Thursday, January 2, 2014

Korean BBQ at Sonamu

Last Sunday, I and Mitzie Mee decided to finally get our kimchi- fix. Mitzie Mee has always talked warmly about Sonamu, a Korean restaurant at Asiana hotel, Deira so that was our goal for the evening. Deira is one of the busiest places in Dubai, especially around evening time when lots of commuters are leaving their jobs in Dubai and drive home to Sharjah (the neighbouring emirate). Hence, there is a lot of traffic in the evening and I could see dear Hubby getting more and more nervous as he hates crowds, even if he doesn't have to drive himself. Eventually we arrived to the hotel and met up with Mitziee Mee and her hubby.
Korean meals are always served with banchan, a selection of small dishes of food. Banchan are set in the middle of the table to be shared and is meant to be finished at each meal. What I like with Sonamu is that there was a constant refill of especially kimchi. Korean restaurants in Sweden normally charge extra for a kimchi refill.
We shared a Korean BBQ, bipimbap (the Korean national dish), fried jumbo prawns, pulgogi and pork skewers. The word "Bipimbap" means "mixed rice"and is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables and chili pepper paste with a raw or fried egg and sliced meat added. Just before eating, all ingredients are stirred together thoroughly.
Our entire table was filled with various plates and bowls of food. What I like with Korean food is that despite eating a lot of it, you don't feel full in the same way as when you eat Western food. Our very attentive waitor spent most of the evening by our table, barbecuing the meat over the grill (which is placed at the centre of the table) and gently placed the grilled pieces on our plates. Unfortunately they did not have Korean beer but we settled happily for a Japanese "Asahi". To round off the evening, Mitzie Mee and I shared a bottle of soju.
I have been to a few Korean restaurants in Dubai, there are suprisingly many of them here but Sonamu is by far the best restaurant. The service was impeccable and the restaurant has a very nice ambience.

Onion salad

Korean BBQ "A whole cow"

The soju face

Banchan, Korean side dishes


1 comment:

  1. LOVE your soju-face! I'm glad you liked Sonamu:)