Dan Sung Sa
Overall Rating (++++)
food (++++) | ambiance (+++++) | service (+++) | price ($$)
Yay! We finally went to our first Korean Food night out with our friend Judy and her boyfriend Fabian! We've planned to do this for a few months now... so, you can imagine how excited I was :D
Dan Sung Sa is located right in the heart of Korea Town Los Angeles on the corner of Berendo and 6th St in a small strip mall. Since most of the signs in this neighborhood are in Korean, it is hard to tell which restaurant you are looking for. But, if you are looking for Dan Sung Sa, remember to look for the large painting of Kim Jong Il on the mural sign on the outside! Then you won't miss it for sure ;)
Inside the restaurant was really dark with dim lighting. It kind of reminded me of bars underneath of the subway stations in Tokyo. Super cool vibe... with old Korean ads and newspapers all over the wall. As you walk in, there is a big bar with a counter table in the middle, and small table booths were all around the bar area. It was very lively, and everyone was cooking something and looked really good. Yum!
We were taken into another narrow room with a bunch of small wooden tables across the way. This section seemed like it used to be part of the outside parking lot, and they expanded and built out the restaurant with a roof and a wall. We heard all the outside noise and felt an outside breeze as well. I loved it!! I couldn't believe this type of restaurant existed in LA!!
Their menu was printed onto this wooden board... and looked somewhat vintage with everything listed in Korean, so we asked Judy to order anything and everything!! Everything was really good. My favorite was the dish that came with spicy glass noodles and pork. I've never had that before! And JIJIMI (Korean style pancake), TTEOKBOKKI (spicy rice cake), and their salad was really good as well! Everything was excellent and authentic. Poor Fabian... Since he is a vegetarian and his first time trying Korean food... he was hardly eating anything though :P I hope he enjoyed the experience as much as we did!!
And we had Korean beer "Hite" and Ginseng Soju. Their Soju was very smooth and easy to drink, and it had a delayed effect... so it really started kicking into my system towards the end of the night :D I'm glad I wasn't the one driving!
After Dan Sung Sa, we went to this Korean bar called "The Prince" and had more Soju. This time, we tried Yogurt Soju and Lemon Soju. They were both very tasty! I wish I took some pictures here as well, but I have to save that for next time... :)