Located on the ground floor of a small and cluttered shophouse, smack bang in the midst of the bustling Thomson Road food zone, this three-month-old Korean restaurant looked like it had everything going for it, including a strategic location with a potentially big captive market, and a menu of delicious Korean favourites including ginseng chicken soup, bibimbab, bulgogi, steamboat and traditional barbecue.
But our dismal lunch proves that a restaurant needs much more than a great position and sharp menu to sparkle. Our order of sam kyub sal, slices of thinly sliced, streaky grilled pork belly, arrived completely devoid of those aromatic smoky porky flavours, while our barbecue bulgogi beef was served with sliced mushrooms and onions on a hotplate basking in its own jus, an antithesis to a barbecue dish. Even the complimentary side dishes, including the kimchi – the spicy cabbage meant to whip up your appetite – lacked lustre. The quality and tastes are not far from what you’d expect from Korean dishes purchased from a run-of-the-mill food-court stall. EC
|Venue name:||Parker Korean Restaurant||Contact:|
Yew Lian Park
209 Upper Thomson Rd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-10pm , Sat, Sun & public holidays 11am-10pm.|
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