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Great dinner at Sura last night (long)

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Great dinner at Sura last night (long)

billh | Aug 21, 2005 12:21 PM

Given the positive reviews of Sura I've read both here and at citysearch, my wife and I gave it a try last night. The food was excellent. We started with the Kimchi Jon, small pancakes topped with kimchi and the Pear and Pork Delight. This was composed of alternating layers of nicely fatty, thin bbq pork and Korean pear. For our mains we shared the Stone Bowl Bibimbob with tofu and the special of the evening which was Ginseng Braised Beef with Sweet Potato. The former was served with a small bowl of pepper sauce to mix in (we used it all) and the braise was served with a bowl of either green tea or multigrain rice. Since it was our first visit we asked for half and half so we could try both. The stone bowl was a nice variation on regular bibimbop. The sizzling bowl added a tasty crisp to the rice and vegetables. Personally, I would have like a spicier condiment to go with it, but I'm probably in the minority. The braise was stellar. Their was no attempt to rush the preparation of this dish as the beef was perfectly long cooked to tenderness with just the right amount of fat left. The sauce was slightly sweet and the ginseng added a nice layer of flavor. All the dishes seemed to have been prepared with great care using top quality ingredients. We shared a bottle of soju with the meal as well. Service could not have been nicer or more helpful and the restaurant itself was extremely comfortable and nicely decorated. One minor criticism, in a place that looks this nice, with this caliber of food, lose the paper napkins and go with cloth. The only other oddity of the evening was, with the exception of one choice, the lack of any dessert. Before the one choice was even offered, we had to ask about it. Perhaps it just shows my ignorance of Korean custom because the hostess explained that "Koreans eat very fast and leave the restaurant to go elsewhere for dessert and coffee". Total price w/o tip was a modest $71 and that was mainly due to the $24.95 braised beef special. We'll definitely be returning. BTW, Sura is at 105 East 9th Street, between 3rd & 4th Ave.

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