This is truly my favorite restaurant in Singapore. As a Korean who truly values good food, Gaia has real authentic Korean taste, which you cant get anywhere else in Singapore. They use only the best meat and fresh ingredients. I never get the same "banchan" (small appetizers given away for free) as they make fresh ones and new varieties everyday. Kimchi is unlike other restaurants in Singapore, as the owner herself (a reknown cooking teacher and a author of a Korean Cookbook) makes it and I heard that even the most basic ingredient such as salt is toasted prior to being served as thats the way to bring out the taste.
My favorite recommendations are:
1. Jumulluck (marinated beef)
2. Classic Kimchi Stew (kimchi jjigae)
3. seafood pancake
5. bibim neng myung (spicy cold noodle!! this is my ultimate favorite)
I heard they are moving to Holland Village in February as Suntec goes for renovation. Looking forward to the new GAIA!!!
Our reservation was at 7 but they took us in early and served tea and side dishes quickly. I love the variety of side dishes and we had them refilled 7 times throughout the meal. At first we were given 6 types then we had 7 types! And when there were new ones they would give it to us. The tea was nice too but the staff were a bit too busy to keep refilling for us. As for the kimchi stew we ordered, it was fantastic! I love the kimchi soup base! And it was chocked full of ingredients. The grilled chicken was served with vegetables and was fine too. The kimchi seafood pancake was very tasty though I didn't see much seafood.
Had a very relaxing BBQ dinner with my husband seated outdoors. Not sure if I'll like it that much if I have to sit indoors. The owner is very friendly and that makes us feel very at home. Food was good though I'm not clear why I have to be doing the cutting up of raw chicken soaked in melted water, which is quite messy and unhygenic looking. The beef and pork was very tasty though, will not order chicken next time.
One thing I like about this place is the great variety of side dishes given, this week, it could be bean sprouts, vegetables, lotus roots, next week, it could be tofu, potato, radish, another week, another entirely different set of cold side dishes, only the kimchi remains the staple of the cold dishes. So it is hard to get bored coming to this place for a meal and it definitely helps a lot that the most of the side dishes are quite tasty and appetizing. However, I feel that appetizers are more of home-cooked food standard instead of restaurant standard.
My only complant is that the kimchi tends to be a bit too spicy as compared to the Chongga kimchi I love. The grilled meats being thoroughly marinated with a delicious sauce, are fresh, tasty, delicious and juicy. The ginseng chicken soup is not too salty and tasted full of ginseng goodness.
The place is nice, simple and clean, the staffs are generally okay, they seem to be really busy, so it is kind of hard to catch their attention.
This is the place I'll go to whenever I want to eat Korean food.
This review (with pictures) can be found on my blog: http://morsels-of-delice.blogspot.sg/2014/09/gaia-korean-restaurant-yummy-korean-food.html