So this is the last of my Bristol articles. As you probably know by now, I went down to Bristol to celebrate my friend’s graduation from the University of Bristol. While there we went to the restaurant that she worked at while at uni, it’s called Surakhan and its won the ‘Best Asian’ in Bristol Good Food Awards in both 2012 and in 2013 – so you know it’s good already!
I’ll start with the décor. While I don’t know much about what authentic Korean decoration is, I kind of know that this isn’t it. I do think the interior is lovely though. The walls are a calm and welcoming yellow (very relaxing) and there are pieces of modern art scattered throughout.
The touches I most loved though were the tea candles placed artfully on the banisters and the fairy lights going up the columns. The booths are really spacious and clean too so it’s a great place to stay for a long meal.
Another touch I loved was the visible kitchen. I’m quite germaphobic so sometimes going to restaurants makes me very paranoid but I could see everything the chef was doing and it settled any thoughts I could have had.
So because the food in Surakhan is genuinely authentic Korean food, and the menu reflected that, I had to get my friend to order for me, but I do know that the waiters/waitresses would have been more than happy to help me decipher the menu and order. You can check out the menus here.
We had a selection of starters so I could get the chance to try a bit of lots of things. My favourite were the chicken legs but the pancakes were lovely. So from left to right we had Yangneom Chicken which is fried chicken drumsticks in a garlic and pepper sauce as well as some in a chilli sauce. I didn’t find the chilli spicy at all but it still tasted amazing!!! I could happily eat a meal of those anyway 😀 In the middle me had Kimchijeon which is a kimchi pancake, I’ll admit they are a bit of an acquired taste and I’m not sure they’re quite mine but they were still really lovely. Lastly there was Jochae, on the far right, that was a simple dish of noodles and vegetables. As long as you like glass noodles, you’ll like this dish too.
All the main dishes came to the table in a lovely arrangement of visible vegetables around the side and a fried egg on tip, it looked really quite lovely and smelled divine! Then the waitress shredded up the egg and mixed it all in so all we needed to do is serve it up ourselves.
This dish was called BBQ pork bibimbap and it was really lovely. Again slightly unusual and not a flavour combination that I normally experience but something I would have no problem eating again.
We accompanied it with Dwaeji-galbi dolsot-bibimbap which is basically a sizzling stone pot with BBQ pork. It was near enough the same dish as the other one but this one was hot and the other one was cold.
As a side dish we had Tteokgalbi which was just BBQ beef but it was very succulent and near enough melted in my mouth!
Overall I was very, very impressed with Surakhan and if I go back to Bristol I’ll try and make sure I eat here again!