I went to Desa Sri Hartamas a few weeks ago to look for Western food and ended up in Carvell’s. It was a lousy dinner with lousy food and bad service so I won’t post it. But, I did notice that there are freaking many Korean restaurants in Sri Hartamas, mostly Korean BBQ. Are there so many expatriate familes from Korean residing in Sri Hartamas?
Seeing so many Korean BBQ restaurants, I recalled I only tried Korean BBQ once at Seoul Garden Autocity and it didn’t impress me. Reason could be it was franchised and the food was not that traditional. So, I returned a week later hoping to try a more authentic Korean BBQ. I chose Daorae Garden among all because of its popularity.
Daorae Garden is run by a Korean boss and he was around to welcome customers as well as taking orders. To enjoy the Korean BBQ, at least two types of meat must be ordered from the menu.
If you have already confirmed having Korean BBQ, they will start serving soup and the side dishes immediately. The soup was tasty and had kim chi and cabbage in it. I have to admit the first few sips felt a bit weird for me but after that it left a warm and fuzzy feeling in my belly.
Korean Steamed Egg.
And a whole lot of Korean side dishes, ten of them altogether! One of my concerns before coming here was on the side dishes. From what I see in the other blogs while researching Korean BBQ, the side dishes looked really alien to me. I was really doubtful they would taste good, lol. In the end, luckily there were only two or three which I disliked eg. kimchi, mashed potato (sweet and cold) and cockles.
After much deliberation, we decided to have ChaDol BaeGi and Daeji Gal Bi which are actually sliced beef and marinated pork in sweet sauce respectively.
The Chadol BaeGi (thinly sliced beef brisket) @ RM40. The meat’s texture and color were attractive enough for me to order it. Hey, I know nuts about Korean BBQ so I just took whatever that looked nice, lol.
We were actually undecided between chicken and pork after choosing beef as the first meat. Chicken seemed too common so Daeji Gal Bi (marinated pork) was chosen next.
You won’t be required to grill the meat yourself because the staff are there to do all the grilling for you. First, he will put a small bowl of garlic in the middle of grill to let the oil absorb the garlic flavor for a couple of minutes. Then, followed by frying the meat of your choice.
Grilling in process… There was no unpleasant and oily smoke thanks to a big BBQ smoker installed at every table.
Done! The beef slices are pretty thin so they cook quite fast. The eating method was new to me as well. We were provided with a big bowl of lettuce and a few condiments. So, it was quite obvious the lettuce was for wrapping the meat and the condiments served as the dressing.
Taste wise, not so impressive after all. If no condiments were provided, the meat would taste pretty bland with its natural flavor alone. The sliced beef was tough too, making it quite impossible to enjoy the wrapped stuff in separate bites.. better to just eat the whole thing in one mouthful, lol.
Fortunately, the marinated pork was better with more flavor and tenderness.
If you wish to have a more authentic Korean BBQ experience, I recommend sitting in the smoking area. The area is seated on a wooden floor and you can place you legs under the table, nice huh. It is also much brighter here so you can take nicer photos, which was my main reason anyway lol. But, you have to endure the loud customers and the cigarette’s smoke instead.
We were charged for the meats alone, so the bill came to RM77.05 inclusive of 10% service charge and 5% government tax. No offense but I think Korean food is not to my liking. So I will gladly stick to the others instead, lol. The whole grilling and wrapping experience thingy was a nice experience though.
Address: No. 9-1 Flr Plaza Crystal Ville Center, Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6203 2616