"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Gaia Korean Restaurant

My friend and I wanted to go Seoul Garden today but it was fully booked at the Marina Square branch. Craving for Korean food, both of us hunted down Suntec City Sky Garden – Gaia Korean Restaurant. I’ve always wanted to go there to try but was either alone or had no Korean craving.

Gaia have both indoor and outdoor seats to hold a large capacity of customers during busy lunch hours and of course a wide range of food choices to capture your appetite. We were there quite early and was able to choose our seats. There were a few tables of Koreans when we stepped in. My friend was saying if there were Koreans customers, it must serve quite authentic Korean food! Besides, the boss is Korean and all their servers were able to speak Korean!

We ordered a Budae Jjigae (Ham and sausage spicy soup) and Kimchi Pa Jun (kimchi pancake). We didn’t expect the servings to be that huge! It could fill 4-5 people!

We were served with six types of Ban Chan (side dishes). Every dish was incredibly good, especially the tofu and cabbage kimchi!

Ban Chan - Complimentary

Then our kimchi pa jun came. It was a very very well-made pancake. I’ve never seen and eaten such even texture and colour Korean pancake. It comes served on a hotplate so that it will be kept warm throughout your meal. The pancake does not have too much flour and the exterior is crispy. The kimchi cabbage within is crunchy. A little pity the kimchi-ness and spiciness is lost. There wasn’t much seafood in it too. Nonetheless, still good.

Kimchi Pancake $15

Next came the budae jjigae. The waiter placed it on the stove, then turned on the heat. Soon it was bubbling and the ramyeon within started to get cooked. I loved the amount of vegetables they put in – golden mushrooms (enokitake), cabbage, big bean sprouts, leek and spring onions. There were two gyozas and a few chewy ddogbougi (rice cake). The sausages were aplenty and tasted really good. The ham wasn’t a favourite for me as I do not really like pork personally. But my friend finished them all. The egg and toufu added some soft texture to the overall chewy and spicy experience.

Not wanting to waste the good soup, we ordered a steamed rice ($2) to share. It was lovely, sticky, chewy and piping-hot rice. Wonderful!

We left the restaurant very filled and packed back our remaining food. ^^

Budae Jjigae - $40

Try this out and get to see a couple of handsome and pretty Korean customers here! Oh, how I love Korean food!! Will definitely come back for their bbq next time!

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Gaia Korean Restaurant
Address: No 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-10/12 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Tel: 6339 3313
Fax: 6339 3303
Opening Hours: 11 am – 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 10 pm daily

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