Best Korean 2010

Gold: Hanwoori

Silver: Sura Korean Cuisine
Bronze: Seoul House Royal
Honourable Mention: Jang Mo Jib
Honourable Mention: Insadong Korean Restaurant

Hanwoori takes Gold for top-flight Korean fare. Expats flock for homey dishes like jeyuk bossam—thin strips of tender pork belly wrapped in cabbage leaves with oyster-studded kimchi—and pajeon, a seafood-scallion pancake pan-fried to perfection. Silver goes to Sura for “injecting much-needed sophistication into the Robson street Korean scene.” “Bulgogi bibimbap—a hot stone bowl filled with rice, shredded vegetables, seaweed strips, barbecued beef, and a glistening egg yolk—satisfies in spades.” Venerable Seoul House Royal wins Bronze; Honorable Mentions to Jang Mo Jib (“the original Robson Street student hangout that makes a killer spicy pork rib hot pot”) and Insadong (“where Korean families gather for giant seafood hot pots”).