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4/5

Korean Barbecue KBQ

997/16, Sri Jayawardenapura, Welikada, Rajagiriya


KBQ in Rajagiriya does fried chicken and noodles, with a Korean twist.



KBQ was a popular Korean fried chicken joint, which shut down a few months ago. Good news is, they're back — with bigger premises and a bit more variety of food, including a few giant dishes of soupy noodles. And black noodles. Basically, a lot of noodles, chicken, and rice.

Service and Ambience

There are a few tables and chairs laid out in the front, but they've also got two private dining rooms. One's just with tables and chairs, but the other is more of a Japanese/ East Asian dine-in experience — a low-slung wooden table on a raised platform, where you have to remove your shoes before entering and then sit cross-legged around it.

The place is super clean, and the staff incredibly friendly. They make suggestions, give helpful tips, and even offers to take pictures for groups of friends and all that. They also have Kpop and music from K-dramas playing throughout. It was pretty much white noise to me, but the people I'd gone with are Kpoppers and they got pretty excited at some of the songs played while we were there. Given their reaction, I'm assuming it's popular and quite good.

The Food

They have about 12 solid items on their menu, but said that they'll be updating it soon, so there'll probably be more stuff soon. Given that this place is popular for its bbq chicken, we ordered a portion of Fire Chicken (Rs. 990), and a bunch of other stuff. 'Other stuff' includes noodles topped with black bean sauce, and more on that soon.

We got the Shimramyeon (Rs. 450) first. This was a huge bowl of soup with super thick noodles which tasted infinitely better than the stuff we regularly get here.

Shin Ramyun is essentially a brand of Korean instant noodles, and that's precisley what this is (and what it tasted like as well). More thicker and heavier than our two-minute noodles, this would be enough for at least two people.

Their Jjamppong (Rs. 1100) was equally large. This is a spicy Chinese-Korean noodle concoction, with a whole lot of seafood, veggies, and mushrooms thrown in. It's red and it can make you cry, so we like it. Personally, I'd have prefered a bit more salt to the dishes, but it was still pretty good. 

As you can see, it's pretty fiery. Another good thing about these food is the lack of oil. Whatever oil there is in the soup is mostly from the meat itself, as far as I could make out. And the Jjamppong is a meal in itself, with an abundant amount of cuttlefish and shrimp swimming in it.

I found their Jajangmyeon (Rs. 700) interesting and really hard to pronounce at the beginning. I've never had this before, and looked at it a bit askance as it arrived to the table.

The black gooey stuff is a sauce made of black beans. It congeals when it's left to cool, so we recommend eating it as soon as it arrives. It tasted quite good, and if I'm to make a local comparision, the paste/ sauce over it tasted practically like kidney beans. The friends I was with are avid Kpop fangirls, and Lee told me that this dish is especially eaten in Korea on April 14, a day when single people get together and mourn being single. It's called Black Day, and they dress in black and eat black coloured food. And go around being sad at their relationship status. I did some reading up on this and it's true. Fascinating.

Last up was the Bibimbap Bullseye Egg with Chicken (Rs. 800), and the Fire Chicken. Wooots!

The Bibimbap was beautifully presented and was soon a gooey mess. It is, after all, 'mixed rice' — white rice under a layer of meat, egg, and a lot of veggies. You take a spoon and then mix them all up together, and your meal is sorted.

We left the best for the last, which we shouldn't have because, fried chicken. It was a bit cold by the time its turn rolled around, but delicious nonetheless. We need more KBQs around because they do a hella better job than KFC can ever imagine. My only complaint would be that it wasn't really all that spicy despite its red-hot appearance, and bordered a bit on the sweet side.

We ordered the half-portion, so there were seven pieces and all of them were very chunky and fleshy. We like it.

Conclusion

With friendly and helpful staff and great food, we're glad KBQ is back. We were the only Sri Lankans there during lunch, and the rest of the customers were all Korean. Looks like they like it too. They haven't gotten any deserts yet, and only have soft drinks and fruit juice so far (the latter which wasn't available on the day we were in), but we their food is seriously filling so you won't have much space for anything else later on anyway.


