Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Gimbap Brothers @ Island 88, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

A staple food in South Korea- Gimbap (Korean Seaweed Rice Roll) is convenient, inexpensive and most importantly, ubiquitous; not that it is rare in Penang as most Korean restaurants would offer this on the menu but not many restaurants churn out delicious Gimbap. Gimbap Brothers, one of the latest additions to Island 88 is one of the places where you can find freshly rolled and delicious Gimbap with different varieties. While they offer many Gimbap options, the restaurant also dishes out many popular Korean dishes like Toppokki, Korean Fish Cakes, Fried Chicken and noodles. As far as authenticity is concerned, the restaurant is manned by a Korean couple. Expect restaurant-level pricing for the dishes here at Gimbap Brothers but the quality and freshness stand out, definitely worth checking out if you love Korean food.

Maeun-Odem Gimbap (Rm 22)

Yachae Gimbap (Rm 16)

Toppokki (Rm 27)

Jjajangmyeon (Rm 26)

Oden Soup (Rm 8/ skewer)

Complimentary Ban Chan

We had 2 types of Gimbap- the original (Yachae) and Spicy Fish Cake; the original version definitely stood out. The proprietor is very skillful in rolling up the Gimbap with thin layer of rice and a generous amount of ingredients. The texture was amazing and everything was well-seasoned. The Spicy Fish Cake paled when in comparison particularly due to the texture, the Korean Fish Cakes were not able to offer the desired crunch but more towards a sleek of saltiness and chili heat. The Toppokki was great- great consistency in terms of the sauce with bold spiciness, love the addition of Zucchini and Onions for the extra vege-sweetness. A pity that the Korean Rice Cakes were slightly overcooked and soft to our liking; we were left underwhelmed with the absence of hard boiled egg. I was so excited to try the Jjajangmyeon, the thick, black sauce seemed legit but the noodles were overly slouchy to our liking. We were expecting something chewier but the overall flavor and seasoning were good. We were hoping to see the yellow pickled Radish (Danmuji) as side though (to go with the Jjajangmyeon). 

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (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%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Business Hours: 11 am to 8 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 014-300 9524

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