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K-Food Craze: 10 Best Korean Restaurants in KL

안녕하세요~ Well, that’s Annyeonghaseyo! Which means “Hello” in Korean. Wedged between China and Japan both ancient civilizations, Korea still manages to retain its own culture. Over the centuries, Korea has made its spark in the world of music, movies and cuisines. In fact, it’s astonishing how Korean food has made its jump across the globe.

Top 10 Best Korean Restaurants in KL

I personally agree with French historian Fernand Braudel: “zthe mere smell of cooking can evoke an entire civilization”. This is evident through the evolution of Korean cuisines throughout the years. Indeed, Korean restaurants have sprung up over the world recently. It’s no longer necessary for you to travel all the way to Korea in order to have a taste of their authentic Korean dishes. Craving for Korean food at the moment? Fret not! As we’ve curated a list of the 10 best Korean Restaurants in KL serving genuine tastes from Korea!

1. Da On Fine Korean Cuisine

Da On Fine Korean Cuisine believes that the essence of culinary art goes beyond food preparation. Set in Pavilion, Da On serves authentic traditional Korean cuisines by using the finest ingredients sourced from Korea. Try out their Bul Gogi, Sam Gye Tang and Galbi Tang, all are savourily perfect.

Credits: Trip Advisor

Address & Operating Hour:
6.40.00, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 11am-10pm daily
*Ingredients are from Halal suppliers.

2. Sae Ma Eul BBQ

Another 고기구이 (gogi-gui; Korean barbeque) place for you to dig in! In this restaurant, their spicy rice balls top the bill. It’s encouraged to grill the rice balls first in order to further enhance its aroma. For cheese lovers, don’t forget to pair your grilled meat along with luscious melted cheese!

Credits: VKeong

Address & Operating Hour:
– Solaris Mont Kiara: 1, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 12pm-10.30pm
– Jaya One: Sae Ma Eul BBQ D-69-G, Block D, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor | 11.30am-11.30pm daily
*This is not a pork-free & alcohol-free restaurant.

3. Sopoong

Listed as the Best Korean Restaurant by Trip Advisor, this place is always crowded by a steady stream of people entering to dine during lunch hours. The interior of the restaurant is simply decorated with a quote in Korean written on the wall, translated to English as “Good Food Reminds Me of Mom”. Heart-warming isn’t it? This place serves good kimchi too, the staple of korean cuisine. Do try their Kimchi Hot Pot, Bulgogi and Bibimbap. They won’t disappoint you.

Credits: The Starling

Address & Operating Hour:
12, Jalan Imbi, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 10am-10pm daily
*Ingredients are mostly from Halal suppliers. Pork free & Alcohol free.

4. Palsaik Korean BBQ

Palsaik (팔색) means “8 flavours” in Korean, and this refers to the 8-Colour pork set which they offer! These include ginseng, wine, curry, miso paste, ‘hot’, pine leaves, garlic and herb. No matter what flavour of marinated pork you’re fond of, there’ll surely one which suits your likings!

Credits: Hungry Go Where

Address & Operating Hour:
– Mont Kiara: J-01-09, Soho KL, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 11.30am-11.30pm daily
– Scott Garden: 289, Jalan Klang Lama, The Scott Garden, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 11.30am-10.30pm daily
– My Town: Lot No. L3-022 & L3-E-022, Level 3, No.2B, Jalan Cochrane, Seksyen 90, MyTOWN Shopping Centre, 55100 Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 10am-10pm daily
– Kota Damansara: B-08-G, Block B, No.2 Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia | 11.30am-11.30pm daily
*This is not a pork-free & alcohol-free restaurant. 

5. Nanda Chicken

Suggested by the shop name itself, this Korean eatery place serves good fried chicken. And there are 3 main flavour categories provided: cheese, crispy and special. All artfully arranged together with melted cheese on a circular pan. Trust me, it surely tastes as good as it looks.

Credits: Taufulou

Address & Operating Hour:
11, Jalan Solaris 2, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 12pm-12am daily
*Ingredients are mostly from Halal suppliers. Pork-free & Alcohol-free.

