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I have been to a few Korean restaurants but I can vaguely remember one with authentic Korean ambiance. If I recall correctly, there were loads of Korean restaurants somewhere in Ampang where locals like to call it “Little Korea”. But recently, I had an opportunity to try out another Korean restaurant in Desa Sri Hartamas … an authentic one, that is !

This is the Korean restaurant where Korean go to when they want Korean food. The food at Daorae confirmed my theory: you can find good ethnic food where the people of that ethnicity go. Lunch or dinner, you will be served well with good food, if you can communicate with the Nepalese waiters (fancy a Korean restaurant with Korean owner, captain, cashier and of course, chefs .. but having Nepalese waiters. Mind you though, these hard working waiters actually speak Korean!). Not all of them speak good English, but the numbered and pictorial menu assures that you get the orders through.

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The decorations in Daorae are simple yet gives you the authentic feeling. Wooden chairs and tables are used to mimic the hey days of Korea … you can choose to sit at the raised platform at one part of the restaurant and this really adds to the ambiance of a real Korean dining experience.

By the way, you want to guess the name of their chef?

Chef Kim….

I doubt that was a hard guess though.

Chef & Owner

We were shown to our table, which is one of those I mentioned earlier … a raised platform with a hole under the table for your feet. Sitting next the a very large glass window, you can see a large area of Sri Hartamas in it’s night glory. Since a few more our friends came, we had to move to a room … a little privacy is better since we WILL be quite noisy !

I would say their service is very good ! Fellow waiters and restaurant owner speaks good english so ordering is not a problem. The menu descriptions are accurate too and that IS important. I mean … O-Jing-Er-So-Myun … whatever does that mean ? Of course it’s written in the menu as “sliced squid with assortment of vegetables stir-fried in spicy chili sauce, served with noodles”.

Anyway, orders were swiftly taken and delivered promptly … even before you could learn your first Korean word. The first to be served were the Banchans’. A swarm of little plates litter the table with little bits of something in it. Some are recognizable … fried anchovies … salad … others … I would love to find out.

Korean meals is usually served with Ban-Chan, free-of-charge Korean traditional side dishes that may be refilled. Banchan (hangul:??; hanja: ??, also spelled panchan), refers to small side-dishes served along with cooked rice in Korean cuisine. The most famous banchan is kimchi. Banchan are served in small portions, meant to be finished at each meal. They can be replenished during the meal as they are finished.

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As I began to enjoy nibbling at the Ban-Chans served a few plates of raw meat … and i meant red raw meat as you can see my from photo below. I was a little worried in the beginning … if we have to eat some raw stuffs. But actually they were for the BBQ sessions … and guess what, you don’t even need to cook them yourself. Talk about service man !

Bul Gogi is one of Korea’s most popular beef dishes. It is made from thinly sliced sirloin or other prime cut of beef. The meat is marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, pear purée, sesame oil, black pepper, garlic, onions, wine and sugar. It is marinated for two to four hours to enhance the flavor and its tenderization.

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Finally the rest of the orders were served and it is truly a feast for me. From sliced squids to Kim-Chi Pancake, I ate Korean food like I never did that night. The sliced squids … it’s korean name is O-Jing-Er-So-Myun or in plain english would mean “sliced squid with assortment of vegetables stir-fried in spicy chili sauce, served with noodles. As the description mentions, it’s basically spicy squids …. with noodle.

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Then there’s the Kim-Chi Pancake or more locally known as KimChi-Jeon. Kimchi-jeon is a Korean dish served as an appetizer, snack, or banchan sidedish. Shaped like a pancake, it is a shallow-fried patty made primarily from kimchi and flour. This could have been a very nice dish … except it was served last .. so you can imagine us trying to force it in our throat …..

