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5 Korean restaurants in Jakarta to try this weekend

Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, May 13, 2016  /  07:21 pm
5 Korean restaurants in Jakarta to try this weekend

A bowl of Bibimbap, aka Korean-style mixed rice. (Shutterstock/-)

Wipe the word Kimchi off your mind, it is time to taste new, different South Korean foods. Given the recent craze, it is fairly easy to find Korean restaurants in town now.

Here’s our pick of 5 Korean restaurants to try with your friends or family this weekend.

Chung Gi Wa

Chung Gi Wa is probably one of the easiest Korean restaurants to find, with outlets in shopping malls like Gandaria City and Kota Kasablanka in South Jakarta and Mall Puri Indah in West Jakarta. It basically offers a wide selection of BBQ and fusion Korean foods: from Bibimbap to various beef dishes at reasonable prices. It also serves Makeoli, a traditional Korean rice wine.

Most visitors enjoy the barbecue when they go here.

Starting price: Rp 300,000 (US$22.50) for two people.

Born Ga

A little more pricey than Chung Gi Wa, Born Ga is also famous for it’s barbecue. It has several outlets in Jakarta, including in Senopati and Blok M in South Jakarta and in North Jakarta's Kelapa Gading and Pantai Indah Kapuk.

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As barbecue-fame would suggest, it offers a menu that will please meet lovers. Two favorites are the Woo Samgyup, a beef-brisket served with a special sauce, or Samgyupsal, the pork belly dish that is often displayed in Korean variety shows.

Starting price: Rp 400,000 for two people

Chicken Phong SCBD

Located in SCBD in Central Jakarta, this place is popular among surrounding office workers and others, day or night. It mainly serves five variations of chicken: baked, nude, teriyaki, barbecue and hot and spicy. Customers can choose to order them in full or half servings, the former being enough for 3 to 5 people.

Starting price: Rp 300,000 for two people

Jjang Korean Noodle & Grill

Although relatively small in size, Jjang Korean Noodle & Grill, often called Jjang, is a good place to enjoy a variety of Korean noodles in South Jakarta's Senopati. Here, patrons can try Jjajangmyeon, or Korean black bean noodles (that the restaurant claims to be made without pork), Cham pong (seafood noodle soup), Bibim Guksu, cold noodles with chili paste or the popular Budae-jjigae (army base stew).

Starting price: Rp 200,000 for two people

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Samwon Garden

If you are interested in tasting Korean fine dining, opt for Samwon Garden in Lotte Shopping Avenue, Kuningan, South Jakarta. It boasts a wide and varied selection of authentic Korean dishes, ranging from barbecue meat to Korean soup and noodles. With its well-furnished place, patrons can also expect to enjoy a pleasant ambiance at this restaurant. (kes)

Starting price: Rp 400,000 for two people

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