Shinmapo (Mapo Galmaegi) is the latest Korean BBQ restaurant chain to open in Malaysia. For their first outlet, they have chosen to open at SS15 Courtyard with subsequent outlets soon to open at The Gardens Mall and Empire Damansara. We were invited for a food tasting last weekend before their grand opening on the 3rd of August.
Finding an Izakaya in KL is not difficult, as there are a number of them sprawl over the city. But for a change of flavor and environment, Sola-Pocha, a PojangMacha (Korean bar) could very well what you are looking for. The bar's chosen name is simply an amalgamation of the words Sola (Solaris Mont Kiara, where it's located) and Pocha (short form for PojangMacha) - it all makes sense!
First of all, the San Nae Deul at Ampang is unrelated to the other San Nae Deul Korean restaurants you see in KL. Somehow, they just happen to share the same name and without going into the mumbo-jumbo of who's the original and whatnot, just know that they will be rebranded to Noonsaram soon. In conjunction with the rebranding, San Nae Deul Ampang (Noonsaram) has recently launched a very affordable mini Ssam Bab buffet @ RM20nett for lunch and RM25nett for dinner.
Hanbing originates from Hong Kong and their outlet in Bangsar is actually their first oversea branch. As of now, most of the items you see on the menu are more suitable for sharing and we were told that a new hot food menu is scheduled to launch by end of this month. Hanbing's milky snow ice is seriously soft and fluffy void of annoying ice bits - melting as soon as it hits your tongue.
**note: BBQ-K increased their price as of June 4 2015Good food with friendly service coupled with eat all you can at a reasonable price make BBQ-K a must visit for those who love Korean...