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On the same day, we were very lucky to chance upon Zhang Zhen Hong … I was told he is the upcoming local singer in the chinese song arena. We met and greeted and I took some shots of him and the restaurant owner, as seen here. Before posting this, I did a little reading on him .. and I actually like his songs. I don’t usually listen to chinese numbers but I’ll make and exception .. in this case. You should check him out here … http://zhangzhenhong.blogspot.com.

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Here’s my rating on the DAORAE

Contact Details
Korean BBQ Restaurant
DAORAE GARDEN (Tel : 03-6203-2616)
No.9, 1st Floor, Plaza Crystal Ville Center,
Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Bandar Puteri Puchong Branch (Tel : 03-80621203)
No. 27-1, Jalan Puteri 1/4,
Bandar Puteri,
Puchong,
47100 Selangor.

Subang USJ Branch (Tel : 03-8024-2616)
No.8C, Top Speed Business Center,
Jalan USJ 10/1J,
47620 UEP Subang Jaya

Kota Damansara Branch (Tel : 03-6140-7114)
No.2-3A, Jalan PJU 5/9
Dataran Sunway,
Kota Damansara 47810 Petaling Jaya

2 more branches opening this year, one in Puchong and another in Cheras. I can’t really get a map to the Sri Hartamas branch, but here’s one for Kota Damansara. Taken from Saint’s blog.

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Ratings
OVERALL RATINGs : * * * * (Expectations exceeded, this is in my HIGH SCORE list !)
Environment Ratings : * * * * (Efforts were put in for authentic ambiance)
Food Ratings : * * * * (When you’re served that well .. the food tastes as good..)
Service Ratings : * * * * (Korean warmness, just like in the movies)
Value Ratings : * * * (Quality comes with a price tag, don’t you agree?)

Operation Details
Average Price : RM30 – RM40 per person
Business Hrs : Daily lunch from 12:00 – 2:00pm and dinner from 5:30 – 11:00pm
Accepted Cards: major credit cards accepted

Miscellaneous Details
Halal : No
Dining Method : Dine in, take-away
Food/Cuisine : Authentic Korean BBQ
Ambiance/Features : Korean, think Winter Sonata ….
Reservations : Please do, it’s packed on weekends !

  1. Said,

    I have been avoiding Korean food since I was 10 when I threw up all over myself after eating something unrecognisable. They same memories like that stay with you forever.:-) I shall have to make an exception after looking at your sumptuous pictures. The food certainly looks delicious.

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  2. Said,

    My my..what a very detailed write up you got..you even managed to get the pictures of the chef?? haha they must have thought got free promo..i luv this place alot also..heard that “rain” and his crew ate there when he had his concert here

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  3. Said,

    y r u moving to wordpress?

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  4. Said,

    wow………goodness, gonna bring my bf to try! looks good!!!! 😀

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  5. Said,

    I normally go to Nak Won which is just opposite..hmm..will give Doerae a try..especially with your so luscious-looking raw ribeye!!

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  6. Said,

    Few of you asking me why my move to WordPress. One thing I find (gosh.. am I to comment this publicly?) is .. WordPress looks a little more professional .. and more options to play with, as compared to Blogger (I dunno abt others though). Hence this ….

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  7. Said,

    hi.. this is the daughter of DAORAE. i am very pleased to see this website.
    NEW DAORAE is opening 1st Jun at Bandar Puteri, Puchong. Please come and celebrate. Thank you.

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  8. Said,

    Hello Jenny, glad you dropped by. Please thank Mr. Yoon again for his warm hospitality during our last visit.

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  9. Said,

    hm..don’t know why the korean food in MY looks bit different from the ones prepared here. Tt pancake looks different too, and by the way, did u not try their fried rice, sticky stone pot rice, and tofu pot w/seafood ? aiyo..those ribssssssss r so succulent looking , me want ! :PP

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  10. Said,

    the food is definitely worth going to Daorae. The meet are succulent and fresh and definitely a treat for the taste buds. I strongly recommend going there for anyone that needs a korean food fix. I am delighted to hear that Daorae is opening a new outlet soon. Wonderful job with the pics tim, i can still almost taste those rib eyes in my mouth..woooooohoooo.

