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Address:991, Rama 1 Rd., Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Tel:+6626109456

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 11:00-21:00

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New style of Korean food in Bangkok. Not a grilled food, so your hair and your clothes will not be smoked!!

tudarithailand@gmail.com

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A distinctly relaxing dining experience geared to lunch

The contemporary setting of the chain restaurant.

Sometimes you just don't know what you've been missing out on until you've had it. Well, that's exactly what happened to me after we decided to visit the newly opened Tudari restaurant a few days ago.

Here in Bangkok, where diners can find almost any type of cuisine from around the world, traditional Korean restaurants _ where the tabletop barbecue is the specialty _ are among the most abundant establishments around. And while there are plenty of cutting-edge Japanese sushi joints, oh-so-modern Chinese restaurants and uber-chic Italian restaurants throughout the city, there are very few casual Korean eateries.

Opened a few months ago to offer local diners more restaurant choices while also catering to fans of K-pop culture, Tudari is a modern Korean restaurant co-owned by a Korea-based company and Thai proprietors.

The two branches in Thailand, one in Thong Lor Soi 13 and the other at Siam Paragon, are among more than 2,000 outlets worldwide.

Recently, we stopped by the restaurant at Siam Paragon for a quick lunch on a weekday. As first-time customers to Tudari, everything seemed tempting, from the mouth-watering plastic food models displayed at the restaurant's front entrance to the fully-illustrated picture menus and prices _ a good deal considering the portions they served.

A combination platter of grilled skewered meat.

Our lunch started off with the Combi Set (300 baht). The appetiser platter, ideal for a party of two or more to share, featured an assortment of Korean-style grilled meat on skewers, similar to yakitori. But what made these skewers different from the Japanese counterpart was the sauce. The Japanese-style skewers involves modestly seasoning the meat with either soy sauce or salt, while the Korean-style skewers the meat is thoroughly leavened with ingredients to give it a sweet, pungent glaze.

The eight skewers, which we found fairly satisfying, included grilled chicken with leeks, spicy chicken wings, spicy cubes of chicken filet, winter mushroom roll wrapped in bacon, cheese-bacon roll, potato roll, tok wanja (seasoned minced chicken and vegetable patties), and sevo wanja (prawn cake topped with cheese).

Following the skewered treats was the dolsot bibimbap, a traditional Korean mixed rice dish served in a hot stone pot. The dish came with choice of pork or beef, on which we settled for the latter (280 baht).

Dolsot bibimbap, or traditional Korean mixed rice in a hot stone pot.

Accompanied by a clear seaweed soup, the photogenic dish presented a decent serving of warm rice topped with eight ingredients, including sauteed beef, bean sprouts, mushrooms, spinach, finely sliced omelette, carrots, and raw egg yolk. All the elements are then mixed together with gochujang (a savoury and pungent fermented Korean sauce) in a hot stone bowl to allow them to slightly cook against the side of the container, as well as for the rice to get a nice crunchy texture to it. Though flavoursome, after just a few bites, I couldn't say that I was particularly impressed by the overall quality of the dish.

The rather naive meal got more piquant with an order of seafood topokki (290 baht), another of the restaurant's most popular items. On a large, sizzling metal pan and in a reddish sea of sweet and spicy Korean chilli sauce, presented us with gummy soft Korean rice cakes filled with mussels, squid and prawns. This flavourful dish lent a mild and creamy touch thanks to the melted mozzarella that was showered on top. Enjoyed the same way one usually does when eating noodles, this gooey rice cake proved to be a nice treat.

Topokki featuring rice cake and seafood in sweet and spicy Korean chilli sauce.

As soon as the spicy oden soup (250 baht) was served, we knew our tongues were in for a real challenge. Looking like hot magma ready to erupt from a volcano, the orange-coloured chilli soup served in a hot stone pot bubbled so fiercely that a thick layer of froth totally covered the mushrooms, leeks, chillies and fish balls underneath.

It was so hot we had to wait a few minutes for the soup to cool down before we could try it. This fiery salty soup, in which chopped Thai garden chillies were infused to add a more peppery zing, was deliciously addictive. Besides, it went very nicely with the delicate fish balls. We would have finished it all in a second had the soup been a little less spicy.

The desserts on offer were Sweet Potato Ice Cream (80 baht) and Honey Bread (160 baht). Although they both sounded inviting, we had to rush off (busy schedule) and sadly did not get to try them.

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991, Rama 1 Rd., Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

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