New Korean Restaurant - Sura
I wanted to let you know about a great new Korean restaurant in our area - Sura Korean Restaurant - 2320 4 St. NW in Calgary. It replaces the eminently forgetable Olive Garden (or some name like that) but the street signs for the old resto are still up. Good parking lot, by the way, and very nicely decorated inside with linen tablecloths, not necessarily a wise choice when Westerners eat with chopsticks.
We haven't yet tried their $10 lunch special but it looks like a lot of food for the money. However we have eaten twice at supper and both times found the food and service exceptional. They give 7 or 8 side dishes and not only your standard kimchi, bean sprouts, etc. Every dish was delicious and different from the others. The main courses were colourful, well presented, generous servings and very tasty. Warning -- when they say spicy, they mean it!
The menu ranges from bi-bim-bap at $11 or bulgogis starting at $13 to an assortment of hotpots for two in the $24 to $32 range, a bit pricy for us but we're cheap. There are some dishes I've never seen before in Calgary, such as Spicy & Sour Skate-Wing platter (for sharing as an appetizer) and a whole chicken cooked in ginseng, dates and something I can't remember for $22 which we will try the next time we go.
re: John Manzo
The prices are on par with Victoria prices, but they are quite high compared to Vancouver and Toronto.... I doubt the portion is the reason for the extra 3 or 4 bucks per dish they're charging since stone bowls are generally about the same size.
The whole chicken dish that clibbob is referring to is called samgyetang. It's a whole cornish hen that comes bubbling in a hot pot to your table. It's supposed to be pretty
healthy with the whole ginseng root, garlic clove, jujube and sticky rice stuffed inside the chicken.
I had been wanting to try this place out for a while since it opened, but never got around to it until this past week. Decor is nice and service is really good. The owner, or the person I was guessing to be the owner, was really friendly and came around to see how people were doing. It was a Friday night after work and the place was packed.
We ordered the haemul pajeon (seafood pancake) as an appetizer. Probably the fluffiest thickest pajeon I ever had, which is not a good thing. Not enough seafood and green onion, too much batter!
A coworker ordered the sura jjampong, which is like a monster sized jjampong (~$17) and another ordered a seafood noodle dish, that I cant' remember the name of. They were both ok with the dishes. The sura jjampong looked like it was a deadly red hot soup, but he enjoyed it.
I shared gamjatang (potato pork bone soup), which comes on a table burner. Good portion... 4 big pork bone chunks and glass noodles with some lettuce, green onion, onion, and a little bit of enoki mushroom. It was pretty good, just spicy enough, though I'm used to having a very garlicky gamjatang and this didn't seem to have any garlic in it.
Overall, Sura is not a bad choice for satisfying your craving for Korean food :)