Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Hosts a Five-Month Mexican Pop-Up

Opening on May 6, Pica Pica by Garden Terrace will be helmed by a chef from the brand’s outpost in Baja California.

Hidalgo-style barbecued meats are featured on the menu. (All photos courtesy of Four Seasons)

Holidaymakers headed for Seoul this summer have even more reason to swing by the Four Seasons’ greenery-flecked rooftop terrace lounge after dark. The latest iteration of the Garden Terrace bar dining experience, which first launched last year, is tempting hungry patrons with elevated Mexican fare as they take in the views over the Gwanghwamun area from the 15th floor.

From May 6 to September 30, 2022, the venue will offer a Latin American menu under the name Pica Pica by Garden Terrace. Mexican chef Maritza Cortez has been flown in from Baja California’s Four Seasons Resort and Residences Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, where she oversees the locally inspired brasserie Casa de Brasa, in-house cevicheria El Puesto, and the 19th Hole food truck. This collaboration marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Mexico; fresh ingredients and elements from both countries are set to star on the menu.

Chef Maritza Cortez will take charge of the kitchen team at Pica Pica.

From the soft tortillas to the sizzling sauces, everything will be made by hand, and diners can expect a punch in terms of piquancy and flavor. Signature dishes include tacos with fillings that range from rib eye to soft shell crab, plus a “green” ceviche featuring crispy pineapple chips and a zesty mix of lemon and orange juice, basil, parsley, and cilantro. Korean-Mexican fusion — already a popular trend in the United States — gets a nod in the galbi tacos incorporating crispy grilled tripe, fresh cabbage, and onion with homemade roasted habanero pepper mayonnaise. The culinary traditions of Cortez’s hometown come to the fore in Hidalgo-style barbacoa, with meats cooked low and slow for a melt-in-the-mouth texture.

Drinks will also get the Latin American treatment in a bar menu by Keith Motsi, Head Bartender at the Four Seasons’ acclaimed Charles H. speakeasy. Guests can order specials such as the Loco Michelada, a Mexican-style beer cocktail that combines hot sauce with a spice blend, citrus, and a salt rim (unexpected garnishes include edible bugs), or the slightly frozen Verdita Margarita, which mixes blanco tequila with lime, lemon, cilantro, spices, and orange liqueur to create an aromatic summer refresher.

Pica Pica will be open at the 15th-floor Garden Terrace from 6 to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; no reservations are necessary. More information here.

Overlooking the 15th-floor Garden Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

Patrons at Garden Terrace can also look forward to homemade quesadillas.

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