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.
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.
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.
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.
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.