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Suragan/
Ebisu: Korean
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Although Suragan
serves authentic
Korean cuisine, the
stylish decor and
all-black color
scheme might make
you think you'd
wandered into a
trendy California-
style restaurant by
mistake. Bottles of
homemade Korean
fruit shochu are
displayed perfectly
to shine like lan-
terns in the dim
light. The aroma of
grilled meats greets
you, but there's no
smoke wafting from
the tables. The
dining area is spa-
cious, with Korean
pop playing in the
background, and
there's outdoor
terrace seating in
the summertime.

The specialty of the
house here is bulgo-
gi, a traditional
Korean marinated and
grilled meat dish.
Before you start on
the main course,
though, we recommend
trying the chijimi -
a Korean-style pan-
cake. Although this
is a popular dish in
Korean restaurants,
Suragan's version is
unique - it's pre-
pared with soybeans
and corn, served in
a hot steel plate
and cut up with a
pair of scissors. As
well as its wonder-
ful flavor, we loved
its texture - crispy
on the outside and
soft inside. It goes
very well with a
cold draft beer.

Other starters in-
clude assorted kim-
chi and Korean-style
sashimi. We were
impressed by the
homemade kimchi's
distinctive sour
flavor, and our raw
bonito went perfect-
ly well with the hot
miso paste it was
served with.

Bulgogi at Suragan
comes in both beef
and pork versions.
Personally we prefer
the pork, which is
on the spicier side,
while the beef tends
to be sweeter. The
pork is cooked on a
hot metal grill set
into your table,
along with mounds of
bean sprouts, sliced
onions, leeks and
kimchi. The cooked
meat and vegetables
are then wrapped in
lettuce leaves. The
balance of flavor
between the sourness
of the kimchi and
the sweet sauteed
onions and bean
sprouts is quite
additctive.

Matching the excel-
lent food here is an
impressive drink
menu. You can choose
from a wide list of
California and
French wines - many
served by the de-
canter - as well as
champagne by the
glass. Although we
usually order beer,
shochu or makkoli at
Korean restaurants
it's interesting to
explore wines that
can be paired with
spicy Korean foods.
Wines start from
Y735/glass, Y2100/
decanter and Y4200/
bottle. Also worth
trying are the Kore-
an fruit shochus
displayed at the
entrance; there are
ten varieties such
as mango, pineapple
and mandarin orange.


The service at Sura-
gan is excellent,
and the attentive
manner of the staff
reminds of the ser-
vices at high-end
resort restaurants
in Bali and Thai-
land. Visiting this
restaurant with a
group of four or
more would be recom-
mended if you want
to try two or more
different bulgogi.
Budget around Y5000
for dinner with a
few drinks; prix-
fixe menus start at
Y3675. By the way,
Suragan means
"king's dinner ta-
ble" in Korean.
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Shibuya-ku, Ebisu
4-3-1, Quiz Ebisu
Bldg B1-A. [in the
basement of the
building next to the
taxi terminal out-
side the east exit
of JR Ebisu]
 Open 5pm-midnight
(LO) daily.
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