Walking down robson against the grain of flow is not the best way to decide upon a place to eat. Amongst the already diverse selection of restaurants, there is a plethora of Korean establishments all along the robson strip. So when my friends and I decided upon Korean food, we were no step closer to eating then we were 30 minutes ago.
Finally after deciding against the usual "drinking" places, we hop into Sura. Afterall, man does not live on soju alone! Okay, everyone save for my father.
The friendly staff acknowledge our presence and begin setting up a table right away. The menus arrive and we are plesantly suprised that the prices do not reflect the sophisticated decor of the restaurant.
The waitress returns to take our order... wait a minute, our waitress suddenly looks shorter and her hair is longer. Wait, this isn't our waitress. This may pose problems in the future.
We order and soon after, our side dishes arrive and due to our earlier indecisiveness in choosing a place, we are famished! We devour all three sides in less than a minute and laugh and comment on how hungry we must be to have eaten the sides like wolves... Only to realize that... the sides are actually really delicious! We sheepishly ask for more... and once again before our entres arrive.
On to the main course. I ordered a spicy chicken stew (dahk bokeum tang) and my first impression is, "where's the chicken?"
Boy was I mistaken.
Before eating we ask the waitress who took our order for some more tea and, you guessed it, some more sides. After a few minutes go by, niether our waters no the sides have reached our table. Soon after a different waitress walks by and, noticing that our sides were empty, asks us if we would like more. We say, "yes" thinking that our first waitress has forgotten about us. Our second waitress comes back quickly with our sides who is followed by the first waitress who has brought another set of sides. Not suprisingly, our tea arrives with a different waitress altogether.
On to the food.
I begin eating. It was love at first bite.
The flavour was spot on. Everything I was anticipating and more.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit your grandma, or a friend's grandma who lives in the country sides of Korea, go and ask her to make you her variation of this dish. Otherwise, come to Sura.
The flavour is rich, the stew is hearty and they have killed an entire bird for this dish (an exaggeration but not by much.)
Korean establishments usually serve as places to drink, with items on the menu leaning towards more the cheaper, generic items which any homesick Korean could make at their home away from home. But some restaurants have ditched that to become food establishments at which we could have a drink at if you'd like. Making the food the main focal point. Sura is one of those places. A place where their food speaks volumes and many other Korean restaurants are following suit.