Naru is the Korean word for a ferry crossing, which is traditionally a place where people come together and relax. This is exactly the experience that the owners of the Naru Restaurant have set out to create for their customers, in their intimate hideaway which genuinely has the feel of a street-side diner in Seoul. Softly lit with atmospheric paper lanterns, it has pale wood and cream walls decorated with Hangul (Korean alphabet) calligraphy, and modern Korean music plays in the background.
Unlike some Korean restaurants, Naru doesn’t have table-top barbecues – instead, the meat or seafood is grilled in the kitchen, and brought to the table in a portable brazier, where it continues to cook in its mouthwatering savoury juices. A signature dish is dolsot bi bim bap, a rice dish in a hot stone bowl, topped with sautéed vegetables and soybean paste, plus egg and beef – the heat of the bowl gives the rice a delicious crispy texture. Other favourite dishes include the o jing a bok kum – fried calamari and vegetables sautéed in a spicy honey sauce – and boluji, a delicious dish of beef slow-cooked in a Korean sauce.
Korean food is known for its healthy qualities, and Naru’s exquisitely presented food is cooked to retain its nutritional value as well as its flavour. Korean beer is available, but green tea will keep the healthy agenda going – and it’s delicious too.
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