Korea Gardens a good Korean restaurant that happens to also be close to where I live. Hence my friends and I go there quite often. We went there this time for a quick meal before going to watch Cloverfield. Just a note of caution, if you are going to watch Cloverfield, don't eat too much. The hand held style of the movie made me so nauseous.
This place has really good banchan. My favourite is definitely the kimchi, but I also like their potatoes and marinated cucumber.
The Beef Bulgogi here is good too. It's got a touch of sweetness but not too much.
The Spicy Pork needs to be more spicy I reckon, but otherwise it's not too bad. I usually prefer the spicy octopus instead.
We tried the Flounder which we haven't tried before. The fish tasted very good, with a spicy sharp sauce. The meat was firm and had flavour.
I kept pushing for the Raw Marinated Crab because it sounded very interesting. I used to eat Salted Crab as a kid and really liked that. This was something similar, with the crab marinated in some salt solution and then the chilli type sauce slapped over it when served I guess. The already salty crab became even more salty with the sauce. It made it all hard to eat too much. The first few bites were really good, but we couldn't eat much more of it. A tiny bit of this would be enough to go with a whole bowl of rice, or better still, congee, just like when I used to eat the salted crab with congee. Mmmmm, that would have went well together.
The Seafood Hot Pot had prawns, fish and swimmer crab. I liked the spicy broth and drank about 4 bowls of it.
The upstairs dining area with the large windows give a nice and light feeling to the place. The decor is simple and so is the service. Nothing fancy here. Just good food at good prices. Our meal came to under $25 each, and we were stuffed to the max. We didn't even finish the Hot Pot or Marinated Crab.
Overall Rating: 14/20, Food is good and cheap.
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.