Sushi, korean and so much more: dinner at Sonamu and Hanabi in Asiana hotel
Limitless sushi, sashimi and Korean BBQ - that tag line of Asiana's hotel alone got me hooked on to try out their new Thursday and Friday buffet (6 to 11pm priced at AED 189/- for soft drinks only), I'm glad to say I was not disappointed!
On arrival we were surprised to see that the restaurant was so packed - both the enclosed spaces (which can be booked in advance) as well as the normal seating area. These two restaurants Sonamu and Hanabi attract a large variety of Asian guests and once we started eating it was pretty clear why - authenticity!
Having lived upto its tag line both these restaurants provided us fresh seafood with really minimalistic dressing allowing the seafood to be the star of the dish!
|The saki dispenser!|
We really enjoyed the variety of the sushi (esp the california roll) and the re-filling process was quite quick so the guests didn't have to wait to serve themselves.
The prawn tempura was fried to a crisp with the coating being a light coat - easily the guests (namely me) can gobble down a few of these forgetting that this is a buffet and there is so much more left :) The chicken satay too was juicy and covered with a sticky sauce - nice!
Besides the usual, we really enjoyed the peking duck and the hot-pot station, both these dishes are a must try - what made it nice was the fact that the chef's at these stations were also really friendly and helpful. The cook for the hot-pot station left the sprouts, leaves, etc only for about 10 seconds just enough to catch the flavour but not long enough to loose its crunchiness - perfect! Great service is another reason I would be back.
Sadly the wanton's here are dry and the chicken inside had lost its moistness but I guess that's the usual dis-advantage of a buffet.
For the more adventurous (like my dining partner) there was a few dishes we hadn't tried out before but we really loved, like the octupus with sea-weed and vinegar sauce and the inari.
|The salad bar|
|The beef sprouted fry|
|Chilli calamari squid fry|
It's only fair to say based on the variety of the food that the dessert options are in as much variety as well -