Korean

Gachi – Killarney Gem

Gachi is a neighbourhood restaurant that L and I frequent for reasonably priced and creative Korean fusion food. Located in a strip mall in Killarney, Gachi is easy enough to miss. The restaurant itself is small, so I always make reservations to secure a table.
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Of the appetizers, I’ve sampled the Orange Ebi (shrimp) ($8.00), the Wild Calamari ($9.00) and the Big Boss Roll ($13.00). The shrimp is battered and heavily doused with a tangy house made orange mayo sauce. Though the sauce is sweet, it isn’t cloyingly so.

The batter of the calamari is reddish and taste similar to cayenne. Personally, I found the batter a little doughy and lacked that satisfying crispness. I do like the addition of the jalapeno sticks and the tomato pickle sauce.
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The Big Boss Roll ($13.00) is packed full of seared tuna, salmon, ebi, avocado and cucumber. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of sushi at a Korean restaurant. The sushi rice is well cooked though not fragrant with vinegar or sugar.
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L’s favourite dish is the Bowbolgi Donburi ($13.00). This rice bowl offers good value – filled with delightful medley of perfectly sauteed vegetables, BBQ beef and lovely thing strands of egg omelet. The presentation and flavours of the marinaded beef beats out its competitors.
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The dish I’m crazy about is the Bon Thai ($14.00). A small deep-fried soft shell crab and shrimp, the seafood swims in a mildly spicy, creamy yellow curry. I like how the seafood remains crispy despite its creamy coating of curry.

It seems all the neighbourhood eateries are getting too busy for walk-in. Newcastle has a line-up on Wednesdays (wing night). Cassis requires at least one week for a dinner reservation. Then the newly renovated Himalayan is packed full every night, making it hard to drop by for a spontaneous dinner. I hope Gachi doesn’t get too busy, but if it does, it deserves all the success in 2015.

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