SURA provides an upscale introduction to the world of Korean Royal cuisine.
Located on the very west side of Robson Street Vancouver, one can safely assume that the price, and quality, of SURA is substantially higher than the norm. And it is. SURA has a deceptively romatic interior, disguised by a modest store front.
We ordered one of the dinner set-course meal options, and our waiter immediately brought out complimentary banchan and the drinks, which were followed by salad and the procession of the greatest small dishes offering I have ever seen: 20 in total. There were too many to list, but included variations of pickled vegetables, an assortment of kimchee, egg soufflé, and a few seafood offerings that I had never tried. Needless to say dinner began with a flurry of chopstick duels and the incessant clinking of ceramic dishes. The only thing that saved us from gorging ourselves off banchan was the arrival of the meat. I think we chose bulgolgi, short ribs aka kalbi, and brisket. The brisket was better than most places I've been to, and the bulgolgi and kalbi were definitely well above par. The meal was finished with a cup of traditional Korean sweet rice drink called Sikhae, and it was simply awesome.
SURA Korea restaurant is a great place to bring friends and family, or maybe that first date you're trying to impress. Aside from the dinner set course meals there is an entirely separate menu for a la carte items and combinations. SURA offers a mixture of class, style, service, and quality that should help ease your doubts about whether the cost outweighs the meal.