Dan Sung Sa aka Porno Bar (Oakland)

Date Night: June 15, 2013 @ 6 PM

Dan Sung Sa is also known as the Porno Bar. No, it is NOT a porn bar or strip club but just a regular Korean restaurant. Even after the name change from the previous restaurant whose decor consisted of  pictures of nude Asian girls, locals continue to prefer to call it by its more fun name “Porno Bar." Do not worry there is nothing pornographic about this Korean drinking hole. Everything is PG-13 except for the alcohol, of course.  

DECOR & AMBIANCE:

The exterior is enough to make one gun the engine and drive away. Thankfully the interior does not reflect the shabby and ghettoish graffiti-ed facade.  Inside is clean and very cool with a nice  rustic bar and private booths that resemble huts in Asia. The walls are peppered with cool newsprint Asian posters. Korean pop was definitely blaring on the background.

DSS  aka Porno Bar serves ”Korean drunk food.“ In the Philippines, they are known as ”pulutan.“  These dishes are meant to be eaten while drinking pitchers of flavored soju, beer or sake. The strawberry soju is quite popular at this place.

My Carnivore and I were not there to drink but we just wanted some good Korean food and everything we had tasted really good! We are thinking of cabbing it next time so we do not have to "drink soju and drive.”

EATS:
1.Corn and cheese which was so addictingly cheesy and I would guess was also made with condensed milk.
2.Kimchi pancake which was a  flat savory spicy pancake. So good!
3.Beef bibimbap for me that arrived in very hot stone pot with the nice crusty rice in the bottom, lots of flavorful beef and veggie then topped with fried egg.
4.Beef short ribs for my guy which he really enjoyed.
5.And spicy KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) which were fried chicken wings doused with spicy Korean pepper sauce. An afterthought. Came sizzling hot and was also very tasty.
6.4 complimentary ban chan (kimchi, etc small plates)

It is fun to come to this place with a bunch of friends but it was not a problem for us because the two of us ordered enough for four. We ended up taking the KFC home since our eyes were bigger than our tummies. Service was friendly and efficient.

Check: $70 before tip with 2 Diet Cokes

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