My First Dining Experience of a Korean Restaurant

Shefali Singh, Delhi

“What could be better in life than fulfilling one of your wish from the bucket list!”

So, in order to complete my bucket list of trying out Korean cuisine, me and my friends made plans to visit a Korean restaurant in February. To search for a suitable dining place, I googled some restaurants in Delhi and we decided to visit the famous Gangnam Restaurant.

A coaster with name of the restaurant

This restaurant is located in the streets of Majnu ka Tila near the North campus in Delhi.

When you reach in front of the restaurant, the first thing you will see is a K-Pop Wall (Yeah, I gave it this name), filled with the picture frames of K-Pop idols and K-Dramas. Here, you can click as many photos as you want with the photo of your favorite Idol.

The K-Pop Wall at the entrance of the restaurant

After entering the restaurant, you will get the vibe of a typical Korean restaurant because of its interior and you will feel as if you are in Korea.

Their seating arrangement is very much different from Indian restaurants. They divide their sitting area as per the number of customers, like, for 4 people they have small cabins (where we sat), and for more than 4 people there are two separate sitting areas (where I wanted to sit actually).

Sitting area for 4 people or less
Traditional style sitting area for more than 4 people
The MENU card at the restaurant

I liked the design of their menu card, which is made out of wood.

To relish the Korean cuisine, we ordered tteokbokki, vegetable kimbap, Korean ramyun, and kimchi pancake. For drinks, we ordered Blue Ocean.

Drink ‘Blue Ocean’

We waited for a short while, before our mouth-watering food arrived. Before our main dishes, the staff gave us the 4-5 side dishes where kimchi (김치) is always there while the others keep changing. Let me tell you about them one by one.

Tteokbokki (떡볶이): It is a popular street food in Korea which is made with cylinder-shaped rice cake dipped in spicy gravy. These spicy, slightly sweet and chewy rice cakes are simply addictive. After eating tteokbokki, it became my favorite Korean food. This dish is a must-try at this restaurant.

Tteokbokki (떡볶이)

Kimbap (김밥): It is another famous Korean dish which is made from cooked rice filled with either vegetables or meat (for non-vegetarians) that are rolled in gim (김)-dried nori seaweed sheet and are served in bite-sized slices. It is seasoned with sesame oil and soy sauce. Sesame seeds are also sprinkled on the top. Soy sauce is also given on the side. I’m not sure but it somewhat has a nutty and savory flavor.

Kimbap(김밥)

Korean Ramyun (라면 – ramyun): I think this is one of the most popular dishes from South Korea that most of you are aware of, especially if you watch K-Dramas. When I tasted, I found the flavor similar to Shin-ramyun. I have made this dish at my home many times, and I like the way it turns out. So it could be one of those expensive dishes which you can easily make at home as well. So I will personally not recommend it, instead, you can try out something else from the menu.

Korean Ramen(라면)

Kimchi pancake (김치전 – kimchi jeon): It is made from simple pancake batter mixed with kimchi which is served with soy sauce.

Kimchi pancake(김치전)

Overall, I really enjoyed the food and the ambiance of Gangnam Restaurant. After eating here my craving for Korean food has grown bigger. Now, I’m going to explore and try more Korean dishes in the future as well.

If you also have any experience of having Korean food or have any suggestions about the Korean restaurants in your city, feel free to share in the comment section. Thank You!

Picture Credits: Shefali Singh, Delhi

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Shruti singh says:

    I want to try Korean food too 💝

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Abha says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience.
    I will go there once this pandemic situation goes down.👍

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Naina says:

    You described it well. Gangnam’s ambience is so beautiful and the korean food is so authentic. Went there with my friends and really enjoyed.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Naina says:

    Beautiful ambience and delicious food. Went there with my friends and really enjoyed Korean food

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Pinki says:

    I also agree that eating Korean food with your best friends it’s like heaven on earth😘😘🙈🙈 I also experienced the same with those people who are really special to me. And I hope I’ll get a chance to explore more with them.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Amardeep Singh says:

    After lockdown i definitely try some tasty korean food 😋😋🤤🤤👌

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Abha says:

    Tteokbokki looks appetising to me.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Anshika says:

    My first Korean food experience was also at the Gangnam restaurant. That place has such soothing ambience I fell in love with it. My favourite food has to the Shin Ramyun.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. SHEFALI SINGH says:

      Well said.
      About favourite food, mine is tteokbokki like I said in the article.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Khushi Sharma says:

    Your experience took me back to the day when I went there with my friends. I had great time. Thank you for sharing your experience, it brought up a smile on my face.

    Liked by 2 people

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