Hyu Korean Restaurant

Oud Metha venue that's full of Korean expats 19 Reviews

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For the record, the chef at Hyu is Korean. As is the manager, the waitresses and the customers. In fact, if you’re not Korean, it’s likely you’ll be the only non-Korean eating in this restaurant on any given night. This is a good thing, since the food is wonderfully authentic. Start with ever-so-sweet pumpkin purée, spinach with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, chicken frankfurters, onions and peppers marinated in a sticky sweet-and-sour sauce, and angry red kimchi. Once you’re done with these starters, a hot plate will be brought to the table and the waitress will start barbecuing choice cuts of marinated tenderloin, which can be eaten with cool lettuce before you start on a plate of glass noodles (made from powdered sweet potatoes) or the bibimbap (a sizzling stone bowl brimming with yellow rice, beef and sautéed vegetables, illuminated with red gochujang). It doesn’t take long to realise that Korean people eat at Hyu not simply because it’s authentic, but because it’s excellent as well.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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Details

  • Location: Oud Metha, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 334 4294
  • Travel: Oud Metha Road
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Times: Open daily 11am-3pm (last orders 2.30pm), 5pm-11pm (last orders 10.30pm)
  • Price: Dhs50-200

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Disappointed seafood lover on 31 Dec ' 13 at 17:10
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

went there based on the comments of the others, but was not too impressed, ingredients are not fresh. Very friendly staff, not all Korean but very very nice and helpful. The food seem not up to standard compared to our Korean restaurants we know. it's just the taste that did not impressed us - just no wow effect. For the money it makes more sense to go for Indian food or to another place. Maybe place was better when big Korean construction companies were active in Dubai.

Posted by: emma on 19 Sep ' 13 at 16:32
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This restaurant is the best, I really enjoyed it.

Posted by: Kat on 28 Aug ' 13 at 04:34
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We went there last night for a late dinner with my family. Weve been to several so called Korean restos here in UAE even the one in a 5 star hotel and paid a ridiculous overpriced bill and the side dishes are the only thing ull see on our table and a whole cow they said on the menu but its just a small parts of beef for grilling. But at HyU, we had everything from seafood pancakes,seafood caserole,kimbap, and short ribs for grilling and we all went home with the biggest smile and satisfaction. plus, the waitresses and the owner are very friendly and accommodating! I just hope that theyll extend their last order timing from 10:30 pm to a later time so we wont be in a hurry. To sum it up, best authentic korean food in middle east!

Posted by: zairie on 06 Aug ' 13 at 08:39
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The taste of food were great! The staff are koreans as well. their place is not crowded specially for of parking. I will visit this again!

Posted by: Kyung-sun on 12 Jul ' 13 at 18:39
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I really liked the service of the staff, and the food and value was at a fair level. I also like the Korean shows and music! I also really like the taste of the food, and I thought it was good when I went there for the first time.

Posted by: Moses on 20 Mar ' 13 at 19:12
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

The food is spot on! I've been to Seoul and I could honestly say that it is better than the food I had there!!! A bit of an exaggeration I know, but that's my opinion. The decor isn't really appealing but that's not an issue at all. The staff were really nice but were not around all the time when we needed them. There was a group of Korean men who were smoking while having their meal! I was shocked! That might be the only downside of the evening. Despite of this, I'd certainly go again because I loved the food. A true Korean cuisine experience.

Posted by: Michael on 21 Feb ' 13 at 06:20
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My wife and I are big fans of Korean food. We live in Al Ain but drive to Dubai at least twice a month just to eat at Hyu Korean restaurant. Yes, it is that good! The staff are extremely friendly and treat us like family. The food is about as good as you can get outside of Seoul (the Chicken Kalbi hits the spot).

During the week there is a buffet style lunch which is set up for the LG staff which I assume has its Dubai headquarters nearby. This lunch may not be to everyone's taste and is a little bit on the expensive side. However, it takes me back to the days when I ate at the student canteen at Seoul's Yonsei University while attending courses there. I love it!

Posted by: Al on 01 Dec ' 12 at 20:46
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

nice food, very tasty, and not overpriced.

