Korean barbeque has always been more of Jien’s thing rather than mine – he enjoys watching meats cook on the grill while I prefer something soupy. Hwa Ga is Solaris claims to serve all the grilled meats, side dishes and soups you can stomach for just RM39++ per pax (lunch) and RM45++ per pax (dinner).
For a place that (supposedly) offers such good value food, Hwa Ga isn’t as crowded as I expected it to be. That said, it’s still wise to call ahead to book a table to avoid disappointment. We did so when we visited second time around with Jien’s family and got a private room.
Service can be sketchy; at least that was what I experienced during my visits. So you might need to remind the staff if your order doesn’t arrive. We ordered all the meat options available – the best being spicy pork belly, grilled pork ribs and grilled marinated pork.
I didn’t care much for the fried chicken at Hwa Ga as it leans towards the dry side. The yangnyeom version is slightly better but not by far. Korean pancake is also available in the buffet package so you get an option of kimchi and seafood. The former is tastier in my opinion.
Japchae, ramyeon and bibimbap are available as carb options. All three are decent enough to fill you up in case you don’t want anymore grilled meats. There’s also kimchi jjigae, sundubu jjigae and doenjang jjigae if you crave something soupy.
Don’t expect the waiter to grill your meats for you – it’s DIY. They will only assist with changing the grill once it’s too dirty or charred. Drinks aren’t included in the buffet package by the way. You’ll need to top up for those. If I’m not mistaken, tea is RM3 per person.
Food: 6/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Good variety and fairly decent taste. That said, they use quite a bit of MSG so you’ve been warned.
Hwa Ga Mont Kiara Solaris
1-7, Block J Soho KL,
Jalan Solaris, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6419 1807