Because taco is what Damso does well. In fact, taco is what Damso does best. The former location of Sanpachi Ramen house, I walked by last night to see the brand new Damso advertising 50% off opening prices and if you’re no stranger, you know that I harbour an often absurd affinity to both tacos and frugality.
Never one to waste an opportunity for bargain tacos, we venture into the small but quaint restaurant. From the warm lighting to the wall of candles and the dreamy K-pop filling the entire room, Damso just oozes Korean drama charm.
We all know which charm I’m referring to because don’t even try to pretend each and every single one of us didn’t suffer and survive through a crippling and debilitating months long Korean drama complex.
This is a safe place and if we can’t all admit that at one point or another in our lives, we’ve considered dating or becoming an Asian male with slimmer waists, tinier wrists, and longer locks than Miley Cyrus, who can save you?
A quick scan of the brief menu tells us all we need to know – two beef tacos, slow cooked baby back ribs, and kal cooksoo noodle soup.
One day. One day, i’ll learn that ordering only two tacos is never the way. And it is especially never the way when they are reduced in price. And it is especially especially never the way when they taste like a homecoming celebration in your mouth. The fiery sweet chili of the thinly sliced beef, onion, and lettuce simultaneously hearkens back to the good old days of asian comfort food while also catapulting you into the modern world of asian fusion.
Still simple, this taco was easily the best part of my entire meal. The slightly dry but oh so tasty hand stretched tortilla wrapped everything up into the perfect pocket you want built into every piece of clothing you own.
I want my baby back, baby back, baby back, baby back ribs. And baby back ribs I got. Served with rice, these tender ribs were marinated in a tasty sweet and spicy sauce surrounded by carrots, potatoes, and onions. Though far from life changing, the ribs were a decent pick.
The weakest link of the night, the dish was definitely lacking personality. While the house-made noodles held a satisfying chew, the stringy beef pieces were dry and the thick chicken broth was more of a bland salt water.
Real talk, would I return?
Taco – yes. Miscellaneous – dubious.
The absence of banchan also weighed heavily on my heart. Without the novel side dishes, an facet of Korean dining I’ve grown to love, I can’t help but feel a bit empty.
At half-off, with dinner for two coming to barely over $20, I can find it in my crusty frozen heart to justify food mediocrity but once the magic and discounting of newly opened wears off, I’ll be singing a different tune.