It is always great when you can find a restaurant you like that has good food at a decent price, and has really nice service. That’s why I was very overjoyed to discover El Rato, a new Mexican restaurant in Ulsan, South Korea.
I had found it through a map search for Mexican restaurants, and as it was nearby the movie theater that I was going to later that evening, I was very excited to try it out.
The first thing I noticed about El Rato is how nice and clean it was.
The restaurant is quite large.
And free iced lemon water was available, which was very refreshing on a top summer day.
The staff came to our table, and I took a look at the menu to try and decide what to eat.
There were some very intriguing options available.
In the end, I decided to go with a Chicken Bowl and a Pork Burrito, with a glass of Coke as well.
The staff took the menu, and brought some pickled radish for a quick nibble.
The chicken bowl arrived very quickly.
It really looked outstanding!
The chicken bowl at El Rato comes with marinated chicken, lettuce, cheese, tomato, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, brown rice, and a heaping helping of tortilla chips.
The staff recommended stirring all the ingredients together, and breaking up the tortilla chips so that they would be easier to eat.
I figured they would know best, so I set to work mixing up the bowl.
Well, the chicken bowl was absolutely outstanding! The chicken was very well seasoned, the vegetables were fresh, and the salsa was quite tangy.
Adding the tortilla chips and having them broken up made for a really great texture. The brown rice was also nicely cooked and added some heft to the meal.
While I was enjoying the Chicken Bowl, the Pork Burrito was brought out.
Already cut into two halves, there was a cute El Rato flag stuck in the top.
The tortilla was warm, and was stuffed with pork, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, and salsa. There was also a bit of melted cheese on the bottom.
They had also provided some jalapenos on the side, so I added some to the burrito.
Well, the Pork Burrito was also very tasty. Being served with a warm flour tortilla was a great idea, and it tasted like the tortilla was homemade.
The pork inside was also nicely seasoned, with a great cumin based flavor, and it worked really well with the vegetables and other toppings on the burrito.
In the end, I really enjoyed both dishes from El Rato. They have worked very hard to put together some good choices, and the ingredients taste fresh, well-seasoned, and well cooked.
I preferred the Chicken Bowl to the Pork Burrito, although perhaps that’s because I ate it first and was not as hungry by the time I started on the burrito.
El Rato is a great place to get some decent Mexican-themed food, and I can’t wait to go back there again!