Chung Gi Wa has been a long-standing competitor amongst numerous other Korean BBQ restaurants in Jakarta. They have opened several branches in Jakarta and many positive comments have been heard from each of their branches.
The branch at Dharmawangsa is quite spacious, you could at least fit 100 people inside. It was decorated in an old, rustic Korean style – similar to the interiors of a house found in Korean period dramas.
The spacious area and the huge crowd coming especially during rush hours was powered by the amount of staff they have, thus the waiting time was not too long.
Oh! By the way, like all their usual outlets, Chung Gi Wa also offer complimentary coffee and Korean appetizers (Banchan) for customers. The coffee machine is usually stationed right in front of the restaurant, just asked the waiter for the location of this coffee machine of your want one!
Complimentary Banchan (Korean Appetizers) for everyone! One thing I love about coming to a Korean restaurant is their Banchan!
Samgyeopsal (Pork Belly) – IDR97,000
Wow, the pork was quite thick, tender, and marinated very well! Eat it with the leafy vegetables, some Korean sauce of your liking (usually I add a little bit of Kimchi for a kick of saucy, tangy flavor), and grilled garlic, nyumm.. PERFECTION!
The meat wasn’t too fatty as well – a very important factor for me since I dislike food that are too fatty or too oily.
Usol (Beef Tongue) – IDR87,000++
Their Usol (Beef Tounge) was also very nice and tender. Thinly sliced, marinated nicely, and grilled perfectly! The beef slices was grilled at well done, but it was not overly cooked and still juicy instead of leaving it dry in the grill.
Japchae – IDR95,000++
Japchae is Korean glass noodles with sauteed vegetables and beef. The portion size was a bit too much for 1 person, but was not enough for 2 people.
The Japchae was ‘okay’ for me. It has quite a lot of toppings, very savory, and the glass noodles was bouncy and chewy. Though it taste delicious, it lacks the ‘wow’ factor I was looking for.
Mul Nangmyeon – IDR65,000++
Mul Nangmyeon is Korean cold buckwheat noodle in beef broth with egg and vegetables. Despite having ordered so much food on our table, 2 of my friends insisted that they are going to order a serving of Mul Nangmyeon.
I was quite intrigued by their persistence so I decided to try it. To my surprise, it was DELICIOUS! the noodles was very thin and chewy, it almost melt in your mouth! The clear broth was very light and fresh, a really nice dish after eating the heavy Korean BBQ dish upfront. Savory and sweet, slightly sour to give it a fresh kick – just PERFECT!
Despite having come here for Korean BBQ, I think this Mul Nangmyeon is the true highlight of my meal that day.
Haemul Pajeon – IDR85,000++
Haemul Pajeon is Korean savory pancake with seafood and green onions. The portion at Chung Gi Wa was quite big, it could be shared for 3 to 4 people. However, I think there is room for improvement in the taste department.
It was a bit too oily and too bland for my taste. There is too much onions compared to seafood too. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. I guess Pajeon are not their forte after all..
Overall I think Chung Gi Wa is one of the top-tasting Korean BBQ restaurant in Jakarta. Of course, price wise, it is located in the middle-to-high tier. I really recommend you to try Chung Gi Wa is you are in for some Korean BBQ. The food and ambiance is perfect for bringing family and friends too!
Grand Wijaya Center, Blok A No. 15, Jl. Wijaya 2, Dharmawangsa, Jakarta