When I was only a careless freshman, I first heard the name “Dan Sung Sa” online in a desperate attempt to find a decent Chinese buffet. It is neither Chinese nor a buffet. But what it is, I discovered, is a good hang-out spot for a cheap meal in a setting I’m guessing will be new to almost everyone at the University of Dallas.
To get there, take Loop 12 North to Interstate-35E N. Get off on Royal Lane and go left, then take the first right onto Emerald Street. The restaurant is in the shopping center directly on your left. Trust me: It is there. If you see a concrete cube that says “Dan Sung Sa,” you’ve found it.
Once you go in, you will be greeted by a server and ushered into a booth completely enclosed by splintered and graffiti-encrusted wood. The server will then pour you several glasses of water; the water will be slightly yellow and may have stuff floating in it. I’ve been assured that it is Barley tea, and I hope it is, because it grows on you. Do yourself a favor and, before the waitress leaves, order a few bento boxes. For only a dollar, you’ll be tasting a combination of rice, kim-chi and a fried egg.
The place is considered a bar. The beer is cheap, and the soju comes well recommended. It is served in various favors, and it looks as if they mix it at the bar and pour it into a reusable bottle. The yogurt soju was recommended to me, but it definitely tasted watered down. Even so, I enjoyed it and would probably get it again. Regardless of whether or not you drink, at this point just enjoy the night; you and whoever you brought should have plenty to talk about.
They do have some food options. I’m under the impression that most of the food is served to share. Every dish is about $15 and is well-sized for two or three people. The place opens at 6 p.m., and it closes about 2:30 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on weeknights. Now, I’m kind of lame, and every time I’ve gone, it’s been about dinner time, when it is kind of quiet. Needless to say, I can’t vouch for what it’s like after those quiet hours.
Dan Sung Sa is a great place if you’re looking for someplace new. (Not “new” as in, “I’m tired of my usual Korean restaurant,” but more as in “I’m tired of going into a restaurant knowing what to expect.”) Take a couple friends: You can easily enjoy yourselves for a low price. Much like typical “Rome semester memories,” such as running from riots in Greece or finding yourself stranded in an
Eastern European country, this meal will be something you and your friends will be talking about for years.