Situated on the corner of Murray Street and Ariapita Avenue, SONATA KOREAN RESTAURANT is a no-frills spot delivering authentic Korean dishes and a fun tableside grill experience.
We recently trekked to SONATA on a weeknight and were pleasantly surprised to have the restaurant and Gabriela, the chef/waitress, all to ourselves. On our last few visits, it’s been all about the lovely Gimbap — the Korean version of sushi except the rice is lightly-seasoned with sesame oil and there’s no raw fish involved.
This time we decided to change it up and enjoy a full meal at SONATA. We started with a fresh salad and the classic Bibimbap, which turned out to be the most texturally interesting and flavourful rice bowl that we’ve ever had. (Bibim=mixed and bap=rice).
Gabriela explained that the sticky white rice was the base in Bibimbap, vegetables and a fried egg were added and then it was finished off with a hefty dollop of spicy red sauce. Once our chopsticks were poised and ready, Gabriela added the sauce and “bibimed” it all together with a long-handled spoon, and then we attacked our bowls of Bibimbap.
Next up was the live Korean BBQ experience via the built-in grilling stations at every table. We chose the Sirloin Steak, quickly grilling it tableside and at Gabriela’s suggestion reluctantly dipped it in a sesame oil (seasoned with salt and pepper). After that first tentative dip, we were sold on this seasoned sesame oil and steak combination. The steak and the other grilled/BBQ entrees are served with the sticky rice and five small sides including kimchi, steamed watercress and an intensely flavourful deep-fried seaweed.
We’ll be back to try the Spare Ribs and the Pork Belly (both are grilled tableside). In the meantime, we hope you get to check out SONATA KOREAN RESTAURANT. It’s a nice group dining spot with the built-in grilling stations and Gabriela does a wonderful job explaining the food and how the dishes and sides should be paired together.
Cuisine - Korean
Address/Phone/Facebook Page - # 34 Murray Street, Woodbrook, Trinidad; (868) 628-1237; Sonata Korean Restaurant’s Facebook Page.
Serving/Hours – Lunch & Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 10am-10:30pm including Sundays and public holidays.
Features/Good to Know - Full service; Full bar; Link to menu on Facebook; Lunch specials are available Monday to Saturday, 10:30 am-3:30pm (see the lunch special list for more details (link)).
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