Room for one more…

This one has been around like forever and yes, it is very good and is enjoying brisk business though some may be of the opinion that what they serve here is not all that authentically Korean. Maybe they have adapted the recipes a bit or included some not-so-Korean selections to suit the local taste, I wouldn’t know but I do think it is worth stopping by once in a Β while to enjoy what they have on their menu. Then came the Korean fried chicken franchise that my girl enjoys a lot so we would go there sometimes, once in a while. Then, another one opened and we went to give it a try but we did not enjoy what we had all that much, nowhere near the awesome dinner we had in Auckland, New Zealand, plus we thought it was a bit expensive…and yet another oneΒ soon followed suit. I never got to try this one but my missus went with her sister when the latter was in town and the fact that she did not seem to be in any hurry to bring my girl there speaks volumes as to how much she enjoyed what she had there, or otherwise.

There is another one that some people seemed to like but I have yet to go and check it out and I guess even in this little town, there is always room for one more and this one…

KIMCHEE KOREAN BAR.BQ

…opened its doors, the latest addition to the existing ones, located here (2.297168,111.8258460) on the 1st Floor, next to the Kin Orient Plaza or what many locals would refer to as the old Sing Kwong, right across the road from this one that I had mentioned earlier.

We dropped by after the sunset service on Saturday evening, past 8.00 p.m. two Saturdays ago, for a slightly late dinner to check this place out. There is not much decor…

Wall decor

…just a bit here and there…

Bar counter decor

…in the main dining area with cubicles so one would not see everybody else and what they are eating and in addition to that, there are a number of private rooms available, most of which would not be visible from outside…

Private room 1

…should you choose to keep the door closed and one big one (to the right of the Christmas tree)…

Private room 2

…has glass panels instead of the wooden ones.

These complimentary (and refillable) starters…

Starters

…were served the instant we sat down and I enjoyed all of them especially the pickled brinjal (bottom row, to the left) but no, even though the ladies loved it and said it was very well done, I tried a bit of this…

Kim chi

…and that was it, thank you very much.

We ordered the samgyeopsaΒ (RM23.00) that the lady cooked on a grill with a charcoal fire underneath…

Grilling

…to perfection…

Done

…before the meat was cut into bite-size chunks and served…

Served

…to be enjoyed wrapped in lettuce together with the fermented bean sauce and toasted garlic…

Accompaniments

The ladies thought that what the mum cooked at home had an edge over it but on my part, I did enjoy it very much and I would not mind having that again the next time around. I do think that at times, minimal marinating will suffice to enable the enjoyment of the sweetness and taste of in this case, the meat, without that being drowned out by a multitude of seasonings and dips.

They loved this a lot though – the sundubu jjigae (RM20.00)…

tofu soup

…that was served with a little bowl of rice but I wasn’t all the excited by it as it tasted way to close to the aforementioned that I would not touch with a ten-foot pole.

There was mutual consent regarding the dolsot bibimbap (RM18.00)…

Bibimbap 1

…though. Yes, we enjoyed that very much…

Bibimbap 2

…and we sure would not mind ordering it again the next time we drop by here.

We waited and we waited and we waited but there was no sign of the haemul pajeon (RM25.00)…

Seafood pancake 1

…so in the end, we had to ask about it. It seemed that the waitress who took our orders somehow did not jot it down but once it was brought to their attention, they got into action quickly and it was on our table in no time at all.

Yes, it was very good…

Seafood pancake 2

…a lot nicer than those that we had had before in town, another must-order on our next visit.

The place was run by three young (and pretty) and friendly girls, assisted by some Dayak waiters and waitresses. Other than the starters, iced water (we were served one whole jug of it) was free of charge and at the end of the meal, we also got these slices of watermelon…

Watermelon

…on the house.

When I went to settle the bill (RM86.00) at the counter, one of the sweet young things asked if I had any comments on the food. Of course, I told her that we enjoyed everything but I did wish they had stated their opening hours clearly on their Facebook page – they only posted that in Mandarin and it was not quite complete. Well, I saw the new post in English the very next morning and if anyone is interested, they are open from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. on weekdays and 11.00 a.m. right through till 10.30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Yes, the prices were a little on the high side but since we enjoyed what we had very much plus the service was good and the people, pleasant and nice, we certainly would want to come back here again…soon and perhaps, we would try some of the other things on their menu as well then.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

20 thoughts on “Room for one more…”

  1. Why don’t u like kimchi? Haha. It is good for your health πŸ˜›

    The seafood pancake (haemul pajeon) looks good. I’m sure I’ll love it too especially when dipped in the accompanying sauce.

    Sauce? Great even without it, very nice. When food is good, I do not drown out the nice taste in sauce – will only do that when something does not taste nice.

    Kimchi? Good for health? Never mind… Hehehehehehe!!!!

  2. The Korean food looks good, authentic enough. I love to eat kimchi. Like Merryn says, it is good for health too. I like to eat kimchi pancake too but I guess you wouldn’t touch that too, hehehe..

