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December 28, 2009

Zens Korean BBQ @ One Bangsar

Zens Korean BBQ is a restaurant managed by a Korean family from Seoul. It is located along the row of bungalows/restaurants in Jalan Ara. The decor is minimal, but the zen-like ambiance is ideal for nice lunches and dinners. rif’s sister had her wedding lunch there recently — and I was surprised the restaurant could fit 150 guests comfortably. Lunch was buffet style; I don’t think the bride and groom wanted to smell like grilled meat on their big day. Bulgogi is one of my favourite Korean dishes, and judging from lunch that day, it was everyone’s favourite too. The thinly-sliced beef and onions were seasoned with sweet soy sauce and pear juice. If only no one was looking — I would have drank all the gravy! I enjoyed the Korean glass noodles. Cooked with mushroom slices and scallions, the noodles had a nice, firm bite. It had a good balance of flavours without being overly oily, soggy or dry. The kimchi was by far the best tasting kimchi I have eaten. Spicy, tangy, crunchy and pungent with a hint of sweetness, I can only imagine how good their kimchi jjigae would taste like.Another favourite of mine was the Korean pancake. Zens’ version was crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. I didn’t care much for the Korean Fried Chicken. It was a tad dry for me, especially the chicken breast.

Service was too effective — empty plates were cleared, but the waiters also cleared the cutlery without asking the guests if they were still using them. I enjoyed most of the dishes, especially the kimchi, bulgogi and pajeon. They also have set lunches for RM15 on weekdays, which I am planning to try soon.

Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: The food is quite good, and their set meals are quite reasonable.

Zens Korean BBQ
One Bangsar
63G-G, Jalan Ara
Bangsar Baru
03 2282 9007

Congratulations again, Ben & Wai Li!

*Wedding cake not from Zens

10 Responses

  1. Huai Bin

    I love bulgogi! The buffet style setup is good for wedding lunches – it's more casual. It looks like a great place, must check it out for the bulgogi. 🙂

  2. KampungboyCitygal

    congrats to rif's sis! would love the try the value for money lunch set too

  3. thule a.k.a leo

    Woooo… buffet style~~~
    how much per person?

  4. Sean

    wow, korean food seems like a unique idea for a wedding lunch. and yeah, it's hard to imagine from outside that the outlet could fit more than several dozen people 😀

  5. EVo

    That's some good pricing there. thanks for sharing bbabe!

  6. Ben/Wai-Li

    Thanks for helping out at the wedding! Glad you enjoyed the lunch. I myself hardly had time to eat that day and only managed to scoff down the cold leftovers! sob, sob, sob!

  7. Sonia

    Foods there look good, will try one day !!

  8. thenomadGourmand

    Oh..set lunch?
    On on! Nx week's "mid week lunchies with the babes"? Since this week's is anuars'.
    yups, i got a name for our 'lunchies' ;p

  9. AugustDiners

    Looks yummy, i wonder whether they have a good range of ala carte there?

  10. Bangsar-bAbE

    AugustDiners – They have a pretty decent range…at least for me. 😉

    nomad – LOL…so kewt la you!

    Sonia – Enjoy!

    Ben/Wai-Li – No prob…glad to help. Poor thing…next time we go la, since it's nearby. =D

    EVo – You're welcome!

    Sean – They have another spare room inside. And a pretty nice garden.

    leo – They don't usually do buffets, but since it's a wedding, they catered for us. It was RM40 per pax.

    KampungboyCitygal – Yup, me too!

    Huai Bin – Since you work nearby, maybe I'll kidnap you for lunch one of these days!

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