Located near Astor Hotel, the recently opened Koyeosa Restaurant specialises in Korean cuisine. Diners are served with two types of Korean side-dishes - kimchi and pickled vegetables, to help sate their hunger while waiting for their dishes to arrive.
The perfect dish for sharing with friends, the chicken in their Dakdoritang (Spicy Chicken Hotpot) was tender and complemented well by potatoes, carrots and sweet potato noodles. Be aware that the broth packs a potent spicy punch. If you desire, you can order a bowl of rice to mix into the broth after eating the ingredients of the hotpot.
Dakdoritang (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Among the dishes listed under the Korean charcoal BBQ selection, the pork in their Dwaeji Galbi was cooked just right with a good amount of "char-grilled" flavour. The pork also had a delectable sweet-savoury flavour and the cabbage salad it was served with partnered it nicely. Their Korean charcoal BBQ dishes come with three types of sauces - chilli paste, a sesame oil based sauce and an oil-based sauce that the meat can be dipped in to add an extra element of flavour.
Their Kimchijeon (Kimchi Pancake) was notable for having a thick texture but yet had an appetizing crisp exterior. There was also enough kimchi in the pancake to give it a spicy taste that should be suitable for most tastes. Served with the pancake was soy sauce to dip it in if you like to add a bit of saltiness.
Kimchijeon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For a milder option, there is the Haemulbuchujeon (Seafood Pancake). Compared to the Kimchi Pancake the Seafood Pancake had a meatier texture from the generous amount of seafood in the batter. The dipping sauce accompanying the dish also had what seemed to be chilli if you desire to add a bit of spice.
Haemulbuchujeon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A dish that can be expected to be seen at any Korean restaurant, their Korean Fried Chicken can be ordered as solely consisting of Sweet Soy, Spicy Chicken or a combination of the two. The chicken was cooked just right with the Sweet Soy Chicken having a wonderful sweet-savoury flavour and the spiciness of the Spicy Chicken was not too intense. Served with the chicken was a small salad to add an element of freshness.
Korean Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Despite what its name suggests, the Mandu served here resemble Gyoza rather than the Korean dumplings served at Mandoo Korean Dumplings. This did not affect their enjoyment however, with the filling being very juicy and the skins not too tough. As expected, soy sauce was provided for dipping the dumplings in to give them more flavour.
Mandu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant gave it a cosy feel though seating space is somewhat limited, with seating space for about twenty customers. If you are looking for a place to enjoy Korean cuisine, consider giving Koyeosa Restaurant a try.
Korean Side Dishes (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Dwaeji Galbi Dipping Sauces (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)