6. Don Dwae Ji Sam Gyeob Sal

This Korean restaurant serves unlimited refillable Korean BBQ at an affordable price! Grilling high-grade meat with layers of beautiful marbling fat over a charcoal grill, so scrumptious that somehow marinades and sauces became of less importance. Accompanied with pickled veggies where the acidity boosts richness of the meat… 맛있다 (mas-issda; delicious)!

Credits: Lifestyle Asia

Address & Operating Hour:
91, 77, Jalan Radin Tengah, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur | 1pm-11pm daily
*This is not a pork-free & alcohol-free restaurant.

7. Mr Dakgalbi

If you’re a fan of dakgalbi, this one is for you! This place serves juicy tender chicken, where it’ll be prepared “live” in front of you. Just the basics ain’t enough? Add on their cheese ring make it cheesy-licious! You can even add on ramen, fried rice or even topokki to top up the perfection!

Credits: Malaysian Flavours

Address & Operating Hour:
– Solaris Mont Kiara:  No J-G_02, Soho Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | 11am-11pm daily
– Setiawalk, Puchong: 
C-10-G, Ground Floor, Setiawalk, Jalan Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160 Puchong, Selangor | 11am-10pm daily
– Setapak: 
Jalan Genting Kelang, Taman Danau Kota, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 12pm-12am daily
– Sri Petaling: 
2, 9, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 11am-11pm daily
– Setia City Mall:
359, Persiaran Setia Dagang, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor | 10am-10pm
– Publika: 
1, Jalan Dutamas, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | 10am-10pm daily
* This is a Halal Restaurant.

8. Shinmapo Korean BBQ

With over 500 branches across 11 countries on our world map, this restaurant self-proclaimed as the No 1 BBQ Restaurant in Korea! Their signature includes Galmaegisal (pork skirt meat), a premium cut between the pork belly and ribs. Save some space after your bbq feast too for their signature volcanic fried rice where kimchi fried rice is paired with scrambled egg, this is what we call the real comfort food.

Credits: Malaysian Flavours

Address & Operating Hour:
– The Gardens Mall: Level 3, T216-D, The Gardens Mall, KL | 11am-11pm daily
– SS15 Courtyard: G-07, SS15 Courtyard, Subang Jaya | 11.30am-11.30pm daily
– The Empire City Mall: 8, Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor | 10am-10pm daily
*This is not a pork-free & alcohol-free restaurant.

9. Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe and Bistro on the Park

A Korean cafe with family-friendly settings and great comfy ambience, where the food is presented in portions suitable for sharing. Their must-tries include their Bibi Rice Burger, where grilled chicken breast and sliced cheese are sandwiched between rice cakes in substitution of the ordinary hamburger buns, not forgetting their bibi sauce- the sauced used in bibimbap to spice it up. Definitely palate-pleasing.

Credits: Malaysian Flavours

Address: 4A, Publika, Solaris Dutamas No.1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hour: 10.30am-11.00pm
*This is a pork-free restaurant.

10. Gangnam88

A fancy Korean restaurant with a rather chic and thematic ambience. For those in groups of 5 or 6, this restaurant does offer a “Gold Set”, which comprises of Cheese Squid Rabbokgi, Ginseng Chicken Soup, Kimchi Soup, 3 stypes of barbecued meats, Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Cheese Rolled Omelet at a rather reasonable price. Anyways, if you’re fond of BBQ yet despise the aroma curling up from the grill, worry no more as your meat will be grilled right in the kitchen and served to your table!

Credits: Lea0209

Address & Operating Hour:
No 1-1, Jalan Solalis 3, Solaris Mont Kiara Off Jalan Kira, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | 11.30am-1am daily
* Ingredients are from Halal Suppliers.

List: Best Korean Food Guide, KL 2018

There are many other delicious korean restaurants in KL. Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comment below.

We hope today’s article “KL Top Korean Food Guide 2018” treated you well. If we missed out any good ones, feel free to suggest them to us too!

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