As for their food, I’ve tried all of their tacos. My favourite is their shrimp tacos. The shrimp is well-seasoned and deep fried. The tortilla was nice and chewy and didn’t break on me like some other places’ tacos. All of their tacos are topped with pico de gallo, crema, and salsa roja, along with a wedge of lime on the side. The size may be small for some people, but for me two tacos is enough to fill me up. I washed them all down with the horchata, which had paired well with my tacos. I loved the cinnamon-y flavour of the horchata, though I’d mistaken it for coconut at first until the Brian corrected me, haha!
I even tried their chips and salsa. The chips came in a paper bag, and the salsa came in a little disposable condiment cup. The salsa was home-made, very watery. It was also more brown than red, and I had to wonder if they used soy sauce or not. The salsa was a bit on the spicy side. Their chips was nothing special. In fact, I felt like that their chips and salsa was kind of overpriced. I’ll be sticking to their tacos from now on.
Chips and salsa aside, I really enjoyed their tacos and horchata. I ended up returning to Little Baja three times in a week with three different friends, and all of them enjoyed their tacos. I’ve tried tacos from Vatos, Gusto, and Oasis, and I have to say that Little Baja is best one I’ve had. Check them out on Taco Tuesdays where you can get a 1,000 won discount on buying two of the same tacos!
31, Noksapyeong-Daero 40-Gil, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea
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Go out of exit 3 from Noksapyeong station, cross the small street on your left, and then take the overpass to get to the hill. Make a right when you cross the overpass, and Little Baja will be on your left a couple of doors down.
3,500 ~ 10,000+ won budget per person