|Dansungsa - Seafood Soon Dubu Chigae|
I longed for one 'best kept' secret without my having to go out to Lougheed where all the Koreans cluster. During my few weeks of being tied to St. Paul's Hospital, I finally find a ready reason to pop in to Dung Sung Sa after having exhausted the sushi and sandwich places. :^D.
It is a cozy little place with heavy wooden tables. Surprisingly, chic humble. It smelled right though the prices were higher than I would have expected for Korean AND the West End. Anyhoo, we were already through the door and I was not yet too too mobile. I was happy to be siting even though I had only really walked two blocks :^P
We ordered one Hot Stone Bowl rice Dish and a Squid Chigae (stew). I was doubtful yet hopeful. When doing Korean food properly, it's important to get the base right. It's rather simple, perhaps considered time consuming in a restaurant environment so alot of them will use instant broth. The thing is you can usually pick up the MSG immediately. Blech, like at the Royal Seoul House on Broadway. Well, pleasant surprise, the broth was not instant or at the very least not clouded with the lingering taste of MSG. It was loaded with Squid and Soon Dubu (fresh Tofu or Silken). It is served with a bowl of steamed Rice.
|Dansungsa - Squid Stone Bowl|
They have some oddly included non Korean dishes which are probably good but I would recommend you stick to Korean. I never understood why most Korean restaurants served Japanese dishes while I was growing up. I guess Korean food had less mass appeal back then. Anyhoo, I don't order fries at a Pizza place and I don't order Nasi Goreng in a Korean place.
The service is a bit airy fairy but nice enough. The decor reminded me of small hole in the wall restaurants in my home town in Korea. Nothing spectacular and not why I go to eat somewhere so long as it's clean and, for Korean, 'smells right' when you walk in.:^D It is slightly more than other popular regular joints on Davie but as far as taste and quality, well worth it. So get out of that stupid line at Stephos fried food emporium and mushy sushi at Samurai and take a peek down Thurlow.
Cost: $$-$$$ (more than you'd pay on Davie but worth it)
Ambiance: Typical Korean diner: dark wood with random cheesy Korean alcohol ad posters
Dan Sung SaRobson Street/West End
1221 Thurlow St
Vancouver, BC V6E
|Good authetic food &acceptable service|