With my last disappointing Korean BBQ at Wara BBQ, my cravings for KBBQ have been left unsatisfied. Still feeling adventurous, we decided to try out Dae Jang Kum, next to Chatea, which we had never gone before, rather than sticking to our usual at Midam. Having noted that the restaurant fills up very quickly, we called earlier to try and get a reservation, however we were advised that the only times they allowed bookings for dinner were either 4pm (which to me appears to be more afternoon tea than dinner) or 8pm. Being faced with those conditions, we took our chances and rocked up at 6.30 with a group of 8 people.
We were told that the inside seats were all filled up, but we were given two tables outside (which my regular readers will know, I dont like). Regardless, given the fragrances of the burning meat, we took the tables and headed inside to grab some food.
There were quite a few cuts of beef, including marinated skirt, brisket, belly and ox tongue etc. I was very surprised that they did not have bulgogi. The beef was fresh, but not very tender, but the due to the fact the store was open, there were quite a few flies flying around the meats, so we had to be especially careful when cooking it to make sure it was done properly.
There were also quite a few selections of pork, including pork chop, marinated spicy pork and extremely thick cut pork belly. This took quite a while to cook, but the pork belly was very crispy when cooked.
Other than meats, there were several seafood options, including calamari rings, prawns and octopus. None of these were marinated though, so we had to have them with the designated barbecue sauce and sesame oil after it was cooked.
In terms of the cooking, despite the gas stove, we had quite a bit of issues because the wind kept blowing out the flame.
Other than raw meats, there were a selection of cooked foods including rice cakes, fried rice, spring rolls, and rice noodles, which were pretty standard.
Price Range:$29 - $32 pp