Between their beauty regimens, boy and girl bands and TV dramas, the Koreans really got it going on and we can’t get enough of it. Another Korean favourite that gets everyone drooling is their take on BBQ. It’s a paleo diet haven and it’s impossible to leave the table without a food coma.
As we mentioned, Korean BBQ is a don’t stop ‘til you drop meal, and KOGIKOGI has ensured that you never leave hungry. It’s all-you-can-eat grilled meat for lunch and dinner, plus salad and other side dishes. Although it’s super affordable (just 99,000RP for lunch, and 199,000RP for dinner) the quality is great and the service will also impress. No wonder, you need to put in a reservation, even for weekday lunch, to avoid disappointment. And don’t worry, if a free flow meat buffet is a little intimidating, they also have an ala carte menu.
KOGIKOGI, Jl Wolter Monginsidi no. 85, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p. +62/21-7264999. Mon-Sun 11am-11pm.
Bbo Bbo Kogi
As if we needed another reason to love Pasar Santa! Say anyeong to Bbo Bbo Kogi, a small unpretentious and totally accessible Korean BBQ stall. Served over your own personal mini grill, Bbo Bbo Kogi only has three or four meat options at a given time but the price is definitely right. The location is great, you can’t beat the atmosphere, and they serve a mean honey citron tea soda and some wicked bingsu (a traditional Korean dessert) to round off your meal!
Bbo Bbo Kogi, Pasar Santa Lt. 1, Jalan Cipaku 1. Hours: Tue-Sun Lunch 12pm-3pm, dinner 6pm-9pm.
Straight from Australia to PIK, Kimchi Grandma has a Manhwa-style interior décor and impressive mural that add a fun touch to the place. Kimchi Grandma also offers an all-you-can eat menu for a pretty reasonable price and if you need a break from the meat sweats, the restaurant also has a design-your-own-jjigae bar, where you can customise your own hearty Korean stew.
Kimchi Grandma, Crown Golf Shop, Block D, Hill Golf Mediterranean, Jalan Marina Beautiful Kingdom, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta, p. 62-21/2952-5752. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm.
Wu Jang Gan
One of the most popular meats in Korean BBQ is pork, which makes it an impossible sell when eating out with Halal friends. This is where Wu Jung Gan steps in. In fact they have a massive sign in front that states, “no pork”. But even if the menu is missing pork, you’re not missing out on flavour. This new-ish resto has been winning over foodies with its delicately seasoned BBQ beef. If you do eat pork, don’t worry because their wide selection of meat options won’t have you missing it!
Wu Jung Gan, Jl. Wolter Monginsidi no. 34, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/725-6181. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm.
Top image: Kimchi Grandma