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“No frills Korean BBQ with express service”

Sae Ma Eul Jaya One
Ranked #300 of 1,740 Restaurants in Petaling Jaya
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Came here for dinner with my family. Made reservation as suggested by reviewers. Got there early enough to see many empty tables but they quickly filled up after 6.30pm. What struck us was how small many of the tables were, so the restaurant is not able to serve many dishes, for a table for 4. Service was very quick after we ordered our food. They came out almost immediately. We had a BBQ set of pork shoulder, belly and baby octopus, with sides of cold noodles (mul-naeng myun) and kimchi stew (kimchi jiggae). The charcoal fire was big and we had to keep turning out meat to prevent burning - so some skills is needed to ensure that you don't overcook your meal. We found the meat very flavoursome, tender and juicy. It was served with lettuce leaves, raw garlic and a green chili, as well as 2 dips for the meat. the noodles and the stew were both very authentic and flavoursome. It was a pretty quick dinner as we finished in less than an hour. Overall it was satisfiying if you are just there for a meal with family and friends and not expecting too much comfort. It gets smoky easily, with the space at the table being rather small so maneuvering around with tongs and chopsticks get quite tricky. The table was also quite greasy and there were flies on it when we arrived. Nevertheless, given the relatively low price compared to many other Korean restaurants, this place is definitely value-for-money. It's also a cash only restaurant. So bring enough Ringgit. For those on wheelchair, or have difficulties climbing stairs - I didn't see any lift access to the restaurant, which is on the first floor. As a landmark, is the side of Malone's pub, which is just across from the entrance of the restaurant. Waiters seem to be mostly Myanmarese and they understand simple straightforward instructions. So on the whole, we had a good dinner.

2  Thank Alvin N
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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Food taste good and staffs were friendly. Unfortunately me and my friends had diarrhea after it. When the raw meats are served, we realised that it weren't chilled meat. The meat is in room temperature state. I wouldn't recommend coming here too often because the fire directly burns the meat when we are bbq-ing. They uses charcoal which is good but it is hard to control. So, besides diarrhea i had slight sore throat after it too.

Note: This place is superb warm even if you are sitting in air conditioned areas.

Thank Jooellee
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Boss very friedly & food very good. Normally I dont like Korean but this is exceptiona. Food season to the right texture.

Thank carsam c
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Nice environment with good food. Love the marinated meats especially belly pork. As well, it's my first time to try on the baked rice ball. So nice to go with Soju.

We were lucky to meet the owner, Mr Ha. He is so friendly although with limited English words. We still can communicate with him. He taught us a new drink - Soju with beer. Quite a good combination though.

We will visit again with our gathering party in March soon... see you soon.

Thank LoveSunlight
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Sometimes having meals in a restaurant, great food is not the most important that make your dining experience fantastic, but the people. Friendly boss, great staffs, and nice food with reasonable price. Would definitely visit regularly and what matters most is their kind and friendly attitude.Btw, trust me, the kimchi here is superb!

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