KO.B.Q Korean Restaurant @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru, Penang.
The new food hub in Bayan Baru has seen a rapid expansion lately- with a succession of restaurants joining. Hardcore Korean fans might not be new to the name- KO. BQ, long established Korean Restaurant nestled within Precinct 10, Tanjung Bungah. The Korean Restaurant has recently expanded their business, opening a new branch at Elit Avenue. Both places seem to serve the same menu and... probably the same prices too. The place is fully air-conditioned, with the standard setting of a Korean Restaurant. Despite that the substantial menu covers dishes suitable for all ages; it is still recommended to go in a group as most of the items come in a large servings. A decent place for Korean devotees to explore the taste of Korean but not the place that you would want to visit on a regular basis.
If you are in the mood for a hot and spicy soup treat, go for their Kimchi Hot Pot (Rm 45/ small)- sliced Pork, chopped Kimchi, Tofu, Korean Ramen, Sausages and Korean Rice Cake. It was alright though nothing out of the ordinary, the soup did manage to meet the minimum expectation. That having said, it did not manage to surprise us. Nevertheless, it was comforting, especially on a day with gloomy weather.
Soybean Paste Beef and Tofu Stew
A set to share, Octopus Pan Fried Couple Set (Rm 60)- Soybean Paste Beef Stew and 2 servings of Rice; was meant for two eaters but three small eaters should be good too I reckon. A server was assigned to cook the marinated Octopus and Greens for us. While the concoction carried a hint of sweetness, there was nary of spiciness. We would prefer them to add in a fleck of Chili flakes, to spice things up. Unfortunately, the server overcooked the Octopus, texture was rough and hard to the bite. The Beef Stew, on the other hand, was toothsome. It was reasonably seasoned and served to us piping hot. The Beef was not exactly tender but they were served in small pieces; which did not quite affect the overall texture. Though good value, it might not be something I would like to order again.
Complimentary refillable Ban Chan/ Korean Side Dishes and a complimentary Grilled Sanma Fish (non-refillable)
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Address: 1-1-13A, Elit Avenue, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, 11950, Bayan Baru, Penang.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm, 5 pm to 10:30 pm on Weekdays; 11:30 am to 10:30 pm on Weekends. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6018- 473 5994