How did I not know about Su Dam? All those years in resignation going to Tofu House because there was no other decent Korean place close to Stanford...what a waste! Not only do they have a bigger variety, but the place is nicer, the parking is easier...everything was top notch. This is our new go-to Korean place in this area. Most of the mediocre reviews focus on dishes we don't like (bibimbap, nyang moon), so for us (my Korean +1 and I) this place is perfect. Here's what we thought: Banchan (free): She said that they were really authentic and good, and I agree. Lots of places don't do banchan very well because they give it to you free, and so normally the kim chi is sour and boring. Not so here, as the kim chi is fresh and spicy; in other words, heavenly. Lots of good variety too: bean sprouts, squash, cucumber kim chi, jello cubes, and eggplant as well. Seafood pancake (haemul pajeon, $11.99): Very light and crispy. Better than the one we had at Jang Su Jang, which is supposed to be known for it. It was also a good size, and was not so overflowing with stuff that the proportions were off. I liked that there were lots of scallions. Bulgogi beef ($14.99): Mouthwateringly amazing. Our favorite dish of the night. Bulgogi is done pretty well at a lot of places, but this is even better. Almost close to when her family cooks it themselves. Tofu soup (sundubu, $11.99): Not bad, but not my favorite. About the same or slightly better than Tofu House, in terms of quailty. I really liked that it was more customizable though, as in you could add dumpling or ramen or cheese or rice cake (two of the above) for no extra charge. All of this would probably rate it a five already for me, but the service and ambience made it even better. They refilled all of our banchan without asking, they checked up on us regularly but not so much as to be intrusive, and the place is really nice and clean with wood panelling, real metal chopsticks, and lots of space. Easily a five-star for me, and then some.
Jeff H. on Jun 16, 2014