Mozzie is a restaurant which has been generating a great deal of buzz since it opened at the end of last year. It is attached to the ITW Hotel up on ‘hooker hill’, an area hitherto deprived of the mass gentrification undergone throughout the rest of Itaewon. However, the emergence of Mozzie may be a sign that things are about to change.
The restaurant occupies a huge space of which the centrepiece is undoubtedly the tremendously long bar. It almost runs the entire length of the restaurant and is carefully divided between beers, wines and spirits. Having the beer taps suspended from the ceiling is also a nice touch, if only for the novelty factor.
The restaurant’s owner is from New Zealand and the menu is formed of Aussie / Kiwi comfort food. Being Irish myself I grew up eating a lot of the menu items and I was having a hard time selecting only two dishes as almost everything sounded amazing.
We eventually decided to go with the Captain Cooker Chops and Red sky at night, Shepherd’s Pie delight.
It’s fair to say Mozzie are definitely not stingy with their portions. The chops were huge with very little fat and tasted lovely and juicy.
We were treated to a very generous helping of mashed potatoes which was also great. I’m always hesitant to order mashed potatoes at a restaurant because I find they often veer away from ‘mashed’ and slightly more towards ‘creamed’ which I’m not really a fan of but Mozzie nailed it down to a tee.
The onion gravy was delicious as were the peas. It would have been nice to have had mushy peas as an option but obviously they are not so popular outside of the UK and Ireland.
Shepherd’s Pie has always been one of my favourite home-cooked meals. A no-nonsense dish packed with potatoes, meat and veg, it’s perfect comfort food for those freezing cold Seoul nights. I’d never seen it on the menu at a restaurant before and I knew I had to try it.
It was the highlight of the meal for me and I enjoyed it so much I couldn’t stop smiling for a while afterwards. I’ll definitely be back for more.
I can’t recommend Mozzie enough. If you’re after hearty comfort food this should be No1 on your list.
Very happy customer
DIRECTIONS: Take the train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit 3. Walk straight until you reach the intersection then take a right. Walk across the road, take a left and Mozzie will be on your left 50m up the road opposite Old Town.
You can also contact Mozzie via their Facebook page.