Hoya Sushi in Seoul was one of the best Japanese restaurants that I visited in South Korea. Their sushi is not only the pinnacle of quality, but also their side dishes are amazing!
The restaurant is big, with many tables to attend to all the customers that come daily during the busy dinner time. But do not worry, their service is fast and worth it, even if you might need to wait for a seat.
We sat at a corner table but it was no problem for the staff. They attended to us quickly despite our location. Then, we received our food very quickly. The restaurant itself, I have got to say is just a typical restaurant. It’s not a place ideal for Instagram, but the food definitely compensates for that.
As a typical Japanese restaurant, you can choose among many sushi options. You also can choose sets, bowls, or individual units of specific sushi. My friend and I ordered a salmon bowl and a plate of sushi with an assortment of fish. The price was 15,000 Won and 18,000 Won respectively.
Although it was more than I typically pay for dinner, it was affordable for a night out. And, the price was totally worth it. Both plates were amazing and of extremely high quality considering what we paid. Plus, with the side dishes, my friend and I could barely finish both orders.
This place is a paradise for people who love salmon like me. The only reason why I did not order the raw salmon sashimi was that I had way too much to eat already. But, the famous plate that is on my list for next time is those raw salmon cuts. I saw that they bring you huge pieces from different parts of the fish. As a result, you can have the opportunity to try different cuts and compare them. It goes from the ones that are fattier, to the lean ones. Either way, all look great.
I just understood what was happening at that place because my Korean friend was with me. Basically, they gave us free miso soup, deep-fried shrimp, grilled salmon, cold noodles, and sweet tofu.
All of the side dishes were amazing, especially the salmon. I couldn’t believe they all came with our meal! It was great to have some pieces of grilled fish along with the sushi.
I honestly would like to know the name of the sweet tofu that I ate so I could share it here. It was sticky, to the point that I would not believe it was tofu if someone did not tell me, and served with a sweet sauce.
I have been craving Hoya Sushi since I first stepped out of that place. Their amazing quality sushi and side dishes won me over and I will not last long before going back there again. I do think that finding good reasonably-priced Japanese restaurants is hard, but I would definitely give Hoya Sushi a chance if you are in Kondae.
Hoya Sushi (호야 초밥) Address: 12-36 Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul Korean Address: 서울 광진구 능동로13길 39 1층 Operating Hours: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Closed: Mondays
If you find yourself in Hongdae instead of Kondae, I have another sushi recommendation! A close second for me is The Correct Sushi. Click Here to learn more!