Seoul Garden Queensbay Mall, February, 2013

entrance - next to Habanero

entrance – next to Habanero

On my first visit to Queensbay Mall this month I found that Seoul Garden had just opened here. Gurney Plaza also has a branch, but it is in the basement, and I don’t particularly like the atmosphere in the basement, so I have never really considered dining there.

Anyway, it opened here on January 31st. Seoul Garden operates as a buffet, and it is reasonable value, with quite a range of food.  It’s too obvious to say it is Korean food, isn’t it?

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prices, hours etc.

You pay when you enter. Then you are shown to a seat – more or less you can pick where you want to sit.

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clean and modern decor

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and all brand-new

There are ingredients for a steamboat, and for BBQ, both of which you cook at your table.  There are raw vegetables and noodles…

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raw vegetables and noodles

…more vegetables and different types of noodles, kim chee, potato salad and coleslaw…

veges and noodles

veges and noodles, potato salad and coleslaw

…raw fish and seafood, chicken and beef. Fish comes as spicy, non-spicy, curried, Korean-style  etc. Chicken comes in different marinades, including coffee, which was interesting (and nice), and beef had two or three varieties too. There were shell-fish and other varieties of seafood…

raw meat and seafood

raw meat and seafood

…and some cooked chicken, fish, rice and noodle dishes.

some cooked chicken, fish, rice and noodle dishes in foreground

some cooked chicken, fish, rice and noodle dishes in foreground

The beverages are an extra cost option  – almost all of which I wouldn’t touch, but which include soft drinks, fruit juice like drinks, and Nescafe etc. Next time I would skip them.

beverages - soft drinks and ready made tea, and Nescafe

beverages – soft drinks and ready-made tea, and Nescafe

You cook the food at your table…

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the cooking is done in the middle of your table

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You have a choice of soup for your steamboat – abalone, chicken etc. The vegetables and meat can be cooked in the soup as a steamboat, or BBQ’d on the plate that surrounds the soup bowl.

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the control for the electric cooking is on the side of the table

And then there are ice creams…

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ice cream varieties

and ice kachang for dessert.

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ice kachang ingredients

I was very full before I got to try even a fraction of the variety of food that was available, so I left feeling very satisfied.

SERVICE: Friendly, and helpful and fast
DECOR: Pleasant – clean and modern.
FOOD: Tasty, varied,  buffet replenished frequently
PRICE: Reasonable
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS:  Same as usual. Plastic plates, but metal cutlery, freely available to change anytime you wanted. Everything was very hygienic and clean.

Seoul Garden Restaurant

Location: North end of the third floor of Queensbay Mall – 3F-02

Phone: 04 646 8559


Opening hours: 11.30AM to 10.30PM every day

Wi-Fi: no


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