Thursday, 14 May 2015

B.bap Korean Food @ NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

We planned a small get together among old friends and since everyone was commuting using the LRT, I suggested for us to meet at NU Sentral Mall which is just off KL Sentral. As we were deciding on a place to have our dinner, everyone unanimously agreed to try B.bap Korean Food which had recently opened it's second outlet at NU Sentral Mall. Their first outlet is at IOI Mall and being a Halal certified restaurant, this place has been gaining popularity among the locals. Since I have never tried this place before, I too was excited over trying a new place in my quest to visit all the eateries in this locality.

Located On The Ground Floor Facing The Street

Two Small Outdoor Tables

Visible From KL Sentral

It was only 6 pm and the place was already crowded. This restaurant is located on the Ground Floor, facing the road and not to be accessed through the mall's indoors. Assuming you are on the Ground Floor of NU Sentral Mall, walk towards Starbucks. Here, there is an exit heading out to the sidewalk. Take that exit and turn left. Within a minute, you would be able to sight this restaurant. This restaurant has a beautiful design. They have maximised the space utilisation by having an extended upper deck that can easily accomodate another 20 people. When we arrived, we wanted to occupy the upper deck but the staff mentioned that that section was still closed. We then asked him if we could sit there and his answer was "I am serving people alone and so I cannot be running everywhere. Once other staffs come, then I would open upstairs" and I was like "Huh! Seriously" . Well, what can I say. The staffs definitely need to be trained on handling customer's better. I know that he did not mean harm but his communication skills were just out. We were all here for a joyous reunion and as such, did not want to make it a sour experience and just sat at the lower level without arguing. What happened in the next 10 minutes was even funnier. After us, another group walked in and just went up to the upper deck. He tried to stop them but they just behaved deaf and continued walking. It would have been great if he did allow us. After all, the reason for wanting to sit up was simply to have a more conducive environment for conversations as it was a little noisy on the lower level. 

The Menu

The Menu

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The Menu
Their menu was very elaborate and impressively designed. The design was good and it had many pictures to show how the dishes would look like. The prices too seemed very reasonable to me. Something that would cost a person under RM 20 for a proper meal and that seemed like a very good deal in this kind of a restaurant, specially in this locality.

Order Chits

Confirmation Of Order
We would have to fill in our order's on the order chit that is provided. It's quite a simple one and one would just have to tick the relevant boxes. Once we were done, they would key in the items into the register and then a printed copy of our orders were placed at the table. 

Just like any other Korean restaurant, the first thing to arrive was a platter of Bachan. Bachan in Korean means side dishes. Here they served some Kimchi Cabbage, Honey Anchovies and some Bean Sprouts. I am not sure if these are refillable but these were a complimentary item.

Kimchi Cabbage
Their Kimchi Cabbage was quite good. It was not a very high grade of Kimchi used but a generally accepted standard. Taste was decent too and I would rate this at 7/10 .

Honey Anchovies
Their Honey Anchovies were very good. A thick coat of honey was given to the anchovies making them sweet and mildly salty. And it was very crunchy too. Loved it and I would rate this at 9/10 .

Bean Sprouts
These Bean Sprouts were nothing much. Slightly bland, could have been better. The only good thing about this was their crunchiness. Otherwise a very ordinary dish and I would rate this at 6/10 .

Brown Rice Green Tea @ RM 3.60
One of my friends ordered this and I did get to sip it just to taste. Well, it tasted just like any other Green Tea. Brown Rice perhaps just adds some health benefits and nothing much to enhance the taste itself. I would rate this at 8.5/10 . 

Shik Hae @ RM 4.90
This typically is a Korean Rice drink. Must be something that was made from boiling the rice as it did taste like that. Remember the old fashioned way of cooking rice? That health drink that we used to scoop up? It's the very same thing. Only difference would be the price tag. I would rate this at 7/10 .

The cutlery provided was a high quality one. One that is provided in all authentic Korean restaurants.

Spicy Korean Ramyeon @ RM 13.00

Spicy Korean Ramyeon @ RM 13.00

Served With Chicken

Nice Soft Noodles
I have eaten this many times before in other places and they all taste very much the same. To me, this is the Korean version of Magee Mee. The only extras you get is the chicken and egg that's added into the broth. Nevertheless, the preparation was good and I loved the spicy soup. The portion was very huge too and being a heavy eater myself, I would say that this was good to fill my tummy up. I would rate this at 8.8/10 .

Tuk Guk Beef @ RM 15.00

Tuk Guk Beef @ RM 15.00
Cut rice cakes and beef balls served in a clear soup. I do not eat beef and hence could not taste the dish. I asked one of my friends how it was and she gave her comments. According to her, it was nice. The beef balls and rice cake were soft and fluffy and the clear soup was tasty too. When asked what she would rate this dish, she replied that it deserves a rating of 9/10 .

Mandu Guk @ RM 9.50

Chicken Dumplings in a Clear Soup

Closer Look At The Chicken Dumplings

Chicken Dumpling

Loved The Filling
This dish was excellent! Steamed Chicken Dumplings were served in a clear soup. The Chicken Dumplings had a wonderful texture to them. They were silky and smooth on the outside and juicy and springy on the inside. Every bite was so good. The soup too was very nice. Loved this dish and I would rate this 9.5/10 .

Korean Pancake @ RM 13.50

Korean Pancake @ RM 13.50
This was an excellent one! The pancake was extremely soft, fluffy and so good on it's own. The dip sauce was not even needed. One of the best pancake's that I have tried. I would rate this at 9.8/10 .

Tong Dak @ RM 8.50
Another dish that we had for snacks. Korean Fried Chicken is so famous these days and it would be a sin if we did not try these. This was a platter of Fried Chicken and Sweet Potatoes and it was priced at RM 8.50 . Very reasonable pricing  for the number of pieces provided.

Korean Fried Chicken
The Fried Chicken was excellent! Deep fried to a golden brown perfection and seasoned with Korean spices. The meat was so tender and juicy. Just loved it and I would rate this at 9.7/10 .

Fried Sweet Potatoes
This Fried Sweet Potatoes were very nice too. A very simple preparation but executed with perfection. You're not able to see or taste a drop of oil in this dish. Non greasy and delicious. I would rate this at 9.5/10 .

The Bill
Overall, except for the staffs customer service skills, we were very happy with the place. The ambiance was nice, the food was good and the prices were very reasonable. Definitely a place that I would recommend!

Address: Lot GF 08, Ground Floor, NU Sentral Mall, 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
                Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily



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