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This simple but distinctly Asian-looking venue is neatly separated into secluded corners, from closed-off private dining rooms to tables that are cleverly sectioned off from each other by a maze of dark wooden panelling. Cosy and intimate as this is, it makes the rest of the decor seem disproportionately bleak and it's difficult to assess how busy the restaurant is. Tables are equipped with buzzers to call for service, the novelty of which is immense, but onto the food. The beef bibimbap doesn’t contain a huge amount of beef, but is infinitely less greasy than other versions we’ve tried, with gooey chunks of egg caught between the rice, and plenty of crisp vegetable. The yuk hoe (raw marinated beef) is one of the most exciting food experiences we’ve had in some time. It's served with huge slices of raw garlic – which rob the dish of any other flavour. Without the garlic, it’s divine, with the deep red, tender strips of beef, the delicate and crisp sweetness of nashi pear and the freshness and crunch of cucumber. Koreana is a hidden gem in the truest sense.
Open daily 11.30am-3.30pm, 6pm-11pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, near Ibis Al Barsha, behind Hacker Kitchens (04 392 9918).

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Posted by: Tom on 04 Jul ' 12 at 19:37

PERFECT if you want to lose weight by making your inner world public. You are better off at Golden Fork around the corner. Food hardly had any meat, and the rice with squid had only ONE squid on it.

Posted by: Technick on 26 Aug ' 11 at 10:51
  • Best for: Family friendly

Excellent food and service. Very authentic. I am a huge fan of Korean food and would say I am an excellent judge of its quality and authenticity, and in judging Koreana, would highly recommend it to all Korean food lovers. Hmm, might go tonight!

Posted by: sy on 18 Apr ' 11 at 06:19
  • Best for: Family friendly

i was there over the weekend with my fiancée. I am a huge fan of Korean food and this place doesn't disappoint me at all.

We ordered Japchae, soondae and naeng myong for dinner. I was very surprise to find them serving soondae and its my favourite Korean food all time. Japchae is a bit oily but it taste wonderful as well.

nevertheless, the food are pretty pricey considering, 2 out of the 3 were non-meat meals. We spent close to 300 dirhams that night.

Posted by: Liz Jones on 27 Jan ' 11 at 11:34
  • Best for: Family friendly

Wonderful Korean food, just as delicious as anything I ate during my time in Korea. Totally authentic. I had Duenjang-jjige and Kimchi pajon, plus a miriad of delicious and freshly prepared side dishes. Proprietress was wonderful and friendly and sat chatting to me as I ate. Will definitely be heading back there again. One of the little slices of real Korea that you can find in Dubai

Posted by: Annabell on 05 Oct ' 10 at 09:32
  • Best for: Business lunch

As my mother is from South Korea I know how authentic Korean food tastes like. The food at Koreana is definitely authentic and the quality is very good. I have been to the restaurant a few times, the Korean BBQ is always very good. I could also recommend the soups and stews. The staff and the owners are always very polite and friendly. Once, they forgot to bring the soft drinks but other than that there was nothing to complain about. The food is served very quick, just as in Korea. The restaurant is good for business lunch, a date or a dinner with friends.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 03 May ' 10 at 17:45
  • Best for: Business lunch

Had a refreshingly different and enjoyable meal last night. We ordered 3 different set menu, which was advertised for Dhs. 40 and which has further been reduced to Dhs.35. Also ordered grilled ribs which cost Dhs.70.
There was the standard 4 dishes of condiments brought before the dinner is served.The set meal includes soup, rice/noodles with vegetables and salads, choice of meat dish, juice and to finish off, some fruit, all neatly served. My wife commented that it was a wholesome meal. One of the set meal consisted of tempura and dumpling which I found quite bland. The grilled rib which are mostly thin-cut slices comes with dips and lots of lettuce to wrap the meat.
The privacy the cubicles afford are good for families wanting to have a quiet dinner as also for businness meals and for romantic twosomes but not for those who have come out to see and be seen.
The staff though sweet told us on entering the restaurant at 10.45 PM that they would close at 11.30 which prompted me to joke if we would have to leave the food behind and go. Somehow, the reaction suggested that that is what they would like to do even if they actually don't. The place rarely has a few customers which I know because I work right next to it.
Be warned, they showed us 3 different menu cards. One was the individually priced food items which seems expensive. Then the other is mostly of set set meal and bento box meals. The last was the promotional set food from which we ordered 3 meals.

Posted by: Maarten Elffers on 11 Jan ' 10 at 09:23
  • Best for: Business lunch

The authenticity and the freshness of the food in this restaurant are absolutely fabulous. Especially the lovers of raw meat and raw fish dishes will adore this place.
Guests are seated in - Korean style - private rooms, so you actually don't see much of the restaurant itself. Excellent for business luches and dinners, maybe even for family meals. If you want to see and be seen, this is not your spot. Korean food lovers, this is the new top spot in Dubai.


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