Mon - Sat: 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat: 17:30 - 22:00
Sun: 13:00 - 22:00
Closed on 1st and 3rd week of Tuesday
Open on all public holiday even it’s on 1st and 3rd week of Tuesday
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Summary: overly salty, one-dimensional Korean food, side dishes were pathetic, stale and too oily; beef bulgogi soup with 3 tiny slices of putrid beef and bits of canned mushrooms; kimchi soup was a bland and weak watery mess.
Feeling adventurous, we decided to give Gayageum a try. Not crowded for dinner. Thought if the lady boss looks Korean, should not be a problem. Hell no! Our food, drinks and sides did not reach the table even after a long wait. Had to remind the staff of our orders even though we were the last customers of the day. We were served food without utensils and the waiter promptly disappeared.
Problems continued with the food. Beef bulgogi soup was underwhelming and fetid. For a dish whose protaganist is the beef, there were only 3 miserable slices of beef each the size of a 50 cent coin. Beef was not washed and treated well, retaining its strong unpleasant rotten odour. The cheapest grade of beef. Tough to chew. Mushrooms are the canned type and in tiny bits. There is a dearth of stuff in the soup apart from lots of onions. No wonder the soup was so sweet and tasted like onion soup. This Beef bulgogi soup should be called onion soup instead. $15 for Korean onion soup? We must be crazy.
Then came the Kimchi soup. It was so one-dimensional that it makes you realise what happens to the water used to wash kimchi. It becomes your kimchi soup. There is little body to the soup that kimchi soup from anywhere else, even food court, can easily trump this. We must be mad to drink this for $12.
Aside from that, the sides caused our appetite to further subside. The most disgusting was the radish slices with uneven red colouring. Kimchi was stale and unremarkable - I wonder how many months the kimchi sat there soaked. The saving grace was the oily potato chunks and seaweed - both could do with much less oil. Of all the Korean places we have tried for that price and setting, it has the most cheapskate, most uninspiring and most pathetic sides. Not even anchovies or bean sprouts or other Korean basics. Even cheaper outlets serve up better quality sides.
Thank goodness we held back on the drinks and more food first. How much worse can it not get in spite the rave reviews (but generic and hence suspicious) here?
Understaffed. Only 1 waiter. Be prepared to keep waving and have no one come to your aid. And it charges you 10% service charge without indicating this in the menu. Waiter was a nice guy though, but nonetheless constrained by how cheapskate, cost-cutting and terrible the Korean eatery is.
Seats are filthy with food bits, stains and smell. A projector plays reruns of Running Man on the wall, no sound. No Korean music.
Does it deserve to charge ~$15-18 prices per dish for dirt-cheap ingredients, cost-cutting practices, dreadful ambience and underwhelming food? Only a fool will return for its food. Proximity and seats, maybe.
1. Free flow side dishes
2. Free water (there is an undisclosed service charge)
3. Seaweed side dish is nice.