Restaurant Review: Sonamu, Asiana Hotel, Dubai

A true to its roots Korean spot that takes you on an enticing culinary journey
“Kimchi is synonymous
with Korean food so opt for
a kimchi pancake and it’s
the perfect introduction to
the contrasting yet balanced
flavours and textures
inherent to the cuisine”
“Kimchi is synonymous with Korean food so opt for a kimchi pancake and it’s the perfect introduction to the contrasting yet balanced flavours and textures inherent to the cuisine”
Sonamu, Asiana Hotel, Dubai
Sonamu, Asiana Hotel, Dubai
“Kimchi is synonymous
with Korean food so opt for
a kimchi pancake and it’s
the perfect introduction to
the contrasting yet balanced
flavours and textures
inherent to the cuisine”
Sonamu, Asiana Hotel, Dubai

Location: Asiana Hotel
Tel: 04 238 7777
Web: www.asianahoteldubai.com/en/
Dress code: Casual
Cuisine: Korean
Times: 6.30am to 10am, 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, daily
Price range: $$

With its hanging lanterns and earthy colour palette, Sonamu is a tranquil setting in a surprisingly elegant hotel set among the hustle and bustle of old town Deira. Head for the upper level of the dining area and settle down into a recessed table complete with an inbuilt barbeque. Korean food is designed to be interactive and to share, something Sonamu’s staff will guide you through with informed recommendations for your menu choices. Without asking, a flurry of little bowls arrives at the table featuring various vegetables, the tangy pickled shiitake and onions is a favourite. Kimchi is synonymous with Korean food so opt for a kimchi pancake and it’s the perfect introduction to the contrasting yet balanced flavours and textures inherent to the cuisine. A hot pot is a must; packed with a generous serving of vegetables, herbs and seafood floating in a spicy broth. You can’t leave without trying the marinated short rib that’s cooked at your table and emerges impossibly tender with a sweet aftertaste. The bibimbap completes your Korean experience – it’s a rice dish featuring seven vegetables, meat and pulled altogether by a raw egg. For an interactive meal that’s ideal for sharing and as authentically Korean as it gets, Sonamu is a one-of-a-kind restaurant.

On the Menu
APPETISERS
Kimchi jeon, kimchi pancake with pork, Dhs55
Seasonal salad with fried squid, Dhs40

MAINS
Seafood jungol (hot pot for two) with onion, mushrooms, squash, leek and bean curd, Dhs130
Marinated short rib, Dhs95

DESSERTS
Chap ssal dduk – Korean rice cake, Dhs32
Ho dduk – Korean cinnamon pancake, Dhs32