Tuesday, October 4, 2011

With the recent influx of the Korean wave, we are fortunate enough to be able to experience Korean culture from what's showing in that 50" rectangle box in our living room to the dining table. The latest Korean food joint to have come under my radar is Woori Nara, a quiet little outlet planted behind Upper Bukit Timah Road.

Decorations are simplistic in nature but apart from the KBS programs constantly airing in the TV, nothing feels quite Korean in here. The wallpaper and the few pictures hanging around just doesn't quite make the cut.

As per normal, the usual little side dishes were being served, bean sprouts, kimchi, pickles and etc. No complaints from me. We order a bibimbap just in case the fried chicken portions were too small. Bibimbap are supposed to be served piping hot from a sizzling stone pot but not for ours. It wasn't even anything near hot, it look just like an ordinary bowl of rice with mixed vegetables topped with a sunny side up. Disappointing. Rating: 6.0/10

The must-try Deep fried chicken in canola oil when you come to Woori Nara, at least that's what they are famous for. With 4 flavors to choose from (Original, soy garlic, yum yum & volcano) and stuck in a dilemma, the safest bet would be to go for the Samplers (3 pieces of chicken each for Original, soy garlic and yum yum). The chickens are tough and dry and I must say they are disappointing, average at best. Well, at least the yum yum and soy garlic flavor are better than the original, but only marginally. Rating: 6.0/10

Price: 6.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Conclusion: Prices and services plays an equally important role with food, when you decide to pig out at an outlet. For Woori Nara, the food is decisively the factor that stops me from paying them a second visit. If I have a craving for deep fried chicken in canola oil, I can always head to Korean BBQ chicken. All being said, I still have to extend my appreciation to the person who organised this dinner to celebrate my birthday.

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19, Lorong Kilat, #01-02
Singapore 598120
Tel: (+65) 6464 9282

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1 comment:

  1. I know it has been quite some time since you posted this, but regarding to your bibimbap that aren't sizzling hot..perhaps it's because what you ordered was a regular bibimbap, not stone pot bibimbap? It's important to have that "stone pot" in the name cuz if not, you will get a regular bibimbap which is just like what you said, rice and some vegetables with sunny side up. No rice crust!