I equate Korean barbeque to me smelling like grilled meat after the meal, and I’m often right. Even the best suction fan can’t dispel the smoke and aroma from the meats grilling on hot plate. And then there’s the oil sizzle bit when fat comes into contact with heat. If you’re dining inside Duk Soo Ne in Solaris Mont Kiara, expect to walk out smelling like barbequed meat.
All the tables outside were occupied, leaving us with no choice but to dine inside the restaurant. The smell and heat gets trapped inside due to poor ventilation, blanketing your clothes, hair and skin with barbeque essence. No customer seemed to care as they were busy tucking into the assortment of meats, fresh off the grill.
Duk Soo Ne runs on a buffet concept where you pay RM39.90 for all the meats you can possibly stomach in one sitting. You can also opt to order from their ala carte menu if you’re not big on buffets. Five types of pork options are available – served as is and some, marinated with spicy bean paste and barbeque sauce. You also get a choice of chicken, seasoned with gochujang paste.
Side dishes are available by the counter where the sauces and vegetables are located. You’d be wise to go easy on them as they aren’t very good. I thought the pork belly was a tad too fatty for a Korean barbeque, but the sweet marinated pork was not bad. Quick cooking meats include the pork belly slices as they only take a couple of seconds to cook on each side.
I didn’t care much for the chicken though it is a good breather in between all the porky cuts. Mid-way through the meal, the staff would come over to either help you cut the meats up or change the hot plate as it blackens after 1-2 rounds of grilling.
Service could be friendlier as the staff didn’t seem to be too arsed about whether we needed more meats. But you’re only paying RM39.90 per person so that’s probably why. Ice cream potong is available for dessert but when we were there, only red bean flavour was available. A lot of ice creams were badly misshaped so that was quite disappointing.
If you’re into meats and want to stuff yourself silly, this is an option to consider. You get good value for the price you pay, but service and ambiance is compromised.
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Food: 5.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Value for money but food isn’t much to shout about.
Duk Soo Ne Korean Barbeque
22, Jalan Solaris 4,
Solaris Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6211 0409
Business hours: 11am till 11pm