Eppendorfer Weg 186 – 20253 HamburgGermany • +49 40 42918080 •

I found Imara to be surprisingly empty for a Friday night, because the Aladdin-esque vibe is actually kinda cool and the food, for the most part, is very good. It’s also a great place for large parties, particularly on short notice, primarily because few people know about it, I suppose?

On the flipside, I’m guessing the reason it’s so empty is the service- painfully slow on the drinks, yet painfully fast when it comes to the tapas- like eat or die fast! So, don’t be fooled by the size of the ginormous tables, because they disappear beneath an army of plates faster than you can say dankeshen.

The best things IMNSHO are the spicy shrimp (so good we ordered seconds… and thirds… and fourths… and I’m not exaggerating). Other crowd pleasers were the bacon wrapped dates and plum, the spinach rolls and the lamb rolls with yogurt sauce. I also dug the mini lamb tagines, forgiving the fact they weren’t served covered.

Misses for me were the horribly dry lamb kebabs and the lame bread with tapenade.

Lastly, I would feel remiss if I didn’t at least mention the bizarre urinal situation. And trust me, it’s not lost on me that this is the second time I’ve brought up urinals in my reviews of Hamburg restaurants alone, but bare with, because it’s worth it. You see, regardless of the fact that there are three urinals, you basically have to go one at a time unless you like touching strangers while you pee, because they are tightly nestled into a corner, so closely together that you’d have to be thinner than Trump’s alibi with Stormy Daniels to not be rubbing shoulder to shoulder with the dude next to you. Now THIS must be the real reason why the place is so empty!

Myong Gourmet

487 Main St. Mount Kisco, NY 10549 • (914) 241-6333 •

Why is it that any time a place has the word “gourmet” in the name it seldom is? Well, not for a lack of trying, Myong has its gourmet moments, but more often than not, it falls short. And while there is something about this place that makes it hard to hate it, there is also plenty to make it just as hard to love. In fact, almost everything here is a dichotomy of elements.

For example the service is very friendly, but painfully slow. The food is good, but the decor is woefully reminiscent of an airport restaurant.

In a vacuum, the food alone would be 3 knives. We had the spicy shrimp app- which is VERY spicy. Fortunately I have a high tolerance for such heat, but the wife couldn’t even eat it. That said, she loved her roasted red pepper soup, lucky for me.

As for mains, both were good, but not great. I had the fried chicken, which they said was spicy, but after the shrimp, I don’t even think lava would’ve been considered “hot.” The wife had the Bi Bim Bap, which had gotten a shout out in reviews as being an inventive twist. Not sure what that twist was, as it tasted pretty much like any other BBB we’d ever had. Not bad. Just not special either.

The big issue being that it took 45 minutes to deliver our entrees from the time they cleared our apps.
So the lesson to be learned… Take out. No bad decor. No slow service. Just good food.

P.S. I went here a second time as a guest of the manager, so they knew they needed to up their game, and yet for some reason, they still couldn’t stick the landing. This time the service was amazing (shocker), but the food was very underwhelming. Oh well, at least I got an amazing restaurant tip from the manager. If you haven’t been, Azuma in Hartsdale is wonderful.

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