송하정스시 – Song Ha Jung Sushi (Gang Dong Gu – Sang-Il Dong)
This location was way out in the eastern part of Seoul near Gang-Il Dong (Gang Dong Gu). I had to check to see if I was still in Seoul. KRW 45,000 for the sashimi omakase. With prices this low, one had to wonder what you were going to get. What we did get was a very nice omakase dinner with lots of pieces as well as a nice finishing touch – the Japanese style ramen with pork and beef bone broth. Damn, that was good.
One of the reasons Chef Jung is able to keep the omakase cost so low is that he is a one-man show. He is doing everything himself. Plus, the rent at this location can’t be all that expensive. While the sashimi omakase is KRW 45,000, factor in another KRW 10,000 to 15,000 for the taxi fare, and the true effective cost is KRW 60,000. It’s so far out of Seoul proper, Chef Jung was surprised to see foreigners in this area. ?
Another guest’s comment – Dave W: “Song Ha Jung Sushi is the Costco of Seoul omakase: what it lacks in location and ambience, it makes up for in quality and value.”
HIGHLIGHTS: Price and value. I liked how he cut the sashimi pieces into thicker slices than most places. The menchi katsu (Japanese fried meat katsu) and the thick porky meaty broth of the Japanese ramen were nice touches. You usually don’t get these finishers at the other Seoul omakases.
LOWLIGHTS: Location and interior.
It’s worth a drive. Check it out for yourself.