North Korean restaurant - Pyongyang Okryu-gwan, Dubai
|Korea's contribution to the world of cutlery - metal chopsticks.|
North Korean cuisine is very similar to South Korean cuisine with a few dishes which are unique to both countries. But yes, the typical dishes you would find in a South Korean restaurant are here too: bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables and raw egg) , BBQ bulgogi wrapped in lettuce leaves, jeon ( savory pancake and its variations) and of course kimchi.
Firstly, the sense of mystery started when I called for directions again - I am clueless at remembering these things. I was asked which country I was from. Interesting I thought. How often has that happened to you? It really seems shrouded in secrecy, making it even more alluring.
|Pine nut porridge.|
Once you get close to the restaurant and see it in front of you, in retrospect you think, that it is not that hard to find. We were greeted at the door in that typical North East Asian pomp and ceremonial manner, and yet it was different. The thing that will strike you about the waitresses is the level of grace that they exude. Imagine stepping into an Audrey Hepburn movie where she is North Korean - that is the grace I am referring to. They are dressed in traditional North Korean dress very similar to the South Korean hanbok, known as choson-ot. Elegant. Because it is quite hot, some were dressed in smart two piece office style uniforms.
|The waitresses are dressed in the chosot-on as in the pic. (not the waitresses - pic used to show the dress)|
|Set lunch box|
|Omurice or omelette rice.|
Pyongyang Okyru-gwan is an enriching way to enjoy good food and get a slice of rich and equally enthralling culture. The food is as authentic as it comes, as there is a North Korean chef in the kitchen. If you enjoy Korean food, you will enjoy it here too. But forget about the food. This is a wonderful surreal experience that you have to try. Surreal, but very nice.
The low down
04 298 1589
Meal for 3 about 200Dhs.