Gangnam 88 Korean Restaurant @ Solaris Mont Kiara, KL
Opppsss, sorry, am not showing the butt to you.
Okayyy, I am too hooked up into Korean drama lately; especially there is one which is quite hit.
So, allow me to loss my mind a little while and follow me on a Korean food and pork journey. Yes… got pork.
Gangnam 88 was the choice for us to celebrate our bff’s birthday. Taking place at the first floor right above Coffee Bean, at the Solaris Mont Kiara; this is a very cool, funky and young restaurant serving delightful fusion Korean dishes. As you enter the restaurant, you will catch an eye on the posters of K-Pop idols on the walls, the huge LED TV playing latest K-Pop music video, and then come to the wooden wall with colourful caps hanging up there. The whole ambience looks busy but young and lively.
Banchan (refillable side dishes); served in colourful plates that boosting ones appetite. However, the variety wasn’t that much and I find kimchi and cucumber slices were the best among all.
Gangnam’s BBQ items are cooked in the kitchen and serve on your table, not the usual grill-in-front-of you type. A good idea as I don’t fancy the smoky smell after the grilling part unless the ventilation is really good.
Dwaeji-galbi (Rm 49; large portion)
Made with the special savoury pork ribs sauce from South Korea’s Jeju Island restaurant, a traditional recipe for more than 30 years.
Samgyeapsal (Rm 49; large portion)
BBQ Pork belly without marinades gave the original flavours to the meat and it came with great proportion of fats that appeared crispy after BBQ-ing. Yummy!
Kimchi Jjigae (Rm 20)
A hot piping kimchi stew comes great on the rainy day but it didn’t really wow us. The flavour was not as intense as the others I have had.
Rabbokggi (Rm 33)
Stir-fried rice cakes (tteokbokki) with instant ramen noodles (ramyeon). Love the chewiness of tteok!
Naksam Bulgogi (Rm 45)
Octopus and pork belly mixed! Add in the bowl of rice and mix up with the leftover spice rub to create sexy fried rice to fill up your tummy.
Kimchi Pajeon (Rm 30)
Haemool Pajeon (Rm 30)
Ohhh, love this seafood pancake that came with a crispy edge. Not too floury and brimmed with lots of seafood.
Beer Chicken (Rm 50)
The star of the night and every table had this order. It is presented to us in a “standing” way. Prepared with the house’s secret recipe that is made of herbs and spices, living up with its distinctive Gangnam 88 flavour. The beer did help in tenderizing and smoothing the chicken while tastewise, it was quite similar to salted chicken and layered with crispy skin. Reserve this dish beforehand or if you would love to order it on spot, preparation time takes about 45mins to 1 hour. So, be patience!
Complementary Steamed Egg with the order of some meat dishes.
Must not miss out the cold beer when it comes to BBQ food.
No 1-1, Jalan Solaris 3,
Solaris Mont Kiara,
Off Jalan Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-6206 5888
Mon to Sun: 11:30am to 1am
Off on every 2nd & 4th Mondays