Friday, December 21, 2012

Kkongdon Barbeque @ Marina Square

Kkondong is the new Korean BBQ kid on the block at Marina Square, #B1-01/02, opened by JP Pepperdine. The name supposedly translates to "best price value" in Korean.

The bf and I initially wanted to try their set dinner priced at $19.80++ (min 2 person), but decided to forgo that option as it was so misleading. The set dinner is essentially ONE set dinner for 2, not individual sets with minimum of 2 people to order. That was sore point #1.

Sore point #2: Plain water is charged at $0.30 per glass. Most korean restaurants serve free flow water, tea, and/or soft drinks.

Any order comes with free flow complementary side dishes from the salad bar. On it's own, the restaurant charges $5 for salad and kimchi from the bar. During my visit, the kimchi and beansprouts ran out fast and it took a while before they were replenished.

Have to admit, the meats were pretty fresh. We had the beef skirt ($16) and spicy pork bulgogi ($14.50). The beef was au naturale whereas the pork bulgogi was in a marinade that was sweet, savory and mildly spicy. I found that the pork was slightly tough and honestly, I've tasted better bulgogi at food courts. 

L to R: Side dishes from salad bar, Condiments that came with the meats
At this price point, I think I won't be visiting this joint again as I seriously do not see the value. I'll rather take the lift up to level 3 of Marina Square and  dine at The Corner Place if I'm in the mood for Korean BBQ.

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