Biwon Restaurante Coreano Brings Korean BBQ to Mexico City

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Korean food in Mexico City is not that easy to get. After living in Los Angeles for almost three years and having Korean food only fifteen minutes away from me it was harsh to accept my new reality: no Korean food. Heartbroken is an understatement for the way I felt about this. 

One day as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I found out there’s a small Korean town close to Downtown Mexico City. It consists on a couple blocks right next to El Angel de la Independencia, Mexico City’s icon. 

As soon as I got this news of a K-Town in Mexico City, I called my boyfriend (who was also heartbroken because he fell in love with Korean food while visiting me in L.A.) and on we went for some Korean barbecue.  

Biwon Restaurante Coreano was our choice. If you’re walking down Florencia Street you could totally miss it. It’s a small entrance, so tall people, be prepared to duck down in order to get in. This old-fashioned restaurant is situated upstairs and it was packed at the moment we arrived. No hostess just a couple of waiters running fast and furious to accommodate hungry patrons. 

Biwon Restaurante Coreano
Florenica 20, Juàrez, 06600 Cuidad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico

The place is bare- it has almost no decorations and there’s no music. For lovers of ambiance and atmosphere, this could be problematic. At Biwon, they’re all about the food. I’m no expert on Korean food that’s for sure but I did try my fair share in Los Angeles and I have to say Biwon is right up there with the good ones. 

“Bachan” – small plates of appetizers

My sweetie pie and I got the Yangnyeom Galbi, plus a dozen of smaller dishes (bachan) which also included big leaves of lettuce so we could make our wraps and the Bulgogi Dolsot Bibimbap.

Bulgogi Dolsot Bibimbap

This is my favorite way of eating rice: blazing hot, accompanied with meat, vegetables and an egg on top. I promised myself I could never leave a Korean restaurant without eating these two types of meat. The reason for this weirdness is that I consider these flavors to be unique, interesting and a bit sweet. Every item was great quality, juicy and tasted like the real deal. With every bite there was memory of a K-Town, LA night in my mouth. 

Yangnyeom Galbi

The waiters, who were having to run around like crazy, finally ended up slowing down and had a moment to chat with us. Since people in Mexico are not that familiar with Korean food, they’re constantly helping customers with the barbecuing and that’s why the energy was so hectic earlier. So, if like my fellow Mexicans, you’ve never had Korean before you will be safe if you get any of the dishes I recommended or honestly almost anything on the menu. Korean cuisine is delicious and the spices are different (if not a little spicier) from what we’re used to in Mexico City!

Cristina Castaño

I grew up in Mexico City and was born into a huge foodie family who introduced me to gourmet food as a toddler. By the time I was seven my favorite dish was duck confit with blackberry sauce! My family is the type that while eating breakfast are talking about what we're having for lunch and dinner so as you can imagine food has always been a big part of my life. Eating a great meal has to be part of my day and I'm always looking for a restaurant that can provide that. During my two and a half residence in Los Angeles, I went to over two hundred restaurants and found nothing but amazing food. As I return to my hometown nothing excites me more than discovering new restaurants and sharing it with you! One of my biggest pleasures in life is to take my friends to my favorite restaurants and watching how they enjoy the food I love, I'm hoping to do that here but through my writing. Since I live in huge metropolis you can expect all types of cuisines and desserts, I'll keep you drooling with my words!

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