Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cafe Korea & Soul In Seoul @ Sri Petaling & Out Of Seoul @ Sri Damansara

Seoul's soul food seizes the spotlight; here's a look at a few of the contemporary Korean cafes cropping up all over, kicking off - logically enough - with Sri Petaling's pithily named Cafe Korea.

Cafe Korea tries to cater to all ages - there's chicken bulgogi with rice or noodles for the parents, while eight-inch pizzas topped with kimchi, bananas, sweet potatoes or injeolmi rice cakes (RM14.90 each) might tempt the younger customers.

Traditional jajangmyeon (RM14.90) - chubby, slurp-worthy noodles soaked in savoury black soybean paste.

Where there's a Korean cafe, there's very likely bingsu these days - Cafe Korea offers several varieties of the shaved ice dessert, including ones with fruits, black sesame or yuja, but the cutest & most charming might be this cookie-licious Oreo one, nicely priced for RM9.90.

Hot Korean citron tea to counter the cold November rain; 'ade' carbonated fruit juices are available too.

A two-minute drive from Cafe Korea, the spirit of Korean fusion fare burns in Soul in Seoul, also in Sri Petaling. The restaurant is split into two sections - an alfresco area for cafe fare & a more traditional space for BBQ food.

We'd skip the bacon-wrapped rice cakes (RM12.90), strangely slimy with a less than super-fresh flavour.

Main courses might fare a bit better - the kimchi marinara pasta (RM16.90) may sound like an off-putting Korean-Italian abomination, but it's not too terrible (though three mouthfuls feel like enough).

Korean-Mexican bulgogi burrito (RM6.90); no complaints about the grilled marinated beef, but the tortilla & other accompaniments were nondescript. There are also spicy squid glutinous rice bowls (RM16.90), sausage ramen (RM12.90), herb-wrapped pork belly (RM30) & more on the menu.

Finally, moving from Sri Petaling to Sri Damansara, from Soul In Seoul to Out Of Seoul.

Out Of Seoul has nailed the stylish-cool look that's de rigueur for Korean cafes.

The menu's as wide-ranging as required too, from snacks like these deep-fried seaweed rolls stuffed with glass noodles to heavier meals like seafood pancakes, assorted bibimbap & grilled beef rib sets.

We're always on the lookout for unique variations of affogato - Out Of Seoul's is made with slow-drip cold-brew Dutch coffee, another popular component at several speciality Korean cafes.

The kind of Korean cafes that we like serve not only soju (flavoured with the likes of lemon, cucumber & even vinegar) but makgeolli, bokbonju & chungha too - on that note, Out Of Seoul knows what floats our boat.

Cafe Korea
31 Jalan Radin Anum, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

Soul In Seoul
55 Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

Out Of Seoul
First Floor, Block B, Ativo Plaza, Bandar Sri Damansara, Kuala Lumpur

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18 comments:

  1. Lovely backdrop, Psy and all...but I love thgat name - Soul in Seoul! Bacon, pasta...not too authentic though. Fusion eh? Hope to drop by the one in town - have not been for years and years - used to be really good, dunno now. Not fond of leaving the place smelling like the food we just ate. :(

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    1. Suituapui: heh, yeah, that mural is colourfully cool .. and the name 'soul in seoul' is a catchy one :) yeah, the fare here is more fusion (vs the grilled/bbq meat at traditional korean places) :)

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  2. Cafe Korea's pizzas sound interesting and tat jajangmyeon...while Out of Seoul's decor is really chill and their food are quite unique from what you have highlighted =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, now i half-wish i had ordered a sweet potato pizza at cafe korea :) ya, the menu at out of seoul is full of tempting stuff. also wish i had ordered a few more items there. it was a nice place to spend an afternoon :)

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  3. Wah give me that Oreo bingsu! In fact, give me anything with Oreo in it! Hehehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, yeah, it's been a long time since i had oreos, so this was a nice treat :)

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  4. PSY has certainly done a lot to raise Korea's profile around the world.

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    1. The Yum List: heh, yeah, love him or hate him, that's true :)

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  5. A lot of "seoul" searching this week, Sean :D First time a bacon-wrapped something that didn't turn out well :(

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    1. Contact.ewew: haha, yeah. seoul food indeed :) but yeah, we really thought those bacon rice cakes would be delicious :)

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  6. I'm Seoul'd on the food.

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  7. So many korean restaurants mushrooming lately, but where's the banchan ?

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    1. Ken: oh, heh, most of the contemporary cafes don't do banchan, since they don't specialise in the usual BBQ and heartier cooking for sharing :)

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  8. Hmm Dutch coffee? Any extra ingredients inside? Hahahaha.

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    1. CK: haha, no la, no drugs :D

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  9. wow...looks like the numbers of Korean cafe in KL is growing well.

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    1. Melissa: healthy progress :)

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