Introducing real Korean
Although the menu here is divided into starters, side
dishes, soups and barbecue, feel free to select dishes
from any and all sections. A Korean meal comprises a
variety of different dishes all served together, so
it¡¯s perfectly acceptable to have a dish from the starter
section as well as soup.
Korean dining is communal. The Koreans love to eat together,
so most dishes are meant to be shared between several
people. This is seen as a way of creating harmony and
promoting good social relationships.
NB Dishes denoted V are meat free but may contain fish.
Please note that a beef stock may be used in tofu dishes,
but please feel free to discuss your meat-free requirements
with the chef. VA denotes vegetarian option available.
SOME NOTES on how to order
A Korean meal is divided into three broad categories
? ¡°Jonchae ¡°, or appetizers; ¡°Yori¡±,
or main dishes; and ¡°Banchan¡±, or side
dishes. In addition there is always rice - considered
the basis of every meal.
However, the different dishes are not eaten in sequence
as in a western meal, but are normally served and eaten
all at the same time (except for desserts). Soup too
is taken alongside the other dishes, and each dish is
served in its own individual bowl or plate.
When there is more than one person at the table, the
food is served ¡®family style¡¯ in large bowls for sharing.
In general a basic meal comprises several dishes: one
or two appetizers, a main dish and two or more side
dishes. You can eat these separately or all together,
however you like, although ¡°banchan,¡± or side dishes,
are really designed to be eaten alongside main dishes.
Just feel free to choose whatever you fancy ? there
are no hard and fast rules ? other than to enjoy yourself!