From the 1400-block of Robson St on and around onto Denman and Davie Sts, you'll find a smorgasbord of authentic Korean and Japanese eateries. A cut above its ESL-student-luring siblings, slick Sura offers awesome Korean comfort dishes in a cosy, bistrolike setting. Try the spicy beef soup, kimchi pancakes and excellent bibimbap: beef, veggies and a still-cooking egg in a hot stone bowl.
The set-course lunches ($15 or $20; two-person minimum order) are a great deal if you want to try as many flavors as possible; each comes with lots of little plates to dip into. Reservations not accepted. Some free parking is available.