Food that feeds your Seoul

By Staff Writer Eric Sousa. You know you’re going to enjoy the restaurant when, on the only two wide-screen TVs, they’re simultaneously playing Little Shop of Horrors and K-pop. It definitely sets the mood for the kind of meal you’ll have at From the Seoul, right down the road in Dartmouth. The aesthetics of this place are fairly standard, it’s open, spacious, and there’s that normal ambience you get from hometown restaurants. However, it’s the food experience that gives this place its “let’s go back” factor. It’s hard not to want to return to the place that had flavorful dishes at college-affordable prices. The server immediately showed his knowledge while answering questions concerning the menu, which is good because my Korean is rusty. Honestly, it’s probably better to order the items you don’t know. You’re already here, try something new. It has an open-faced kitchen so you can see the inner-workings, which is something I’ve always found cool for restaurants to have. The staff was very communicative and fun, also appreciating that their establishment had some unique choice of showed programs. As the server took our order, a K-pop song echoed steadily in the background. That’s definitely a unique experience, if you’re into that sort of thing. About two K-pop songs later, our appetizers came out. The shrimp dumplings hit the spot. The food didn’t take long to come out at all; halfway through the fifth K-pop song, it arrived. In addition to our food, the server brought out several small servings of an array of dishes. One small dish contained kimchi, one had the best broccoli I’ve ever had, one had potato salad, and plenty of other unique flavors. These, we were told, could either be eaten independently of the meal or used to embellish them. I loved that I could conduct my own flavor combinations. All in all, this is definitely a restaurant that I can see myself returning to, and eating as many dishes as my time on this planet will allow. The food hits the spot, it’s a nice breath of fresh air from the food halls you’ve ritually frequented, and it’s not a large haul away from campus. Also; if you’re in the market for a decent bowl of ramen, their spicy ramen will put your stove-top ramen to shame. But don’t be afraid to be honest with your spice tolerance; you have nothing to prove.

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