Guksu Restaurant is a popular eatery in Suntec City which specialises in Jeongol or Korean style hotpot meals. When we were there for lunch on a weekend, the restaurant was full and a short queue soon formed outside. Considering that there are so many dining options at Suntec City, was this an indication of a good dining deal here at Guksu Restaurant?
The Guksu Korean restaurant is quite a large restaurant. Its decor has a country feel to it. There are even plastic creepers growing on the wooden beams. As indicated on their signboard outside, Jeongol takes centre-stage here but there are other options for those who prefer something else. Here is a quick look at some of the menu items.
We decided to order one of the hot-pots, the Bulgogi Jeongol ($49.90) and a platter of fried chicken wings ($29.90) that the Koreans are known for. The hot-pots are meant for sharing and are said to be adequate for two to four persons.
While the hot pot was being prepared, we were directed to a table where various sauces and garnishes were available as well as kimchi. We helped ourselves to the kimchi and concocted some sauces.
The hotpot soon arrived. It looked like a mountain of food! But on closer scrutiny the food portion was not as generous as it looks as the Korean hotpot is different from the local steam-boat pot that we are used to. It was a shallow pan with a raised dome-shaped bottom, which made a mountain of food out of a molehill. The food, assorted vegetables, mushrooms and beef, was adequate for two if no other dishes were ordered.
The overall taste of the food was like a steamboat meal. The shape of the pot meant that the volume of soup at any time was quite low and special care had to be taken so as not to burn the food. Being new to this, we ended up with a messy situation.
Not the place to go for a first date, unless you are experienced with this kind of cooking.
The fried chicken wing platter was something we are more familiar with. The batter was light and crispy. Good to go with beer and the combo package with two beers at an additional $10 is something we would try next time. The honey date drinks ($4.80) were good.
Overall, the jeongol meals here at Guksu Restaurant were quite reasonably priced. We would probably enjoy the meal better the next time, now that we know the characteristics of the dome-shaped pan. The non-hotpot items also look interesting.
Overall rating: 3 TOPs
#02-384/385 Suntec City
3 Temasek Boulevard
Tel: 6334 7950
Nearby Stations: Esplanade, City Hall, Promenade,