I live very near a part of Annandale that many people refer to as Little Korea. I am going to admit something to yall, put myself on the line...Korean food intimidates me. I can't quite give a reason why but there is something about it that scares me. I have lived around this area for years and I have never been to a Korean restaurant. Well I take that back, my friend and I went one time to a restaurant, couldnt read the menu and ended up ordering food we were both not fond of. Besides that experience, nada-zilch-no more attempts.
I decided to stop being such a baby and didn't bail out of going to DaMoim.They had a fusion menu so this is the perfect place to move me in slowly to Korean food.
When I arrived I accidently went into the Karaoke bar next door, which provided for a little awkwardness on my part, but later on after I was leaving DaMoim one of the guys working there recognized me and told me I should come karaoke some time!
I got to DaMoim, which is small but quaint on the inside. I sat at a high table and drank a coke while I was waiting for my food to come. Little bit of relaxation for me as coke is like my crack.
Anyways I ordered the 28. Galbi Tacos $9 : Beef Short Rib Tacos served with sesame-chili salsa, a slaw of julienne lettuce and scallions and a sprinkle of crushed sesame seeds. This was delicious and plentiful. More then worth your money for tacos. The beef was flavored awesomely, tender and I really enjoyed my meal.
For an appetizer I got #2 Mandoo $6, beef and pork traditional Korean dumplings (6) served with soy sesame dipping sauce. I was not a huge fan of these, but it was more of a personal preference thing then a taste thing. I prefer a thicker dumpling layer and slightly different filling. This was another good deal price wise, you get your money's worth.
Waiters were friendly and food was good, I will definitely be coming back to try some of their other items-very cool menu! My only tiff with this place, and it is a minor one is that they wouldn't let you mix/match the tacos. Most places allow you to switch it up if they are the same price/you are willing to pay the higher price. All three types of tacos here were the same price/portion but they wouldn't allow you to get more then one kind. I suppose it is a good way to get you to come back if you like the tacos.
7106 Columbia Pike
After visiting, it has now become my goal to experiment with Korean food more in this area because there is a plethora of restaurants.