Posted by: nikolete_224 on 21 Nov ' 12 at 04:49
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We reserved a table for 6 and was surprised that they actually booked us a private room :-)
Very much enjoyed all the food as we really love Korean food. The authenticity is just great and everybody was very accommodating with all our requests and questions.
Will definitely come back!!!!! Love it!!!!

Posted by: Jane on 16 Oct ' 12 at 08:21
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Im gonna go back to this restaurant. The food is great and korean waiters are friendly.

Posted by: Tatjana on 13 Apr ' 12 at 17:57
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food, great prices...we loved it!

Posted by: karissa on 14 Feb ' 12 at 07:09
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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They have 2 rooms with 2 big tables(6pax) in each. When we ate there, we were seated inside one room. It is really cozy, you feel like you're really eating in a restaurant in Korea. There's not much of noise which is great 'cause we hate eating with a noisy ambiance. Outside the room, there are lots of table but I don't really wanna be seated there even though there's a TV wherein you can watch Korean shows.

Service:
GREAT! All their staff are very nice and accommodating. It is one of the great thing about this restaurant.

Food:
Very nice. I love the food. The chef is Korean so the food is surely authentic.

Ambiance:
Not much to comment about.

Value:
*Our bill (2 people):
1 x Bibimbap - 50
1 x Bulgogi - 50
1 x Tteokbokki - 50
2 x Patbingsoo - FREE
1 x Large Water - 5
Lots of side dishes - FREE
Total = 155
Large serving for each dish so value for money is great.

Location:
Very near Oud Metha Metro Station.

This is restaurant is highly recommended to everyone who loves eating Korean food.

Posted by: Carinne on 09 Dec ' 11 at 20:28
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing surprise in the middle of nowhere behind Oud Metha Rd. Warm welcoming, excellent food, the BBQ is just perfect. I've just spent the evening there with the kids, I would definitely come back ! Thanks Time Out for the wise recommendation ;-)

Posted by: Jo on 05 Dec ' 11 at 19:45
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Just great ! Love the Food and the Service. Authentic Korean, friendly staff, excellent value ! Definitely going back !

Posted by: HC on 18 Nov ' 11 at 18:21
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Korean food I ever tasted in the UAE.

Friendly service and one of the few that you won't feel bad tipping.

Food wise, fresh and tasty...

Posted by: Sanghee Lee on 03 Jul ' 11 at 09:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Absolutely Phenominal!

Posted by: Aydin on 22 Jun ' 11 at 19:37
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food!
Excellent service!
Friendly staff!

Posted by: Bianca on 18 Jun ' 11 at 06:45

After reading the review from the TimeOut Magazine, I felt that I need to go to this restaurant. I had only tried eating Korean food once in my life and that was a year ago. I also asked my friend to read the review and we both decided to try out this restaurant.

As we are not really familiar with the Oud Metha Road, we decided to take a taxi from Karama Metro Station. We only had the feeling that the restaurant is located behind St. Mary's Church and so we asked the driver to bring us there. As the sun is setting, we had a harder time looking for the place. We called the restaurant and asked for directions and relayed it to the driver, but the thing is that the directions given was supposed to be for people coming from the other side. It was also our fault that we didn't specify our exact location at that time. So it was then decided that a driver will pick us up from the Lamcy Plaza. From there going to the restaurant, we found out that the restaurant is located behind the church!

When we reached the place, we received a warm welcome from the staff (we're even thinking that the man who drove us and the lady in the cashier are the owners). The lady even thanked us for not giving up in trying to look for the place, but I thanked her even more for providing us with the pick-up service. As she guided us on the way to our table, the servers who assisted us were very friendly and very patient with us when we were asking for brief explanations about the food. We ordered Japchae, Kimbap, Bulgogi and 1 large bottle of water. The food were good and very satisfying. Actually everything that we ordered were good for 3 persons (not to mention the 'free bottomless' starters), and the total bill is for only AED 130 (excluding service, and they did not charge us for the pick-up).

We really had a good 'Korean' experience in this restaurant as we got to feel a bit of the Korean culture (not to mention the TV was tuned in a Korean channel, and I'm not complaining because I'm a fan of Korean dramas!). I'm actually very happy that I got to visit this place and I will definitely come back again to try more food and to be happily welcomed once again.

Posted by: bart on 13 May ' 11 at 16:12
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Lovely if you like authentic. Friendly people, good food, I loved it

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