Date of review: December 23, 2013 | Reviewed by:
Located on the 18/F of Lee Theatre Plaza in Causeway Bay, Sorabol’s décor is a bit monotone with blonde wood tables and chairs and slightly darker wood paneling. Each table comes outfitted with a built-in grill for barbecuing Sorabol’s delicious meat and seafood offerings. Plates and tableware are the standard issue white ceramic versions ubiquitous in most Korean restaurants, with the restaurant’s proprietary logo stamped on each dish. As with most Korean restaurants, décor and ambience are secondary to the food – while Sorabol is great for gatherings with family or friends, it is not conducive to a romantic night out.
Grilled meat is the main attraction and Sorabol’s specialty is the wang galbi, double-size top-grade short ribs that have been marinated in the house’s special sweet soy-based sauce, the perfect balance of salty and sweet. The meat arrives still on the bone which your waitress will cut and cook for you, unless you prefer to do it yourself. Other options include marinated pork, chicken, scallops and prawns, as well as various beef options of different cuts that have not been marinated. The organic vegetable salad tossed with a dressing made with soy sauce, red pepper and sesame oil complements any of the barbecue dishes. Spice-lovers should try the booldahk (“fire chicken” in Korean), which features extremely spicy chicken sizzling on a hot stone plate. Everything is made to be shared at Sorabol and portions are generously sized. Banchan, or side dishes, include both fresh and fermented kimchi, sautéed spinach and bean sprouts and fried baby anchovies – the first set is complimentary with every meal. Do as the Koreans do and eat your meat first, then order rice or noodles to end the meal. Galbi is traditionally ended with a bowl of naengmyun, or cold buckwheat noodles, in either a clear beef broth or in a spicy red pepper sauce.
Sorabol offers traditional Korean wines including plain and flavoured soju, plum wine, and maggulli, a milky and sweet fermented rice wine. A limited selection of Chinese liquors, Japanese sake and whiskeys are also on offer.
Service at Sorabol is well-tuned and efficient. Dishes start arriving almost as soon as your order is taken, and waitresses will cook your meat for you if desired. We felt the staff struck the perfect balance of being attentive without being intrusive.
An average meal for two will cost around HK$800, a fair price for the high quality meat and array of side dishes.