The Gogi Korean BBQ restaurant has opened at Alexandra Central, the mall right next to IKEA, adjoining to Park Hotel Alexandra. ‘Gogi’ means ‘meat’ in Korean by the way.
Before I go on, there reached a point that I couldn’t really differentiate Korean Restaurant A, from Korean Restaurant B.
I order almost the same items (army stew, kimchi soup, bibimbap, japchae and those Bong Bong grape drinks), hear the same Korean girl groups’ MTVs played on TV screens, and smell that similar barbecued aroma lingering in the restaurants.
Therefore, the nuances matter.
The Gogi looks like an authentic Korean BBQ restaurant, though the shop seems lonely because its neighbouring units are still unoccupied.
Actually, that is what I like about it – not too crowded, a destination dining place, and easy to find parking (for those who drive).
In love, first impressions matter. For Korean restaurants, the banchan sets that first impression.
There were some items that I liked – the kimchi, anchovies, beancurd, and sweet mashed potato. The second time I was there, the lady boss gave out packets of seaweed.
The Budae Jungol ($35 for M, $45 for L) Korean style army stew was packed with the usual ingredients of sausages, spam, tofu, mushroom, rice cakes and ramen noodles. I liked that brand of noodles they were using (must find out the next time), though wished there was some kind of sliced meat somewhere.
Flavours wise, the intensity was somewhere in the middle, and marked a taste which is likely to be family-friendly.
The other dishes such as such as the Dolsot Bibimbap ($15) and Soondubu Jjjigae ($15) soft tofu stew with seafood were above average in terms of freshness of ingredients and presentation.
Service was polite and personable, as they would help cut the meats up (as seen from other tables). These little differences add up, and I would likely return again.
Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Road #03-01 Singapore 159971
Tel: +65 6250 3119
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm (Mon – Sat), Dinner 5:30pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun), Closed Sun Lunch