So... North Korea then

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Or rather, the new(ish) North Korean restaurant in Deira.

The food is actually pretty good. Quite different in taste to South Korean, even though they are the same dishes.

Very cute waiting staff, both in terms of their very welcoming manner and their appearance. Wife and waitress were joking around together like old friends, albeit the waitress was being very respectful (I was able to make out the odd word).

The art on the wall was amazing. The huge TV broadcasting pictures of fish (?!) just a bit odd.

Not sure how I feel about effectively putting hard currency into Kim's hands, mind you.
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Or rather, the new(ish) North Korean restaurant in Deira.
...and its name, address and pricing stratagy are?
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...and its name, address and pricing stratagy are?
http://www.npr.org/2010/12/31/132491...of-north-korea

Let google be your friend :-)
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Originally Posted by typical View Post
Or rather, the new(ish) North Korean restaurant in Deira.

The food is actually pretty good. Quite different in taste to South Korean, even though they are the same dishes.

Very cute waiting staff, both in terms of their very welcoming manner and their appearance. Wife and waitress were joking around together like old friends, albeit the waitress was being very respectful (I was able to make out the odd word).

The art on the wall was amazing. The huge TV broadcasting pictures of fish (?!) just a bit odd.

Not sure how I feel about effectively putting hard currency into Kim's hands, mind you.
Am surprised to hear about this given that half of North Korea is starving and there are reports of cannibalism in some areas...
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...and its name, address and pricing stratagy are?
Okryugwan, Business Village (next to the Clock Tower Roundabout).

It's more expensive than the South Korean restaurant above Safestway, but hard to compare. We spent 130 for lunch.
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Am surprised to hear about this given that half of North Korea is starving and there are reports of cannibalism in some areas...
These restaurants are an essential source of hard currency for the regime, by all accounts. But yes, the news out of there doesn't sound good.
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Okryugwan, Business Village (next to the Clock Tower Roundabout).It's more expensive than the South Korean restaurant above Safestway, but hard to compare. We spent 130 for lunch.
Thanks but I tend to avoid Deira at most times of the day simply because of car parking issues. So is the one above Safestway any good? That's on SZR I believe.
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Thanks but I tend to avoid Deira at most times of the day simply because of car parking issues. So is the one above Safestway any good? That's on SZR I believe.
There was heaps of parking outside on Friday lunchtime.

Anyway, as South Korean restaurants go I think it's a toss-up between the one at Safestway and the two at Satwa (I prefer the jjige at Safestway). Safestway is of course by far the easiest to park at.

The one at the Ascot Hotel was pretty nice but pricier. Not tried the one at the Ramada.
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These restaurants are an essential source of hard currency for the regime, by all accounts. But yes, the news out of there doesn't sound good.
Fantastic, so if I eat there some of my cash will be buying shells to rain down on the south, contribute to the Kim Jong-il fresh lobster fund and likely help them dig better bunkers to protect their nuclear weapons!

I think I'll stick to South Korean food

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Be astounded by these pics of North Korea and its happy people

http://www.mrlevek.com/northkorea.htm
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Fantastic, so if I eat there some of my cash will be buying shells to rain down on the south, contribute to the Kim Jong-il fresh lobster fund and likely help them dig better bunkers to protect their nuclear weapons!
It is not THAT expensive!

Weigh that against the fact it allows North Koreans to get out of their country and see a very different side of things. Can't imagine what landing in a paean to capitalism like Dubai must be like...
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I went to Pyongyang last year.

I struggled with the food but that was just because of the type of food and not the quality (im fussy)

I will go into this place as im curious though.
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It is not THAT expensive!

Weigh that against the fact it allows North Koreans to get out of their country and see a very different side of things. Can't imagine what landing in a paean to capitalism like Dubai must be like...
I wouldn't want a single fil of mine finding it's way back to that looney bin. The sooner China ends support for Kim and let's the South take it back the better. Or even better China should invade the North and finish the madness...
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