If you are a fan of Korean food, it is well worth driving through the hustle and bustle of Bur Dubai to reach ‘Dae Jang Kum’ restaurant, which is situated inside Royal Ascot Hotel.

After being greeted by the Korean staff, you will be shown to your table – there are plenty to choose from, including a private party room if you arrive with a big group. A welcome antithesis to the gold and gilt on the other side of Dubai, the décor and atmosphere is simple, with just the voices of other diners and the muted tones of televisions perched high up the walls as a soundtrack. But when your Kimchi arrives (an authentic dish made with vegetables and seasoning), you will be oblivious to everything else around you, as you tuck into the rich, authentic Korean flavour.

Our personal favourite was the ‘Ribs in Special Sauce’, which we chose to cook on the electric grill on our table. It came with green chilies and onions to cook along with the meat and a spicy sauce, which gave them the perfect kick. The Bulgogi (marinated barbequed meat) was also delicious, especially when mixed with the different types of Kimchi.

Language is a bit of a barrier, but if you are willing to look beyond that, you will be rewarded with an authentic, well-priced meal at a venue so good that it’s popular with Korean expats. We recommend booking a table well in advance.

Dae Jang KumRoyal Ascot Hotel
Bur Dubai
Tel: +97143558500


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