Definitely the best sushi bar you haven’t been to yet. Sushi Kal is Casual, clean and modern, the long sushi bar and welcoming staff take you for a minute to your old local sushi haunt back in San Francisco or New York.
This isn’t your Whole Foods or Costco Sushi in a box. Nor is it your deeply-frozen pieces of fish-ice. This is thick, cold (not frozen, mind you) slabs of deep red tunas (maguro), delectable, light salmon and a dozen other types of fresh raw fish touched up with just the right about of subtle care.
Red cushioned stools adorn the black bar, which is equipped with a heated sake dispenser and plenty of Korean and Japanese Beer.
Miss Western style sushi? Then don’t miss the Spicy Tuna Roll or California Rolls — one order alone is enough to fill up the heartiest of appetities (8,000 won each). Lunch is perfect — Sushi & Zaru Soba for 10,000 won. Done.
The simple menu also offers up a wide assortment of ala carte sushi as well, including ikura, or salmon eggs that pop away in your mouth like sweetly salted balloons, grilled teriyaki eel, octopus, squid (ika), shrimp (aba-emi) and much more. (12 piece, assorted sushi plate is 16,000 won and incredibly filling). The menu also features grilled and salted delicacies, such as roasted salmon cheek (25,000 won) and a platter of lightly battered, flash fried king shrimp (20,000 won).
The soups are equally tasty, and include the must try “Zaru Soba”: cold buckwheat noodles served in a sweet soybean sauce with just a splash of seasoning. The fluffy, Japanese-style udon will leave you looking longingly at your empty bowl — put on your best puppy dog eyes and you’re likely to get a little extra “service.” (Soups are all 5,000 won!)
The toughest part of finding this little 20 seater restaurant is leaving it; but you’re destined to come back again. And again.
Take Line 6 to Gongdeok Station. Walk straight out of Exit 1, and make a left on the first street. Walk to the first light, and make a right. Walk to the next light (on the corner where ZuZu Bar is), and make a left across the street. Continue straight about 1/2 a block. Kal Sushi will be on your right hand side.
The restaurant is located in Mapo, not Sinchon or Yongsan.
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