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Katsumi: The Japanese restaurant in Hong De, Seoul, S. Korea

We went to a Japanese restaurant in Hong De, Seoul, S. Korea today.  Yes, it was Japanese food, but it was Japanese food with a Korean slant.  Japanese food, for the most part, isn’t spicy, but everything on their menu was spicy.  The Japanese main condiment is soy sauce, but the major taste in Korea is spicy.  I really am not into spicy that much, and I was able to eat around the spicy.

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The English transliteration here is not very good. The Japanese actually says the name of the restaurant is Katsumi.
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The sign outside on the street in front of the building. The Japanese in the middle of the sign says “Ushi katsu,” cow or beef cutlet. In Korean, it says the restaurant is on the second floor.
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It looks like a Japanese restaurant. In Japan, every business owner has short cloth curtains hanging above their business with the business name on it called norens. Here, they have written katsumi again, three times.

It was a restaurant dedicated to different kinds of beef dishes. There was beef curry, slices of beef with garlic sprinkled over it, and deep fat fried beef.  In the last dish, the spicy was on the side.  They included wasabi, the green spicy stuff people love to talk about they can find in Japan. Of course, they had to include kimchee with everything, but kimchee isn’t Japanese. It is Korean.

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Japanese ambiance in the restaurant
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One of the small hibachi pots in the middle of the table
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There are candles in these habachi pots.

There were hibachi pots heated with candles in the middle of the tables.  They brought the meat to you only half cooked. They said you could eat it like it was or cook it more on the hibachi pot.  We aren’t into raw beef, so we cooked our on the hibachi pots before we ate it.  Once I got the meat cooked and got all the garlic powder cleared off the top of mine, it was good.  My daughter had the curried beef, and she said the curry was kind of spicy.  I noticed that Hanul had the plate with the wasabi on it, but even though she is Korean, she didn’t even touch the wasabi. She was busy enjoying the beef.

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Our food; You can see that we were recooking our beef on the hibachi pot, and the red stuff and the green stuff on the plate there are both spicy.  What looks like gravy on the plate on the left is spicy curry sauce.
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They had Japanese style windows.
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A painting of Mt. Fuji and sakura (cherry blossoms)

As long as you don’t mind the spicy stuff, the restaurant is good.  We also all had rice with our meals.  We had salad on the side, and when they saw I had eaten all my salad, they brought me another one for free.  Japanese eat miso soup, and I usually love miso soup. They had some, but it wasn’t quite as good as the Japanese make. The only soda pop they had was full of sugar, and I don’t care for sugary soda pop, but I like water, so I told them I would just drink water. When I did that, everyone else decided to drink water too.  The ambiance was good. It was decorated to try to make you feel you were in Japan.

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