How is it like trying Korean BBQ in D7 HCMC
Korean BBQ, known locally as gogi-gui is the Korean cuisine method of grilling meat such as beef, chicken or pork on gas or charcoal grills inlaid into the dining table itself. However as many as Korean BBQ restaurants in Saigon with air conditioner and nice dinner table. It's worth mentioning a hidden Korean neighborhood in District 7 where Korean residents exclusively live. The whole neighborhood looks just like it's been teleported from Korean into Saigon, with Korean billboards, signs, and authentic Korean food.
Okay, but where is it?
Unlike the small cozy Japanese I've introduced couples of months ago, the Korean counterparts locates quite away from the city center D1. It takes around 20 minutes on motorbike to get to D7, which could partially explains why the expat community don't visit this little foodie paradise quite as often.
Copy this address into your google map and follow the path on motorbike, or bus “21 Đường 65 KDC Tân Quy Đông KP 2, Phường Tân Phong, Quận 7, TP Hồ Chí Minh".
The exact address is “R2-24 Phạm Văn Nghị, P. Tân Phong, Quận 7, TP. HCM", I couldn't pinpoint the name of this restaurant up here, maybe it's not on the system yet. look for the name 'GOGIZIP BBQ HÀN QUỐC"
Right off the bat you'll notice the restaurant does not have any fancy tables and tables. The owner is a Korean, he brought every thing exact same way Korean BBQ should be enjoyed from this country, relax and fun. The grilling method is fundamentally charcoal and fire, nothing else, no fancy fume suckers like other places.
Before you come to this place, I need to let you know some details I don't like. First is the price, we have spent in total 650k VND. We've had kimchi soup, pork bacon, beef rib finger, beef bacon and one bottle of rice wine. To be honest, I didn't find the money worth it, the taste is okay, not anything spectacular. If you were looking for a place to enjoy Korean BBQ with better price, try GOGI franchise. However, if you were looking for an authentic Korean experience the same way Korean do in their home, this is the right place.
So with that information out of the way, now we go to the detail.
Korean have a habit of snacking while waiting for the main course, the smaller dishes are for free to enjoy. Disapointingly they don't do the refill here, and the selections are limited into just kimchi, some pickles veggies. The Kimchi was so nice, not spicy but aromatic.
This is the owner, he's quite charismatic and put in a lot of work into his establishment.
First course is kimchi soup, tastes a bit salty but overall good starter. On the left corner is a rice wine bottle. You'd love to try it, the alcohol content is mild with only 6%, like a bottle of beer.
One minor thing I don't like is the grill is too wide, the flame could easily get up to the meat, especially when the fat drips down to the charcoal. The charcoals smells not as nice, I'd prefer wood to charcoal, with this price it should be considered.
Well, at this point I'd grade the establishment 6/10. Nice for the experience but not as a regular restaurant.