It’s an unobtrusive little place tucked away upstairs in the semi-abandoned Victoria Plaza Shopping Centre (we came on the weekend, so it may be bursting with life on the weekdays). Upon arrival, you wouldn’t take a second glance at the restaurant’s functional décor. You may be greeted by the waiters, or you may not – if there is a spare seat, you take it, no questions asked. Here is their menu:
Upon arrival, unless you request a drink, you will be given a bottle of tap water and some cups. You pour yourself, of course.
As at most Korean restaurants, your meal will come with a selection of anywhere between 2 to 12 side dishes (banchan). At Jang Gun, you get 6 side dishes, notably:
- Fermented Cabbage Kimchi
- Fresh salad
- Seasonal bean sprouts (Konghamul)
- Seasoned eggplants
- Korean style pancakes
- Konjac jelly
The best part about it is that when you run out, you can ask for top ups (although they don’t look too kindly if you ask more than once!)
The manager of the restaurant was also there, and she even made one of her servehands go back in the kitchen when she saw that one of the dishes (Konjac jelly) didn’t have any drizzled at the top!
The $10 lunch special is simple great though.
Also, No. 11-18 of the dishes is served with miso soup!
1. The marinated spicy pork & vegetables with steam rice is their best dish (out of the four that we had). The seasoning is spot on and is not frightfully hot that your taste buds will be impaled by the chilliness, and is instead delightfully rich and sweet. I’m quite picky with my rice, so I was pleasantly surprised by their use of short grain rice (the long grains are what’s served at most fast-food eateries because they are cheaper and more filling) which are slightly softer and plumper than long grain rice.
2. The crumbed fish cutlet, deep fried, topped with special sauce, served with steam rice & salad is magnificently crunchy due to their Korean style bread crumb mix which is not overly floury and coats a thinner layer of crispiness. The fish is soft, white and melt in your mouth.
3. The marinated sweet beef & vegetables with steam rice has tender beef and crisp vegetables with the right saturation of juices in the mix, which serves well if you like to add a little flavour to your steam rice. The sauce is distinctly milder than the marinated pork dish, but nevertheless stands on its own.
4. As we liked the crumbed fish (above) so much, we opted to get the crumbed chicken cutlet too. The chicken was battened thin, but nevertheless still quite succulent. They also give you a knife and fork for the crumbled dishes, which is more suitable than using chopsticks.
Service is unexceptional – as they took awhile to bring out the side dishes (actually with the mains, so as to not promote asking for top-ups while you wait for the mains) – but for the cheapness of the price, the quality of the mains and the cornucopia of sides (and sometimes miso soup) and if you don’t mind the no fuss approach, then you can’t go wrong coming to Jang Gun.