February 16th, 2012. SURA Korean Cuisine
A rainy mid-February day sniffing out some business downtown with my fave co-worker, Ms. Vivian! After striking out at a few places we figured it’s time to grab some lunch.
Ms. Vivian suggested we check out SURA on Robson. I was pretty happy to oblige since I’ve always been curious about it. I’d heard some good feedback…and I wanted to see for myself.
I really like the decor. It’s traditionally warm and inviting, but at the same time has that westcoast cool. There are tables on either sides of the space, but I love that the middle section has the sunken tables with sheer drape partitions. Love it~!
We were pleasantly surprised that there were some great priced lunch specials. SURA is slighly higher-end than other Korean small-plates restaurants, so this was a completely delightful surprise
Another good sign that this place would be serving good food was the fact that there was a decent number of non-Koreans eating here as well. Korean resaurants are different in the sense that the barometer forr whether it’s good is if non-Koreans like it. This is probably due to the fact that most Koreans only go to Korean restaurants anyways, so that’s never a real indication of the quality. With the normal crap service, inconsistent quality and over-priced menus…it’s just more reliable to see other nationalities at a Korean restaurant.
Even the side dishes are clean to the palate. Doesn’t taste over-processed, old or as if it’s an afterthought. The fact that they put attention to even the free banchan is a great sign 🙂
For $11 you can get the Spicy Soft Tofu Soup (beef or seafood options). What I love about the way they do this dish is that it’s just so clean. You can actually taste the freshness of the ingredients and they don’t skimp on the seafood!
I got the GalbiJjim. “Tender beef short ribs slow-cooked in lightly sweetened soy sauce with kabocha pumpkin”. This is a great dish! The short ribs are nice and meaty, very tender, and the addition of the kabocha pumpkins is a terrific match! Love the sauce, too. And for $14, this is not a bad deal 😉
Will I come back? Absolutely! They have this awesome multi-course group lunch you can do for only $15 per person. he table next to us was having it and I was literally drooling!
Anyways, great space, acceptable service and great food!