Maybe I'm Naive •
27 Dec 2011 • 279 reviews • 44 followers
Must apologize for the lack of photos as my camera batt went off and only manage to take a couple with some in "blackness" as the flash was not working! Paiseh.
Came here for the buffet lunch today. Though this was not my first time trying Korean BBQ, I thought this one was more typical and authentic than those visited in the past.
I think to some extent I do agree with the previous reviewers that generally at $19.80 (they do not charge GST), it is considered quite "value for money" based on the variety of food served. And if you expect more and better quality, you may of course feel "no good" but to be fair, its quite ok.
The restaurant was almost full throughout the 2.5hrs buffet, which started at 12pm. Among the dinners, there were quite a number of Koreans native, so it must be quite ok in terms of food variety and taste and quality or they may not even want to come here! We were ushered to our seat by the window side by a Korean lady, who was polite and smileful. Ambience was ok, sitting in an air-con environment for BBQ was good as you don't sweat badly and with 2 wall hang TV showing Korean programmes, you could catch some of K-pop or K-drama artistes as and when during your eating sounded quite a good deal, right?
The restaurant served quite a decent variety of meat for BBQ, both marinated and non-marinated. Like pork and beef belly, ribeye, chicken etc for the BBQ, together with prawns, crabsticks, sausages, and greens like corns, pumpkin, carrot and cucumber etc. The meat were nicely sliced and in regular shape too.
They also provide quite a wide spread of various kimchi and condiments like sauces and garlic, onion and green cut chilli, lettuce, tomatoes etc to add on the BBQ meats. Somehow I find the chilli sauce not spicy for me nor flavourful to me as I expect to be more garlic related chilli sauce, which was not.
On the other side, they also offer some cooked food which included the fried chicken wing (a must try, very nice and crispy), fried koran nian-gao (which was good), deep fried pan cake (ok), stewed chicken (a bit salty but still acceptable), stir-fried vegetables, steamed mini potatos (nice), cooked pork belly, beef bone soup (white colour soup, tasted bland), seaweed soup (also tasted bland though when you eat the seaweed which is salty), abalone porridge (nice cookly and smooth). I may have missed a few more other dishes as some I didn't try while others I could not remember what they were as some were quite similar in the cooking style. The ginseng soup stated by the previous reviewers was not offered in today's menu. They do not provide desserts but have cut oranges. Cold/warm water is self-service from the water dispenser.
Overall, the food was ok and I would like to comment on the marinated pork and beef belly which were very good and nice. Prawns were fresh though small in size. The lettuce and greens were fresh and some kimchi were also tasted good. All the food were regularly replenished which was good.
However, some of the food were salty or tasted bland (perhaps it was supposed to be tasted like that?). In addition, if they can provide some desserts (ice cream etc) or more variety of fruits, it would be better. Wines and fruit juices were available but not included in the buffet, perhaps just have one juices would be well appreciated by dinners? (heard that for dinner, they would have a few more cooked dishes and include seashells items and fishes for the BBQ)
Service wise, generally ok. Besides the Korean lady who led us to our seat, they also have some local staff to clear the plates, though not too regular. At some times, our used plates have piled up before the staff came over to collect them. In addition, the staff also assume that we know how to use the BBQ cooker and didn't come to "explain or teach" us how to on until we tried ourselves. They then came over with a small hand-held cylinder and put it in the special box of the BBQ cooker and pressed something and fire just gazzed out! Generally it was ok for us (as we have tried other places as well using similiar method but we just want to ensure it was safe for dinners to do so).
Value for money, ok at the price!
As I am not really into Korean food or dishes, I thought it was a good eye opening experience for me to try but whether will I come back here again, I am not sure. Perhaps I will go for the more familiar Japanese food but if you like Korean food, you may like to visit here as its quite value for money and don't just go to 2D1N soju if you don't like to queue outside the restaurant.