Food: Gangnam 88 Korean BBQ Restaurant, Solaris Mont Kiara (non-halal)
I've heard about Gangnam 88 for a long time now. Even my Korean acquaintances recommend this place. So, after so long of hearing people talking about this place, I finally paid a visit - in conjunction of my mum's birthday.
It's a nice cozy place with yellow lighting. But...my enemy. Yellow lighting. Dislike yellow lighting. Oh well.
This place definitely caters to the younger crowd. Televisions were on, blasting K-Pop music videos and shows, much that my sisters could relate to. Me, not so much. Heh.
On the walls, various K-pop merchandises were displayed as props.
Dwaeji-Galbi (Savory pork ribs sauce)
Tasty stuff! Generous portion, super flavourful.
Bulgogi (Marinated beef served in soup with glass noodles)
I recently had bulgogi at Ko Hyang (Viva Mall outlet) and it was horrible! Basically the soup was almost tasteless and full of cabbage. I needed to erase that memory. Gangnam 88's bulgogi did much justice - generous amount of beef and mushrooms. Soup was really tasty. So it was all good. Phew.
Samgyeopsal (pork belly)
Basically, it's awesome stuff. Surprise - there's the pork belly is not marinated! So go ahead and savour the porkiness in its full glory.
Okay, I feel hungry already.
Gangnam88 grills or BBQ food in their kitchen (not in front of customers, phew!) so there's less likelihood that you smell like BBQ or smoke after your meal. However, after the meal, I know I did smell a little like smoke (very faint) but bearable. Sometimes going to mamak places is worst.
Kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew)
The kimchi jjigae is towards the spicy-sour side. Soup is thick and flavourful.
Big thumbs up to Gangnam 88 for colour-coding the plates for their side dishes. Most of the Korean restaurants I've been to uses the same plate for the side dishes. So when I ask for refill, they don't know what we are asking for. At Gangnam 88, because the different plates used for different side dishes, the waiters know what we were asking for when we ask for refills.
Even bigger thumbs up for the good variety for the side dishes. Pajeon (pancakes), myeolchi-bokkeum (stirfried dried anchovies with nuts), kimchi, spinach amongst others.
Before I forget, we also got a complimentary steamed egg for ordering meat dishes. Hahaha, great compliments from the restaurant. I like.The steamed egg is towards the "burnt" side but it's in such a way that it tastes good. I'm sorry, but that's the best I could explain.
Gangnam 88 is actually famous for their Beer Chicken which takes about 1 hour preparation time. We knew this and contemplated if we want to try and skip waiting time by pre-ordering when we booked a table.. but in the end we didn't. I guess we love beef and pork too much to give them up for chicken.
Refill them pajeon!
Overall, it was a simply enjoyable experience and great food. I would come back just for the side dishes. Even if it's just pajeon and kimchi. Hahahaha.