Korean in the capital - Sura, Cristal Salam Hotel, Abu Dhabi
When it comes to Korean food in Abu Dhabi, we are becoming spoiled for choice. Sura is my third foray into Korean food in the city, having tried Hankook (02 642 3399) and Mannaland (02 446 6860). In terms of ambience, I think Mannaland with its floor seating has something special, but Sura has its own reasons why it is my best Korean food experience in Abu Dhabi.
|Spacious, cosy, simple.|
At 65 Dhs, this really offers amazing value. Price is good, but what about the taste? On the day that we were there, their Korean chef was away, and this was evident in one of the dishes: the bulgogi. In appearance it certainly looked Korean, with a wonderful explosion of colour thanks to the peppers. However, it was sweet, and this totally drowned out the saltiness that soya sauce usually brings to this dish. A false note definitely. On the other hand, all the other dishes took me back to my time in Chunju more than 12 years ago.
|Seafood and spring onion pancake.|
While I did not indulge this time, it is nice to know that Sura is fully licensed and offers typical Korean drinks, including soju and makoli. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that they offer Hite, Korea's favourite malty drink. However, I did allow my self my favourite Asian sweet indulgence, green tea ice cream. I wish I did not though. Whereas the green tea ice cream at Toki in The Hilton is close to perfect, this was not. It tasted icy and had only a hint of the green tea flavour.
|Classic Korean drinks.|
|A fun but edgy drink.|
Because there are only 4 Korean restaurants in the city, you could easily try all of them. Overall, I would recommend Sura from the 3 I have tried. You should try it too and you will be able to say you know more than just Samsung and LG!
Cristal Salam Hotel,
Tourist Club, Abu Dhabi.
02 659 7666
Business Lunch Dhs 65
A La Carte Meal for two Dhs 250