As far as restaurant names goes, 7&7 is quite strange. I'd love to find out what it meant. It's definitely not obvious. 7&7 is a Korean restaurant on Koornang Road in Carnegie. We went there for Friday lunch today after another restaurant we wanted to try was closed. 7&7 was close by so we went there instead. It wasn't as packed as I thought. Usually when I go there for dinner, it's really full.
This restaurant is a small place with only a few tables. It is visited by Korean people, which is a good sign in terms of the food. From the looks, the restaurant is also run by Koreans.
I've been to 7&7 quite a few times and have found the food to be very good. However, I can't say the same about the service. It tends to be on the extremely slow side. Tea is not refilled, water takes forever to arrive, giving your order takes a long time. Basically everything takes a long time. They must run on a more relaxed time frame, which is ok sometimes. However, the quality of the food brings me back despite my grumblings about the service.
For lunch today, they had lunch specials so we all got that. The lunch took a good 30-45 minutes to arrive, which is on the slow side considering the restaurant was only half filled. We had a bit of a chuckle when the tables next to us got their meals just before us despite being in the restaurant looking very settled in already when we entered. They were shocked that some dishes arrived so late and were like "Oh, we thought you weren't going to make those dishes or something". They had already shared the dishes that did arrive and were almost finished already.
With the six of us guys moaning about how hungry we were (we left for lunch late already due to a meeting), finally Jeffrey got his noodles first. We all just drooled at the sight of it and said how good it smelt. He started to eat his noodles, and was half way through before Emmanuel got his Pork Lunch Special. Again we all watched him, and he said "I can't eat like this, with alll of you watching me". Finally, when Jeffrey was about finished, the four Beef Lunch Specials for Tin, John, Keiran and myself arrived. We all tucked into the food like hungry hippos and there was no sound at all. Everyone was too busy eating.
I liked the two dumplings that they had. I dipped them into the special soy sauce and they were very tasty. 7&7 do a very good kimchi, but in the lunch special we got other pickled vegetables. The pickled radish was to my liking, but I didn't really like the cucumber or bean shoots. The highlight was the honey type potatoe, totally delicious. As for the beef, it was very good. The stir fry beef was smothered in a yummy sauce and had vegetables mixed through it.
I like the food but the service really lets the place down. If you are in a bit of rush, 7&7 is not the place to go. Otherwise, the food is worth putting up with the hit and miss service.
Overall Rating: 13/20, Food is good and would score much higher if not for the really slow service.
Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.