All of the sudden Guadalajara has a solid repertoire of Korean restaurants. I am really starting to rethink my criticisms of the Asian food that is available here. There are casual options in the market, after-work beer swigging and all-you-can-eat joints, and there are sophisticated yet casually elegant options to choose from. Restaurante SSAM fits into that sophisticated yet casually elegant category. Inside and out the experience is absolutely enchanting. A beautiful space on tree-lined Calle Morelos, educated and attentive service, and one hell of a kitchen make Restaurante SSAM a name that you need to know.
Long before I got to experience this restaurant I would see the manager in Mercado de Abastos buying produce. I can attest to the fact that they really know food because everything that is served is in awesome condition. There was not a blemish on anything. The herbs, the lettuce, the eggplant were perfect. They start with really good ingredients and know how to prepare them well.
Ginger ale, ginger lemonade and ginger passion fruit cocktails were perfect and there is a small yet solid lineup of craft beer.
We decided to share some appetizers and then turn on the grill. I personally love the grill in the middle of the table and the chop sticks made out of metal. I like my meat rare and my wife likes her’s medium-well, and this way we both win.
They made this ramen for us with gluten free noodles.
Have you every had empanadas made with a rice flour wrapper?
The BBQ at Restaurante SSAM is the best I have tasted in years
While we were devouring the appetizers the grill was getting warmed up. While I love going to the all-you-can-eat paces there nothing like a great cut of meat. You can get that little bit of fat nice and crispy when its cut into slices.
The onion and garlic help flavor the meat and the meat helps flavor the mushroom. It is a win-win situation.
We ate every last bit of every one of those side dishes. Honesty, I felt like I was back in LA. I easily could have been on Vermont Av or Olympic Blvd the food was so good.
While I am no expert on kimchi, I know what I like. When the cabbage is fermented yet it still has a crunch to it, I am in heaven. From the flavor of the chiles to the cabbage, this is one of the best kimchis that I have had the pleasure of tasting.
Probably the most expensive marshmallow lollipop you are going to taste this year but it is a must. There is like a matcha green tea ice cream inside there. And a toasted marshmallow exterior; come on now.
Come check this place out. Guadalajara is more than just torta ahogadas.