Thursday, 18 April 2013

[Review] Pyongyang Restaurant

This is the one place that Le Brother had always wanted to try, but always outvoted. Hearing it's name, some people would look back at us (O.O). Especially with the tension running high now between North and South Korea. Pyongyang is a restaurant chain run by the North Korean Government, and has several branches across Asia, including China, Thailand and Vietnam.

The food itself is similar to South Korean, but with a little tweak. You really are in it for the experience rather than the food. Sitting on the edge of your chair, thinking if you are being watched by CCTVs or your conversation being heard.

The servers are all females, and from North Korea, dressed in Hanbok and stilettos. They understand a little bit of Indonesian, but it'd be slightly better to converse in English.

 Banchans as per norm in Korean restaurants.

 Japchae - stir fried glass noodles

Grilled Beef

Gun Mandu - Pan fried dumplings

Jajangmyeon - black bean noodle

Halfway through dinner, the waitresses would perform on stage, taking turns. Serving tables, and a quick change of outfits in between it all; talk about multi-tasking. During the performance, you could buy a flower bouquet for them and take pictures together.

At the end of our meal, we were asked if we would like some tofu, we asked if it was a dessert, and she replied yes. Thinking that we would get 'tofu hua' (silk tofu with ginger), we were quite taken aback to be served this 'dessert'. It wasn't exactly salty, but it definitely wasn't the dessert we had in mind. We were told to have it with the sauce, which is slightly salty and spicy.

Like we mentioned previously, the food was decent, but do not expect anything fancy. Le Cousin C mentioned that their Naengmyeon/Cold Noodle is pretty good. We do recommend a visit for the experience as a whole, and it is as close as you can get to North Korea, unless you brave-hearts make a trip to DMZ or North Korea.

Pyongyang Restaurant
Jl. Gandaria No. 58
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan

Telephone : (021) 7280 0889

Operation Hours
Monday - Sunday 
Lunch : 11AM-3PM
Dinner : 6PM-10PM

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