Along Haebangchon road, there’s a great little Moroccan sandwich shop called Casablanca that has a steady and loyal following of sandwich lovers. It is very well-known among the expat community here and has become such a special part of the HBC neighborhood. It’s one of those places that is so down-to-earth and humble, but serves up great food with friendly service, and that’s all that matters. In terms of deco, the space is small and cozy, and there’s just one simple menu board on the wall. The prices are also amazing. Only 4,000 -5,000won for a sandwich! The sandwiches are actually fairly large, and the ingredients are unique and specially prepared from scratch. It’s no wonder this place is always packed.
They have about 4 or 5 sandwich options and one is the veggie sandwich (4,000won). It usually comes with yogurt & mayo, but vegans can ask them to leave those out, which is what I did. They are super accommodating. The sandwich looks rather dinky small in this photo, but it was actually a really huge hunk of bread. And inside had some kind of spicy delicious spread, carrots, tomatoes, slaw, and…. wait for it….. deep fried mashed potatoes. Crunchy crispy batter on the outside and soft mushy potatoes on the inside. Ingenious. I kind of wished they had a vegan mayo to help balance out the spiciness of the other sauce, but overall, it was an awesome, satisfying sandwich. Other possible vegan options include the lentil soup and carrot salad.
The two Moroccan brothers who run this shop are so friendly and nice, they make you want to keep coming back. Actually, I feel a little bad because this pathetic little post doesn’t do them justice… a group of friends and I just popped in late at night for a quick bite and I wasn’t in the blogging mindset, so I didn’t get a ton of photos of the place. If I get better photos in the future, I’ll try to add them to this post. :)
Directions to Casablanca:
Noksapyeong Station, Line 6, Exit 2. Walk straight, past the US Military friendship gate on your left, and veer left when the road splits, walking up the small road that is lined with kimchi pots at the start. You should keep walking straight and Casablanca will be on your left just beyond Phillies pub.
Open: 5pm – 10:30pm, or until bread runs out. Closed on Mondays