In a nutshell:A nice new restaurant in gurgaon that serves mostly (some mindlessly indianized) authentic and YUMM Korean dishes
Meal for 2: ₹1000 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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Short description- in case u r in a hurry:
The server was very friendly and nice. He seemed new and not very well acquainted with the dishes. He did not appear to b a food enthusiast himself. So he kept asking the question which I find most irritating and brainless – do you want spicy or non spicy. My answer was standard – I want my food the way the Koreans have, in its most authentic form – spicy / non spicy does not matter.
As we waited for the food, we were served Kimchi, Lotus stem, Korean Omelet , grilled Zucchini, crispy Aubergine – all on the house.
It was a meal in itself. It had sticky rice in the base. On the sides it had steamed greens, veggies, mushrooms and minced pork. Sauce was served on the side. On top of all was a sunny side up.
Samgyupsal salted was grilled pork slices served with lettuce leaves, green pepper and a thick sauce. This was again a super simple dish where meat slices were not messed with- simple grill of outstanding pieces of meat (with a thin fat layer) that retained the robust flavours of meat.
Our server described us how to eat this – take a leaf, apply the sauce on it (like lime on paan), place meat slices on it, roll and take a bite. Super loved this dish both with the sauce and without the sauce. Rate it 4.5/5
So far everything was good and we were having a great time till we got Ssambap nakji Samgyupsal – pork belly and octopus. I kept on telling the server that we do not want anything indianized. We want good flavourful food that closest to authentic. He kept on asking spicy or non spicy (which was quite a dumb question after my briefing).
This dish was a disaster – it was a hot mindless tasteless flavorless sauce that overpowered everything that was good in the porkbelly and octopus. We fished out the octopus and porkbelly from the disaster and left the rest. Octopus pieces were a bit rubbery – nowhere as fresh as what restaurants in mumbai serve.
We gave up the idea of ordering dessert as the last dish just spoilt the mood of the afternoon inspite of a series of great dishes before
Overall rating of food at this restaurant averages out to 4/5
I would revisit some more interesting dishes but with fear of being recommended an indianized dish.