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Review for Gayageum Korean Family Restaurant

3.4

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AsianKorean
20 Jul 2014
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Homely feel and friendly and motherly lady boss makes our day!

Was there on a lazy Sunday armed with HGW recommendation. (Btw Sun op hours is actually from 1-10pm, not 5-10pm as stated in HGW). Truly home-feel to it, cozy with a large projector screen of running man. Ordered the ginseng soup chicken, 3 types of pancake, beef, and 3 flavours fried chicken. To us (a family of 5), all of them really hit the spot except the beef. It's just normal. Pancakes were exceptional and we really enjoyed the soy sauce chicken! Ginseng soup? Excellent. No hint of MSG at all. And to top all this up, is the friendly, down to earth and motherly lady boss. (She's an ex piano teacher btw) Despite her poor English, she strived her best to interact with us and find out how the meal was. Really good service! Will definitely be back again!
Must Tries
pancakes, soy sauce fried, soy sauce fried chicken
Average Spend
$150 for 5 pax
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yummy korean food

was introduced by a korean friend to this place. 3rd time here. everything was delish including all side dishes. tried boneless fried chicken sweet, bulgogi soup, toufu soup, chapchae, topokki with ramen.
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Horrible Food, Very Overpriced, Cost-Cutting

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.

Good Points:
1. Free flow side dishes
2. Free water (there is an undisclosed service charge)
3. Seaweed side dish is nice.

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Good recommendation to all Korean food lovers

Seafood and Kimchi Pancake - 9/10 This was not too starchy/flour. The ingredients were of proportionate to the size of the pancake. The pancake has the QQ sensation when you eat it. The other nicest pancake i ever had is at Jang Won at chinatown. This is second in line. 

Zha Jiang Noodles - 7/10 This was alright. I ordered once, and i think i would go for the other dishes than this in future. The other nicest Zha Jiang Noodles i had was at Tong Fang at Telok Ayer.

Beef Bulgogi Soup comes with rice - 9/10 Thumbs up, i would come to Gayageum for this again and again.
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Hidden gem in heartlands shopping centre

Have always come here cos the cheapest steamboats and barang barang shops are all here.

My girls and I saw this place for the first time last week and decided to give it a try cos the aunty running the place was very polite to us (she smiled at us and gave us directions after we passed her shop thrice lol to look for the curtains shop).

Can I say like a big bimbotic WOW?!?!
The bibimak is to die for, the ginseng soup is OMG nice.
The best part, hahaha we got to watch Running Man while enjoying the great food.
Love it to bits and will definitely come back again.