-By Marryam H Reshii
The healthiest cuisine in the world, with vegetarian and spicy options.
Why Korean food is not more popular with desis is a mystery. There is hardly any oil, the meats and seafood is grilled, there are stews with gravy and lots of very red chilli in this cuisine.
There are two branches of this restaurant, the brainchild of a Korean mother and son. I have visited the Green Park outlet. Well located, cramped and stuffy, true, but it embodies the atmosphere you would get in Seoul down to a T. Cleverly, there are three kinds of seating styles. On the ground floor are private rooms with low tables where you attempt to sit cross-legged; on the first floor is western-style seating and no private rooms; on the third floor are private dining rooms with recesses under the table so that you can sit western style on the ground. Whatever else you do, call for the Manager, Meya, an extremely knowledgeable young lady from Nagaland. She can take you through the rather obscure menu, particularly if it is your first brush with Korean food.
The menu lists each dish with a picture of it. Unfortunately, nothing indicates whether it is to serve one person or four, so you will have to ask. Do be aware that as soon as you are seated, you will get six or seven bowls of starters gratis. At least two will be the famous kimchi or pickled vegetable.
Table talk: If you have never tried Korean food before, do try Chapchae Deobbab (Rs 650) or Dolsot Bimbibab (Rs 600). Chapchae is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with mixed vegetables. Korean seasonings make it delicious. You certainly won't miss meat. Bimbibab is a stone pot of rice with sections of cooked greens, grilled meat juliennes (you can choose the meat you want), shredded lettuce, topped with a fried egg and a blob of kochujang. This addictive substance is a sweetish, spicy paste extensively used in Korean cooking.
High on the familiarity quotient is the yaki mandu (Rs 400), very similar to kothe in a Chinese kitchen. However, it would be a pity to stick to only those dishes that are familiar: taking a leap into uncharted territory is extremely rewarding, whether for the bulgogi or the spicy stews.
Plus and minus: the unfamiliarity of it all is a bit daunting; on the plus side, this is the most Indian-friendly Korean restaurant in the city.
Review posted this week
Gung the palace has delicious, high quality meats, which are prepared fresh in front of you. The pork was really good! Although it can get quite expensive (Rs.1000 per head), it was a great experience and some delightful food. I would recommend it to all!
Review posted more than 6 month ago
The menu of Gung The Palace is very interesting with a number of unknown dishes, but thanks to the highly capable staff and attentive service due to which I could make perfect order. Chapchae Deobbab was my pick of the day which was well cooked with traditional herbs and spices.
If you like experimenting and trying new food go to Gung The Palace.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
My friend suggested me Gung The Palace, for Korean food. I went there and found the place quite average. I ordered for Chapchae Deobbab and Bimbibab along with yaki mandu. The food was different and I found them quite good. The service was very good. Staffs were well-dressed, prompt and friendly. Visiting Gung The Palace was a good experience for me.
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