Ola Korean BBQ Garden was recommended to me when I asked my Korean friend which is her favorite Korean restaurant in Solaris Mont Kiara. It is a consensus among her and her Korean friends at least , that Ola is one of the best in the area.
The first excitement we encountered were the side dishes – which consist of nine plates of copious amounts of various kinds of kimchi and vegetables; copious enough that we only topped up 3 plates of side dishes when most of the time we tend to top up everything. The side dishes are also changed periodically to prevent monotony. The kimchi that was served on that day was atypical, being non-fermented yet equally fiery.
My Korean friend took charge with the ordering and it’s good because she ordered kongbigi jiigae (RM 25) and kongguksu (RM 25), which are two things that the restaurant is famous for among the Koreans, duplicating authentic Korean flavors.
Both dishes are soy bean based and look a bit heavy because of their viscosity, but surprising the soy bean puree is light with an uber-fine texture. The kongguksu is a cold dish where soba noodles are smothered in the smooth soy bean puree; especially refreshing on a scorching day.
The kongbigi jiggae comes piping hot with a bit of minced pork within but this time it’s covered in a reddish yellow soy bean paste because of the addition of finely shredded kimchi. My friend mentioned that if you were to go to Korea and order these two dishes there, they would taste exactly the same as the ones in Ola Restaurant.
The rice that comes with kongbigi jiggae has a uncommon red hue with the black rice as part of the ingredient.
The gypposel, or pork belly pieces are grilled to perfect so they are browned equally on both sides for a crusty surface. Besides the lettuce leaves that usually accompanies the meats, a second type of leave is provided – the mint leaves.
We visited the restaurant on a different occasion, because I wanted to try the duck items on the menu. We ordered “hunhe & pork ori”, or smoked duck + smoked pork on hot plate (RM 70). The meats were sizzled on the hot plate laced with a layer of chives, intensifying the smoky flavor while browning the edges of the slices. Truly a delectable dish.
We also ordered an impressive halmae bossam (napa wrap with pork, RM 83). The pork is braised till supple while the fats melt in your mouth, maintaining a sufficient level of greasiness yet not too sinful it because the fat layers are so thin. It’s another scrumptious dish best enjoyed with an array of vegetables provided.
The restaurant has private rooms available for bigger parties.
It is located on the 1st floor of Soho building, just above Salt Lick; you’ll be able to see it if you are standing at the BBQ K / DHS Mart Shoplot.
Address: J-01-12, Soho KL, Solaris Mont Kiara.
Opening Hours : 10 am – 11 pm.