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“Not worth visiting”
Review of Gum Gang Won

Gum Gang Won
Ranked #3,940 of 11,581 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Korean
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
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Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Reviewed 2 September 2013

My first time and last time visiting this restaurant.

Me and my mom happened to pass by this Korean restaurant and decided to give a try.

When I went in the restaurant, it was fine. I was greeted by the waitresses. I was also given two menu for selection of the dishes.

I took quite some time to decide what I wanted to eat as we have small appetite and I didn't want to order too huge a portion. After almost deciding what I wanted, the waitress came over and recommended me some dishes. I told her I already have something In mind and she replied 随便你啦- anything you wish. I thought she was quite rude. She walked away and I was served by another waitress. This waitress kept pushing me to get more dishes when I told her I will get more if I didn't have enough. I also told her to give me a menu in case I wanted to order later.

Appetizers came. Six dishes - kimchi. It was the worst Kim chi I have ever eaten. I have once been to Korea and also many Korean restaurants in Singapore. It really tasted bad. I thought Kim chi is the most basic dish for Koreans as they eat it in every meal.( if you think their kimchi is okay, I think there are better ones, pls quit visiting this restaurant and patronize other restaurant to try out their Kim chi)

I also ordered a kimchi stew for 2, whole Saba fish and pork dish(stir fried). Kimchi stew and Saba fish tasted slightly above average. However, the pork dish didn't taste anything special. Taste is somewhat near to food court standard.

I paid a total of $69 for two. Estimated $35 for each person. But given this standard of food, I seriously don't think it's worth my money. Previously, my colleagues and I visited another Korean restaurant in china town and spent a total of $150 for five person for a higher grade and better quality of food.

The worst thing I would probably imagine is poor customer service standards given to me which I have not encounter anything like this before. I think different customers have different choices of food so the waitress shouldn't show attitude if the customer doesn't want to choose what they recommend. Furthermore, they shouldn't be so pushy as there are only two persons (which I think three dishes is already sufficient).

With this poor service standards and food, I think I will never go to this store again. I should have insisted going to the previous Korean restaurant recommended by my colleagues.




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Reviewed 30 June 2013

I was lucky to be shown this place by a friend and have been back many times since!

They do an excellent lunch set at $9.80+, the chicken bulgogi is the best I've had in Singapore yet, tender chicken and a really tasty full of flavour sauce. The included side dishes are also very good and change each day so you get different items each time you go.

At night, food is also great value, with some really tasty dishes. The pork belly and squid is particularly tasty along with the saba fish!

Service is friendly and warm, with the staff being happy to help.

If you're wandering Chinatown in need of a good feed, I'd highly recommend Gum Gang Won.

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1  Thank Andy S
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

The Hop On/Hop Off Bus driver dropped us in Chinatown and pointed down Temple Street, so we wandered along enjoying the sights and smells and because we had no recommendations or ideas on where to eat, we totally confused ourselves!

We decided on Gum Gang Won, believe it or not, as we liked their tables and chairs outside! We thought they at least looked good!

The staff welcomed us with open arms, and there were two cold Tiger Beers in front of us in no time.

Even though we eat out a lot, Korean isn't one of our specialties, so we're not sure about the Fusion aspect but the food was fantastic. Before our Mains arrived we were given a host of small appetizers to get us under way, and this nearly filled us. The Pork and Chicken main dishes were delightful and the owner Fei ended up sitting with us and having a laugh.

She explained that the restaurant was started with husband (David) and wife (Fei), with mutual love, but we get the feeling that Fei does the work and David loves it!

What a shame we were only in Singapore for 4 nights, because we would've returned here again. It was the best food we ate there, reasonably priced (for Singapore) and great service.

Do yourself a favour, and go there!

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Thank windiewillows
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

I went to Chinatown for dinner, when looking for cozy restaurant with best price, suddenly one of its waitress come to me kindly offered & explained their menu, I am very interested in their hospitality and when looking at the menu, their prices also is very affordable, then i decided to try their food, incredibly the food is also delicious, i will never forget that Extremely friendly service, price and taste. I really recomend this korean restaurant, the place also clean but the toilet is so-so... but really recomend if you looking restaurant with best service, best food and best price!

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2  Thank SeeHandy
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