Up the western end of James Street, across from Russell Square, Sura offers an extensive range of Korean influenced dishes. A relatively bland but large and open dining room is spruced up with a touch of cartoon wall art, while the service is via a buzzer on the table that produces a pretty prompt response and the food comes out quickly after orders are taken.
It is unlicensed but BYO is fine and wine glasses are on hand.
Maybe we should have made it clearer that we wanted our food to come out in stages, rather than all at once, so next time we won’t be faced with such a full table.
Anyway, I particularly enjoy Korean pancakes and the seafood variation we had was no exception – a large cake, crisply fried, filled with moist and tender seafood – squid, prawns – a few slices of chilli on top and a pleasant, zesty dipping sauce all came together to produce a very good pancake indeed.
My choice of main – and be aware even the single serve mains are extremely generous in size (no way could I finish this) was the black bean noodle stir fried seafood, extremely spicy. It was served in a wok style dish, complete with scissors to chop up the noodles. Those were well cooked in a spicy black bean sauce, and with plenty of seafood pieces throughout, along with onion and green peas. The spice level although described as extremely spicy fell a long way short of that, but we ordered chilli on the side which zipped it up a notch. All in all a pretty pleasant dish, although much too large for one person.
Similarly, my mate’s choice of rice on stir fried beef and potato noodle with black bean sauce and spicy seafood soup – another generously sized dish – plenty of rice, noodles, black bean sauce and tender beef stir fry – with a bowl of seafood soup on the side. Again, a good dish, but too much for one chap to consume.
Sura is well worth a visit if you enjoy Korean food, but it is probably best in a group where a range of dishes can be tried and maybe have a chance of getting through them, such are the size of the dishes on offer.