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  11. Said,

    Love the pictures. The restaurant is cozy, bright and love those seating ares! I like to try out the pancake… 😛

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  12. Said,

    noticed this place but never walked in..there were too many korean restaurant around hartamas..since u give 2 thumbs up to this place..i shall try this some day

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  13. Said,

    Hi there, dropping by to say Hi. It was nice to meet you…Just in case you forgot, I’m the one who rests my camera on my hand like a makeshift tripod!

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  14. Said,

    YES! i like this restaurant very much!! and i love the ambience of the kota damansara outlet probably it is new! my fren got once felt down from the chair at the hartamas outlet 😛 the bimbibap also nice, as for the pancake i prefer the non-spicy with lotsa seafood 😀 on my last visit they even gave us FREE steamed egg kekeke and dont forget the “korean tea” very nice with the roasted rice fragrance.

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  15. Said,

    hey, shoe brother, nice meeting you. wah, such a good photographer and dancer also…life’s unfair huh, some people are so talented.

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  16. Said,

    Yo, pro flogger! Thx for d brief salsa demo. Sexy moves!

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  17. Said,

    WMW, or course I’d remember you. Thanks for dropping by.

    Joyce, I’m glad you felt the same about Daorae. I do agree they are very generous with their freebies..

    fatboybakes !!!! Yo, bro. Thks for visiting man. You’re just being humble. You can bake … that’s like cool or what ! Wish I cud man, instead of just ..err.. eating ?

    Tummythoz, when will you come join me ?

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  18. Said,

    Hey Tim!

    It was great meeting ya @ Sandias… I think you stole Nisa’s heart, heh heh. Wah, the rest weren’t joking when they said you don’t update often. But macam tu lah when you have two blogs. You salsa king you… 😉

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  19. Said,

    tim, i’ll be linking your blog to mine, you dont mind ya!

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  22. korea » Blog Archive » Book Review: Discovering Korean Cuisine Said,

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  23. Spicy Korean Food Said,

    I found your blog via Google while searching for spicy korean food and your post regarding Daorae Garden Korean BBQ looks very interesting to me. I just wanted to write to say that you have a great site and a wonderful resource for all to share.

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  24. Poi Er Said,

    This was a best Korean Restaurant I have never been. Damn Nice! Not only the food but also the staff and service. They are very polite and friendly. You will love there!

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  25. Poi Er Said,

    The outlet that I visited is in Kepong, the contact number is 03-62578016. I strongly recommend you guys to visited Daorae Korea Restaurant. It is clean and comfortable.

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  26. Serena Said,

    What is the new address for DAORAE in Bandar Puteri, Puchong? Please let me have the location and contact number for reservation. Thanks.

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  27. stephenie Said,

    Does someone knw the address & contact for Daorae Bandar Puteri,Puchong. Planned to go next week for gathering, cant wait to eat…

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  28. Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant | Kuan Food Fetish Said,

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  29. jenny Said,

    Thats not the owner…

    my dad is
    uhm… thats his old school friend who helps out with English

    for any questions on Daorae , just e-mail me
    jenjapp1993@hotmail.co.uk

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  30. jenny Said,

    theres also one under construction in penang

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  31. April Said,

    Hi all,
    Thought of wanted to share out my newfound Korean Kimchi website. I have tasted it and it tasted good as well as the price is affordable.
    I think it is useful for those who missed and love to have homemake korean kimchi as well as does not have the time to make it yourself.

    http://www.kimchi-shan.blogspot.com/

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  32. mk Said,

    the food is not cheap but it is delicious!!
    and the service is good !!
    can i know TVXQ went to which branch of Daorae ??

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  33. Kev Goldmind Said,

    I wonder where’s the cheras branch gonna be opened?

