Kogi Kogi (고기고기) which means 'meat' (plural), is the name of a new Korean BBQ restaurant in south Jakarta, in the throbbing hotspot just around the corner from Senopati. The place is supposedly planned to open for public on Thursday, 5 July 2014, so this is preview of what the place has to offer.
In its essence, Kogi Kogi is an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant, which, according to one of the owners (who is a native Korean, by the way) aim to capture the middle class segment. As the current situation in Jakarta with Korean food is that the good and truly authentic ones are hyperbolic expensive, while on the other extreme, the affordable ones are barely decent. I have been to a so-called Korean buffet place in one of the shopping malls in North Jakarta and it was cringe-worthy. It is cheap indeed, but the food is rather sad.
So, the appearance of Kogi Kogi is a refreshing change in the scene. The vegetables are grown locally and organically using seeds imported directly from Korea. However, as the climate in Indonesia is not the same, the produce are slightly smaller than what it can grow up to under ideal conditions.
Simple minimalistic decor, light wood elements with minimal decor. The only decoration are the miniature Korean royalty dolls arranged on one of the walls.
From the buffet spread, we can choose the raw meat, vegetables, condiments (samiang sauce, suyu sauce, kogi kogi sauce, tokkochi sauce), which we can grill d.i.y. at the table or ask the cooks to grill at the central grill (but where's the fun in it? LOL)
Choice of meat:
- Galbi (beef short ribs)
- Bulgogi (marinated beef, thinly sliced)
- Dakgalbi (spicy chicken)
- Gungjung Dakgalbi (sweet marinated chicken)
- Galbijjim (braised pork short ribs)
- Dwaeji Bulgogi (spicy pork)
Other than the bbq meat, there are other ready-to-eat dishes as well such as:
- Japchae (Korean glass noodles)
- Buchu Jeon (Korean Chives pancake)
- Ssambab (Korean rice wraps)
- Korean rice pudding
- Soup and plain rice
A la carte menu:
Currently there are only 4 a la carte menu, made to order, one person is entitled to 1 of these 4 items:
1. Sundubu Jjigae - also known as Soon Tofu, which is hot and spicy Korean stew dish made with dubu (tofu), oysters, mussels, clams and shrimp, vegetables, mushrooms, onion, scallions, and gochujang. Take it like a Korean version of Tom Yum Goong.
2. Bibimbap - Korean mixed rice bowl.
3. Haemul Topokki - soft rice cake stew with fish cake and sweet red chili sauce (Kogi Kogi's version uses thinner sauce).
4. Steamed Egg
The all-you-can-eat, costs IDR 199,000++ / person, beverages are not included in the price.
Price wise, the buffet it is not as expensive as the high end Korean BBQ places, which charges hundreds of thousands rupiahs per plate of meat. Variety of food is enough, but may be seem a limited to some, so do not come expecting a massive spread like at hotel buffets. Do come here to enjoy the meat BBQ to your tummy's content (or until you're sick of meat LOL) and the quality as well as taste of food is definitely better than the one I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Basically I am contented with the service and food here, and I personally think the price is worth it. But then again, I am a newbie when it comes to Korean food, so what my palate think is decent, may not be shared by the (so called) Korean food experts (scoff!). But seriously, if you have a different opinion, because I'd like to know what is considered good Korean food (do leave your comment below).
*) Prices are subject to Service Charge and Government Tax
Kogi Kogi Korean BBQ
JL. Woltermonginsidi No. 85 (open location on Google Maps)
Ph: +6221 7264999