The thing that struck me about Banchan is the warm and casual atmosphere; it's bustling with people from the moment you walk in. The restaurant is also quite intimate and each table has a hot plate and an extractor fan over it. When we got the menu, we took our time reading up on every item. Better still, our waitress was very friendly and was happy to explain what each dish contained as well as give us her recommendations. Let's just say we're newbies when it comes to Korean food.
Despite wanting to try everything, we eventually decided on a few dishes - a delicious chicken and handmade noodle soup, a rice dish called bibimbap (a signature Korean dish which simply translates to 'mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables') and a vegetarian option, which came with a fried egg. We also ordered the traditional Korean BBQ, with the option of beef, pork or chicken. All these items came with different dipping sauces and, of course, the Korean staple - kimchi.
If you don't know, Kimchi is a traditional, fermented Korean side dish, usually made with cabbage and a variety of seasonings (it is very spicy). We absolutely loved it though and ate it with everything we ordered. We also got to cook our own meat, which was actually a lot of fun.
We ended this delicious feast with a heavenly dessert called Bingsu - a shaved ice dessert, served with fruit, ice cream and condensed milk. The owner even came to our table to ask if we had a good experience and if we were happy with our meal (which we were). She even offered us warm sweet tea, which she told us her mother makes.
If you're looking for a unique and different experience, you'll find it here. We walked out of Banchan feeling satisfied and completely content. We can't wait to go back!
By Barbara Sessel
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Located at The Leaping Frog Shopping Centre in Fourways, Arirang serves authentic Korean food. The restaurant is best for casual dining with family and/ or friends. There is also a full bar and takeaway service available. Alternatively, the restaurants accommodates small groups for seat-ins. Arirang is generally commended on great food that's sure to satisfy anyone!
For more information or reservations contact, 074 515 4648
Although self-proclaimed as a Japanese restaurant, Ninjing located in Bryanston also serves Korean food. Ninjing not only serves authentic Japanese and Korean food, but they also serve food suited to a more western taste. The overall menu incorporates traditional and contemporary food allowing for all their customers' taste preferences to be well catered for.
For more information or reservations contact, 011 463 2737
Located in Bedfordview, Seoul Delicious is a Korean style BBQ bar serving a range of quality meat. The restaurant also offers takeaway service, catering as well as outdoor seating. Seoul Delicious is great for either coffee breaks, lunch or dinner. Open everyday from 10:00 until 21:30, this Korean restaurant is a definite must-try!
For more information or reservations contact, 011 450 0553
Located in Parkmore, Sandton, Banchan is a family friendly Korean restaurant best known and loved for its delicious food that's served with impeccable presentation. The restaurant also offers takeaway service so if you don't feel like eating out, you can still enjoy their delicious food in the comfort of your home. Also try their Korean drinks for a wholesome experience.
For more information or reservations contact, 072 913 3269
Dae Jang Kum
Located in Rivonia, Dae Jang Kum is loved by many for its delicious authentic Korean food and drinks. Best for quick bites, lunch or dinner, this restaurant also offers takeaway service and serves alcohol. For a fuller Korean experience, their television is always set on Korean news, sports or soapies. Open from 10:00 to 22:00, you know where to go for your Korean food fix!
For more information or reservation contact, 011 234 7292
By Cleopatra Shava
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