Thursday, August 10, 2006

Gastroliterary 46: Korean ii @ Auntie Kím's

After a break of 3 months, a revisit to Auntie Kim's, a Korean restaurant, was made. This time with much anticipation, of great food, of life's sinful indulgence, in wait for one to experience.

Upon entry of all customers, it is customary that the waiters ask the same question. "Any reservations?'' Perhaps a custom of Korea, perhaps it was auntie Kim's way of welcoming their guest. Once seated, the waitresses who looked young are very keen to take customers' orders and would visit the table several times to ask. Of Korean efficiency perhaps, or just Singaporean's enthusiasm. There was no sight of any auntie working.

The day's dinner open up with typical Korean side dishes, which consist the famous Korean kimchi. It was quite unfortunately that this restaurant charges extra for the second set of these side dishes, which is not the case in more generous Korean restaurants in Korea. Maybe this restaurant has localised to suit the habits of typical Singaporeans.

This is the same old pancake ($16), of great resemblance to the local fried oyster, minus the greasiness and added with much delight. It was as great as the taste from the first visit. If there be a third visit, which is most likely, another order of this pancake will certainly be made. The order of the grilled mackeral ($19) was a good one. It was flavourful and grilled with optimum duration. Suspiciously, it resembles the Japanese way of shioyaki. Howver, the mackeral was filled with bones which make eating this dish, a little of a hassle. Maybe this prevents customers from gobbling up and finish the fish too soon, maybe it tasted better when grilled with the bones.

There was another order of beef bone soup ($16), with lots of vegetables. The menu stated that this soup was used to relieve hangovers and interestingly include the phrase ''with lots of vegetable''. Only one simple word can describe this. ''Heavenly''. Heavenly, it was. The soup was fragrant and with the depth of the beef bones, and possibly some sinful fats, the soup was creamy yet without the vulgar beef stench. Korean drinkers must be loving their lives a lot. Extra orders of grilled beef ($16) and Korean fried rice ($15), however, were less memorable but possibly of slightly above average standards. Even after the meal, there was still no slight of any auntie.

This Korean restaurant's has relatively calming and beautiful indoor decorations. There is even a private room for customers if they want to have a better environment for their dining experience. Indeed, with the tables arranged close together, the restaurant can get overwhelmingly noisy, possibly even muting the background music entirely. However, it does make sense to choose a table or book a table in advance wisely, to avoid the deafening choice of being seated with the wrong customers.

Refilling of tea, which cost $0.50 each, was not done anymore when the meal was finished completely. The waitresses filled the tables of other eating customers and just deliberately missed the tables who had finished their dinner. Perhaps it was the Korean way of service, perhaps it was auntie Kim's idea.

The bill came to be quite a reasonable of slightly above $20 per person. This particular day was special because auntie Kim decided to reward their customers with a complimentary gift of 2 packets of Korean rice cake, made locally. Upon exiting the restaurant, the waiter would kindly open the door for their customers, in the hope of another revisit. However, there was still no auntie to be seen. There was a serious consideration of a revisit, but a taste of the ''free gifts'', however, quite turn the impression of this Korean restaurant around. The rice cakes tasted sweet initially, then with a bite, the salty sesame sauce inside would burst out. The chewing of the thick layer of flour cakes will take several long minutes, and the minutes felt like hours. One would just need one piece and this one piece will be sufficient. Perhaps the restuarant was just generous and was in much appreciation of their customers. Possibly the restaurant was quite into recycling; it was the leftovers that was left unsold. Whatever the reason was, it was as mysterious as auntie Kim.

Food: 7.5
Service: 6.5
Ambience: 7
Overall: 7.5

Previous visit


Anonymous steven said...

y u alwaz go to the same place..
worse still.. nv bring us go...

11/8/06 15:58  
Anonymous dev! said...

haha!! the 2nd part i agree too

12/8/06 00:43  
Blogger bornappleT said...

next time remember to go there la, instead of your favourite foodcourt, haha.

14/8/06 17:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am quite disappointed this time actually..the food was good though. and the killer was not there

14/8/06 22:16  

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