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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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