Damso is new Korean restaurant on Westend.
Let me start off by saying that I had a nice experience at Damso. The food was good, service was prompt, and we had some great strawberry makgeolli. No complaints. I will return if in the area. That said, I've also had better. The previous reviews make it sound like it's the best out there, and while it's good, let's not get out of control here.
We ordered the meatballs appetizer (flavorful, but a touch oily), and shared two orders of the beef BBQ. The meat was not marinated and only came with one sauce, which made the dish a bit bland and disappointing. The tofu soup that we added to the BBQ was standard so no complaints.
Value wise, I thought it could've been be better. Ban chans were literally a quarter (or I think even smaller) of what you'd get at standard korean restaurants. $70 (taxes and tips in) will stuff two people nicely with alcohol. Not bad for downtown pricing, but for a Korean joint, there are many other options as well.
This is a cute little restaurant, and I enjoy it's casual atmosphere. But the problem here is that along with being a small restaurant, the tables are also small. Food will fill up your table in no time, and when eating family style, it really makes it a challenge to squeeze everything in.
Being next door to Kingyo - a fantastically run restaurant and a favorite of mine - cannot be easy. But if anyone can do it, it's Damso.
I believe in you Damso. You have a squeaky clean and sleek ambiance, good service people behind the counter and above all, great food. Really, really nice food. Best multigrain rice I remember eating in Vancouver. Delicious Korean accompaniment dishes. Damn nice Bibimbop, Bulgogi beef and spicy chicken. Great stone bowls and cutlery.
I don't eat Korean frequently, but I've been to most Korean places downtown once. This one is the best, hands down. Go here !
I've tried this place twice within a week and both times won my two thumbs up!
Tried their Kalbi beef steak, which comes with fresh lettuce, a side dish, Korean bean paste/sauce, and a bowl of rice. The beef is cooked perfectly to medium rare and the rice can either be multi-grain or plain old white. The waitress explained the way to eat this dish is to use the lettuce to wrap a piece of beef, a little bit of side dish and rice, and a dab of the bean paste. The combination of all gives a really nice taste and texture, I really liked it! I liked it so much that I've re-ordered this same dish the second I went back!
Also tried their seafood waffles and beef tongues as appertizer. The waffles are really hot, fresh out from the pan, and the sauce on it is really savoury. The beef tongues is one of the best I've tried! Good texture with simple taste of salt and pepper, goes really well with a bottle of Hite.
Other than good food, the service is also excellent! There is only one waitress but she is very polite and attentive. When we asked fore more lettuce and side dish, she quickly answered with a big smile and promptly brought us the items! The guy that looks like the owner greeted us nicely when we walked in, and thanked us warmly in Korean when we finished the meal and were about to exit the place. ("Kum-Soh-Ha-Mi-Da" means "thank you", it's the only Korean I know!)
All in all, good food with good service, I'll be returning many more times for sure!
Food is not bad here but service is definitely terrible.
I remember when I can here I wanted to order pork belly BBQ. They are so reasonably priced and said I can only order one of the following. I thought this was an all you can eat, I thought I paid for it. I guess there are rules and limitations to what I order. I also wanted more water and attempted to flag down a waiter. He look right at me and walked away. So freaking rude. I understand that you are busy but please at least acknowledge the fact that I was trying to talk to you. I don't need you to get the item right away , but I know you flat out ignore me. My boyfriend really likes this place because with $10 you can drink soju and the quality of the meat is really good. But I don't know if I can handle their rudeness anymore.
Damso if you continue on with your rudeness, I think you will keep losing your customers. SAD FACE FOR YOU!
I loved this place!
After reading overall positive reviews, I decided to try it out as I'm always interested in "modern cuisines".
Damso met my expectations and beyond.
They do have very interesting meals and spins on traditional dishes.
Each meal comes with their own side dishes (four, including the kimchi), and the waitress will ask you if you want refills when you finish eating the side dishes. What I liked is, normally, you have to share side dishes with the entire table, but here, you get your own set!
The tableware was attractive, and the seating was comfortable.
I had the Kalbi Chicken and it tasted wonderful, although be careful of the oil splattering everywhere, as it is served on a stone plate and it is sizzling when it is served.
My friends and I shared a seafood waffle, which was a nice spin to the typical seafood pancake. I can't say it's better than the pancake, but definitely an interesting approach.
We finished off with the snowman sorbet which was super cute. It was made of yuzu sorbet. It was refreshing, but not something I'd crave.
Overall, very pleasant experience and with an affordable menu to boot!