This is part of our 86’ed series, restaurants that no longer exist that we still love.

Cuisine: Japanese

Price: $$

Reservations: No

Suggested Items: Tataki, Buta no kakuni, Shouchu

Japanese themed izakaya are popping up more these days. I say Japanese themed because they all look Japanese, but they serve Korean food or something that may be based on Japanese food with mayo squiggles and sweet sauces. Smith (Sonsaeng) is this lone cinder block walled joint at the top of a lonely street in Sinsa-dong. The inside doesn’t looks more like minimalist hipster joint than traditional Japanese, plus a big chandelier overhead. The food will blow your mind. The tataki is just-seared beef served with grated onions, radish and wasabi with a little soy dressing. Delicately elegant. Buta no kakuni is a seriously braised pork belly that chopsticks can slice through like warm butter. Enjoy this with a chilled bottle of Japanese shochu on crushed ice with sliced lemon. This is place is a well-kept secret, and I hope not too many people find out about it–just enough to keep it in business. Is that too selfish?

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Other Amenities: English, Korean and Japanese on menu




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