Korean BBQ, at its best, is a one-of-a-kind, sizzling experience ideal for large groups or even romantic occasions. Well, maybe not the latter because, let’s face it, there’s nothing sexy about sweating while flipping meat to cook it to perfection. Or is there?
But Korean BBQ is fantastic nonetheless! Nowadays, you don’t have to fly all the way to South Korea to experience authentic Korean cuisine, as the Klang Valley offers some of the best restaurants to satiate all your cravings.
Here are some of the best Korean restaurants in the Klang Valley if you’re craving some deliciously barbecued meat, deliciously fermented side dishes, and heaps of kimchi.
1. Po Cha Korean BBQ, Ampang
For a truly authentic experience within the Klang Valley region, Po Cha Korean BBQ is a must-visit. This humble restaurant is decorated with Korean scribblings, graffiti, posters, and old calendars, which makes the dining experience even more legit when paired with the delicious food.
The BBQ, of course, is the main attraction here, but they also have a variety of soup and vegetable dishes worth shouting about.
Address: 15 Jalan Sulaiman 3, Taman Putra Sulaiman, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +6014 662 3180
2. Gui Gui Korean BBQ, Mont Kiara
Gui Gui BBQ in Solaris Mont Kiara is a great place if you’re in the mood for some fiery pork ribs! Like most Korean BBQ spots, Gui Gui is all about casual dining and is packed with all the classics you can think of.
Among the most popular dishes at this spot are BBQ pork ribs, pork belly, pork shoulder, and spicy octopus. They are also known for their cheese rice balls, which are simply delicious and highly recommended.
Address: 12, Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 1155 2608
3. Sae Ma Eul Korean BBQ, Mont Kiara
Ask any Korean BBQ aficionado, like Zafigo’s Sub-Editor Emma, and they will tell you that the best in town is none other than Sae Ma Eul. With their flagship outlet in Solaris Mont Kiara constantly packed with die-hard Korean BBQ lovers, Sae Ma Eul dishes are worth waiting in line for.
Their kimchi jjigae is one of the best in town, if not the best, and their seafood pancake will have your group ordering seconds. Indulge in charcoal-grilled meat and a variety of side dishes to counterbalance the flavours. Besides their Solaris outlet, you can also find them in Jaya One, Sri Petaling, Kota Damansara, and Subang Jaya.
Address: 1 Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6014 368 6050
4. Kung Jung Korean Restaurant, KL
A few of its kind, Kung Jung Korean Restaurant serves all that Korean BBQ goodness but with halal-certified meats. While there is alcohol served here, those observing their religion can easily avoid the beverages. You’re getting your money’s worth here with a fair price range and generous portions. It’s a great place to bring your Muslim friends and family.
Address: Lot No 3.1 Level 3, PNB Perdana, Lorong Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 216 67181 or +6012 321 8995
5. Daorae BBQ Restaurant, Sri Hartamas
Another famous Korean BBQ is non-other than Daorae. Located in Sri Hartamas, the food here is consistent and will never disappoint. If you’re looking to dine somewhere that ticks all the boxes: delicious barbecued meat, flavourful side dishes, clean environment, and top-notch service, then this place is the one.
Address: 9 Jalan 23/70A, Sri Hartamas 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 6203 2616
6. Super Boring Club, Changkat Bukit Bintang
Serving a fusion of Japanese and Korean BBQ, Super Boring Club is worth a go if you’re not keen on sticking to one type of cuisine. Another plus point is that they’re a pork-free restaurant, making the food Muslim-friendly. Craving for something sweet after a savoury meal? Give their ice cream a try as it’s made fresh in-house.
Address: 15 Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6010 665 5277
7. Gangnam Oppa BBQ, Damansara Utama
Damansara Uptown is the home to some of the best casual food joints in the Klang Valley, and one of them is the Gangnam Oppa BBQ. While there are a few in the area, this is one of the best around. Expect regular Korean delights such as ramen, stews, bibimbap, and kimchi pancakes.
Address: 23, Jalan SS 21/60, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +6017 207 8691
8. Palsaik Korean BBQ, Mid Valley Megamall
At Palsaik Korean BBQ, you’ll get multiple flavours for your pork belly slices. The flavours include ginseng, wine, garlic, herb, curry, miso, and hot pepper. I mean, talk about variety!
No additives or preservatives are added to their food, so you can rest easy knowing that all the food you’re consuming is both nutritional and flavourful.
Address: G(E)-013A, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2202 3303
9. Seoul Garden, multiple locations
With 39 outlets scattered all over Malaysia and 15 in the Klang Valley alone, Seoul Garden is among the pioneers that brought Korean BBQ to the Malaysian food scene. Halal-certified and with a menu sure to satisfy your fiery cravings, Seoul Garden’s innovative 2-in-1 smokeless grill keep patrons coming back for more. Indulge in some of the best bulgogi beef, kimchi chicken, black pepper dory fish, and more when you dine here.
Contact: +603 8959 7383
10. Da On Fine Korean Dining, Pavilion KL
Let’s take it up a notch with the last one on this list – Da On Fine Korean Dining. In the world of Korean BBQ, this restaurant sits at a higher price point but is well worth it if you’re really into this cuisine.
Only premium cuts and the finest ingredients will be served, and find that a single serving of their side dishes simply won’t be enough. A personal favourite dish of our Zafigo Editor is the rib with special sauce. Worth every pretty penny!
Address: Lot 6.40.00, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 603-2141 2100