    Ummmmm…no, thank you. Since this Korean trend caught on, we have bottles and bottles of the stuff in the fridge, own-made. 😦

  3. Though not a fan of Korean food but the food here does make me drool especially the samgyeopsa & haemul pajeon (which looks like egg omelette). For sure I would love to taste them. Nice name of the shop, Kimchee instead of kimchi.

    Not a fan either but I enjoyed some of the stuff here, not all…since I am not into kimchi and anything like it.

  4. I had a korean meal on Sat night too but it was disastrous, shall blog about it soon

    I wonder how bad that was. We did not really like what we had at another place that we went to before this…and my missus went to another one, said nothing great and very expensive so I don’t think we’ll go and check that one out.

  5. the decorations looks so simple and nice. the place seems cozy though. is it? i’ve try seoul garden before. not as much as i expected. but still ok

    Never been to any in Malaysia, just one in New Zealand and the few here that I’ve managed to check out. Same here, ok…some of what I had, still not a fan of kim chi and any of the kimchi-like dishes.

    P.S. Thanks for dropping by. Welcome and do come again!

  6. I eat Korean food, but not into it…

    Like Japanese food, I am ok with it – some I like, some not really but my girl and the mum love it so much.

  7. Oh. A new toilet in town.

    I never enjoy kimchi so I usually would not touch those pickle. However hubby loves it so much and even bought those ready kimchi from supermarket to go with his dinner some days.

    Food looks nice enough. The pancake is appetizing.

    Toilet? You mean outlet? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I’m like you and the ladies in the house are like your hubby. Jars and jars of kimchi in the fridge, they never seem to get sick of it, keep making. 😦 Gee!!! Bought from the supermarket? I’ve seen those – VERY expensive, dunno nice or not…but of course, if you ask me, I would say…not nice. Hehehehehe!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  8. Am not into korean food. Lol. Dunno how to appreciate kim chi. Normal meat and rice i can eat la. But those kimchi n tofu soup…hmmmmmm….kasi me kampua la better

    Goodness!!! I thought I was the odd one out – the only one not into kimchi. So many of you are just like me, so surprised. Ya, kampua is a whole lot better and a whole lot cheaper too. Some of the things we had were quite nice…but they certainly did not come cheap. Ok for special occasions, cannot go all the time.

  9. I don’t like kimchi, either, though I must admit I haven’t had Korean food for years. There isn’t a Korean restaurant near me, and I am reluctant to travel far for my food!

    We just had one Korean restaurant, nice though many say it is not all that authentic and cheap too!!! Now with all that k-pop, Korean dramas and all, everyone is so into anything Korean…so they are opening the restaurants one after another – not all nice and not cheap. I know five now in our little town…and only two not-so-nice Japanese ones or three, if we count the franchised one.

  10. oh yay, i see liquor bottles on the shelves … that’s basically all i need, heh πŸ˜€ admittedly, korean cuisine isn’t in my top five either, but i do appreciate that a lot of people enjoy it very much πŸ™‚

    It’s the trend – all the dramas and Korean shows that the ladies follow loyally…and K-pop, and PSY…so everybody is so into it these days and everything and anything Korean, they like…but not me, old man.

  11. authentic, not authentic.. don’t care la, as long as delicious! πŸ˜› ..

    i want some of that grilled meat too…

    I guess this one is pretty authentic and what we had were very nice – except that I am not into kimchi so not all went down that well with me.

  12. What you had looks very much like what I have had at the 3 Korean restaurants that I have tried over here. We can shake hands about the kimchee hah..hah.. I am also not a fan though I will eat it when served. Another dish that I enjoy is the fried glass noodles. If that’s on the menu, you can give it a go on your next outing.

    Oh? We liked that! Forgot all about it, will surely order that next time. Well,we had the bibimbap, so we could skip the noodles this time around. You will eat kimchi? Hmmmm…that’s a little better than me – I just had a pinch to try and that was it, no, thank you very much.

  13. Never a huge fan of Korean food. But I still love the BBQ pork wrapped in lettuce. Probably that’s the only dish I like.

    We’re ok with that as we have that quite often at home…unlike some of the other dishes that we had. Some more, will go back and try one of these days.

  14. For Korean food, the price is considered moderate.. it normally reaches more than a hundred ringgit for BBQ and others.. hahahaa… anyway, I am not so much of a fan as my kids.. they simply love Korean or Japanese… ! πŸ™‚

    They all, gang with my girl and the mum lah like that. I’m ok, will eat but it does not get me all excited, not at all. Yes, expensive here too so we try not to order too much. 😦

  15. I’ve quite enjoyed those complimentary starters that often come with a Korean meal. Because I love my veggies, I could often be content with the appetisers alone and have no need for the meaty main πŸ˜‰

    Me too…but if I’d just eat the complimentary starters, and ask for refills some more, they’d probably throw me out. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  16. i don’t fancy cooking food other than my own place.. especially now I have a baby, i would prefer places where food will be served to me than i do it myself. Not really a fan of korean food too. But I do like kimchi, a lot.

    Not me, but I do like some of the Korean dishes…as long as there’s no kim chi in it nor does it taste anything like it. Ya, they do the grilling for you here, just sit and watch.

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