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  34. vernon Said,

    hi everyone,
    After reading the favourable comments in this blog i decided to give this restaurant a try. Me and my gf just came back from the Dataran Sunway branch and we loved everything. Ambience, service and most of all the food were one of the best we’v had! Highly recommended

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  35. Philana Said,

    Hi,
    If anyone interested in trying out Daorae, you must go to the Sri Hartamas branch as their service is excellent.

    I just had the worst experience today with the branch in Bandar Puteri Puchong. I swear I’ll never step into this branch ever again. 1st, they don’t allow us to order only 1 serving of bbq (whereby the rest of the branches allow) (how do they expect 2 persons to eat 2 servings of meat when we are ordering other stuffs as well). 2nd, all the waiters don’t smile, unfriendly & very lazy. 3rd, the aircon is so hot. 4th, they don’t refill your tea. The worst part is the owner’s face is even more unfriendly. There were only 5 tables filled on a Sunday evening, can you imagine? Guess I’m not the 1st person who’ll boycot this restaurant. Great disappointment.

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  36. lily Said,

    Hi everyone,
    I just went to Daorae at Malacca, just wan to have a try on this newly open shop…but it is so dissapointed…They don’t allow 3 people to just order 2 dishes, and force us to order 3, as me and my sis both are small eater…we get so full and wanted to ‘tapau’ home the dishes…because it left alot at last…and the nepalnese waiter…only him alone is allowed to take order…others are not allow…and everything have to wait this special ‘waiter’ …and when we told him, we just wan to order 2 dishes, his face turn so black..and said “No, you must order 3!” ….very very dissapointed with his service…

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  37. lily Said,

    Dear all…
    i love to eat korean food and i have try out many korean shops in melaka…now Daorae is here…newly open..but im very dissapointed with their service…there are only one nepalnese allowed to take order from customers…and when 3 of us only want to order 2 dishes, the waiter don’t allow us to do so…he said Daorae’s rule is everyppl must order one…isit true…i really cant believe…how can they force us to order food…and we said both of us are girls, and we cant finish it…the waiter face turn black, and said,,…no..you must order 3 dishes….the service is very bad..and im sure i wont visit it again!

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  38. ellenta Said,

    Daorae Kota Damansara is The WORST branch among all Daorae branches.

    BAD SERVICE.

    I have been eating at Daorae in Sri hartamas & Ara Damansara for so many times….. Never been treated badly before.

    Due to Daorae in Ara Damansara close down so I when to Kota Damansara Branch for the first time on 5th Sept 2010 for dinner.

    There were 4 of us and we ordered 2 bbq dishes (min. requirement) and a kimchi pot… Total of 3 dishes with 2 bowl of rice(the serving is enough for 4pax)…..BUT…The waiter told me that there are 4 of us and I need to order 4 dishes in order to process the order… I told him that is what we wanted and he stood there not willing to process the order… then he said if i order 4 dishes then they will only serve the side dishes for free… this is RIDICULOUS… he keep standing there giving us trouble and do not want to process the order…I was so angry in the end I walked out of the restaurant.

    OMG…. i never encounter that in Daorae Sri Hartamas and Ara Damansara… I have ordered that before and they processed my orders with all the side dishes given and etc…

    Tip : Never go to Kota Damansara Branch… The WORST service in the world.

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  39. nana Said,

    Daorae Bdr Putri Puchong has the worst service ever.
    Please dont ever go to this branch anymore.
    I dont find any problem with Daorae Hartamas n Kepong- their food is amazing n service top class!!!
    Note to Daorae Puchong: buck up o else slowly but surely you will close shop soon…

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  40. Kaeru Said,

    hmm.. i’ve been to the malacca branch and have found it to be excellent from all aspects wise.. taste, service, environment… was extremely satisfied.. but here people are saying its bad.. and all other branches seem bad now.. so which are the only good ones.. and i was aware that there was only a minimal order of 2 bbq dishes.. :).. n we went as a group of six too..

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