Sunday, November 01, 2009


It will seem strange that we always end up eating in a Asian restaurants while we're away but the truth is there aren't many Asian restaurants we really enjoy in Marbella and we've been to most of them which is why during our Madrid mini-break we decided to eat at a few Asian restaurants.  After attempting to snag a much-coveted table at tiny Sudestada and failing, we went to our second choice restaurant -  Korea.  My friend T took us to this tiny restaurant once before.  It's a little bit out of the way but is worth it, so much so that even the Korean ambassador eats there.  Don't be put off by the slightly shabby retro decor or the big hole in the tablecloth (its' for the pan used to cook Korean Barbeque at your table), the food here is authentic and reasonably-priced.

We started with the traditional kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage), bean sprouts tossed in a soy sauce and sesame oil dressing and some fried dumplings.  The kimchi was sinus-clearingly spicy and the bean sprouts were crispy and well-seasoned.  Unfortunately, the dumplings were overcooked and filled with mushy mystery filling.

For our main courses, we ordered two meat dishes and the traditional yam noodles (or sweet potato starch noodles) and vegetables dish called chap jae.  The noodles were served with some steamed rice topped with sesame seeds.  It was the best dish we had - sweet and salty at the same time.  The first meat dish arrived in paper-thin slices and came with shredded cabbage and a side salad. The meat was cooked right on our table with some lard then the cabbage was added and a dipping sauce of sesame oil and salt made completed each delicious mouthful.  This is a classic Korean beef barbeque similar to but not the same as bulgogi.   This was followed by a spicy pork belly dish which was not as good as the barbeque beef.  We wanted to have another classic - Bibimbap (rice topped with assorted vegetables, bean paste and sometimes a fried egg too) but we couldn't even finish the pork so that'll have to wait until our next Korean meal.  The best part was when we asked for the bill and it came to €58 for 2 starters, 2 main courses, 2 side dishes and 5 beverages.   Now, isn't that bang for your buck?
Calle Cristobal Bordiu, 59
28003 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 554 2034


Sook said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed Korean food! I was born and raised in Korea. Now I live in No. California and it is so dang hard to find good, descent Korean food around here. I got to go back to Korea a year ago and tried all the delicious food that you mentioned. Yum! Japchae is also one of my favorites! I need to make it at home sometime.

Gourmet Traveller said...

Thanks for checking in Sook! I love Korean food and I have to say that there are many more options for Korean restaurants in the States than in Europe. Give me some Bibimbap and Bulgogi any day :)

valerie said...

your blog makes me hungry now! my hubby loves korean dishes.

Gourmet Traveller said...

Thanks Valerie! I'm glad that you enjoyed the post. My blog is supposed to make you hungry. :)