It’s 3pm. I haven’t had lunch yet. I’m peckish, but not starving. All I know is that I don’t want to spend too much money. After a quick google search, I decide on GaNaDaRa. It’s a Korean restaurant with lots of rave reviews, so I decide to give it a shot.
I expect it to be half empty, as most restaurants are past 2pm, but GaNaDaRa is busy. Busy enough to have a queue. I was a solo diner so I got seated immediately.
The crowd consists mainly of Asian students. The menu is large, with pictures and explanations, so if you’re not familiar with Korean food, you won’t feel entirely lost.
Like most Korean restaurants, they brought out a side dish of kimchi and a small salad.
And then it was onto the main. After ten minutes of indecision, since everything looked so tasty, I asked the friendly waitress for a “Jjolmyeon”. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what it was, and it was my first time seeing something like it on a menu in a Korean restaurant.
It was described as a cold and spicy dish made with the noodles and vegetables. I can deal with that, right?
"It’s spicy, is that ok?" the waitress asked.
"Yeah, of course," I answered, slightly offended by the question.
It showed up in a steel bowl. It looked like a noodle-salad version of bimbimbap. It seemed innocuous enough, or so I thought. And then I stirred it all together.
It was delicious. It really was. But the waitress wasn’t kidding. It was SPICY. Even by my standards. My mouth was on fire. I like that, though. But if you don’t, you better stay away from this dish.
There are a lot of non-spicy options on the menu too, so if you’re more into that sort of thing, don’t be deterred by this restaurant.
All in all, I think it’s one of the best Korean restaurants I’ve been to. Next time, I’ll try one of their pork belly dishes.