TIP

Their fire chicken is popular

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Address

997/16, Sri Jayawardenapura, Welikada, Rajagiriya

Directions

Head down the Parliament Road through Rajagiriya. This is right past a Perera and Sons' outlet onto your left, and a little way before Pizza Hut.

Contacts

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Open 10 AM to 10.30 PM

Cuisine

Korean

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

BBQ Chicken Fried Chicken

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
4
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User Reviews
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3/5

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Hz

Pretty good value for money, dingy atmosphere though…

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1/5

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Oshada De Costa

This is my second time visiting KBQ due to the fact that KBQ consists of a menu which differ from the rest of the restaurants in Rajagiriya. Food is decent and a different experience for the Sri Lankan taste buds.
However all our excitement ends with an unpleasant service provided by the KBQ staff which also ended our wonderful evening with a bitter ending. All our orders were delayed unreasonably, even though we didn’t complaint at the beginning we had to complain the staff at the end since the last order was delaying us getting home. We had to go to the place where the waiter stood since he didn’t come towards our table, when we asked him to expedite the order he started to question our rights since for his unfortunate there were other customers’ front of us when we complained. The same waiter called few off his colleagues to make a scene out of our complain. Before things get heated up we decided to settle the bill and withdrawing from the location without making an incident due to an uneducated staff. After we settled the bill and was coming out of the parking lot a delivery boy from the KBQ who was riding one of the delivery bike started to threaten me stating that my friend who complained should have shut his mouth. Due to our colleagues generosity we collectively decided to leave the place without making an incident.
With utter disappointment I have to state this in a public post ‘which is the first time in my career’, KBQ management should be more sensitive with how they treat their customers. We don’t come to your restaurant to have food for free. We did pay for whatever we ordered. As per consumer law you can’t ask a customer to shut up when he/she is complaining about a poor service. I could have sued your organization for what have you done today which I’m not bothered.
To whom consider to visit KBQ, I rate 1 out of 10.

Oshada De Costa

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4/5

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la rêveuse

The staff is really friendly and helpful, they even let you taste food before ordering if you haven't tried korean food before. But the service is kind of slow

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3/5

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Hz

Pretty good value for money, dingy atmosphere though…

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1/5

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Oshada De Costa

This is my second time visiting KBQ due to the fact that KBQ consists of a menu which differ from the rest of the restaurants in Rajagiriya. Food is decent and a different experience for the Sri Lankan taste buds.
However all our excitement ends with an unpleasant service provided by the KBQ staff which also ended our wonderful evening with a bitter ending. All our orders were delayed unreasonably, even though we didn’t complaint at the beginning we had to complain the staff at the end since the last order was delaying us getting home. We had to go to the place where the waiter stood since he didn’t come towards our table, when we asked him to expedite the order he started to question our rights since for his unfortunate there were other customers’ front of us when we complained. The same waiter called few off his colleagues to make a scene out of our complain. Before things get heated up we decided to settle the bill and withdrawing from the location without making an incident due to an uneducated staff. After we settled the bill and was coming out of the parking lot a delivery boy from the KBQ who was riding one of the delivery bike started to threaten me stating that my friend who complained should have shut his mouth. Due to our colleagues generosity we collectively decided to leave the place without making an incident.
With utter disappointment I have to state this in a public post ‘which is the first time in my career’, KBQ management should be more sensitive with how they treat their customers. We don’t come to your restaurant to have food for free. We did pay for whatever we ordered. As per consumer law you can’t ask a customer to shut up when he/she is complaining about a poor service. I could have sued your organization for what have you done today which I’m not bothered.
To whom consider to visit KBQ, I rate 1 out of 10.

Oshada De Costa

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la rêveuse

The staff is really friendly and helpful, they even let you taste food before ordering if you haven't tried korean food before. But the service is kind of slow

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5/5

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Shanaka Tharinda Perera

They have some quality Korean foods

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2/5

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Malinthe YAMU STAFF

This place needs some serious upgrades. Nothing feels clean, service is slow. Chicken was fine but most of the other dishes were nothing to write home about. Saw a rat running outside the premises.

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shar

ordered take away and it was so spicy couldnt even eat it.had the fire chicken which literally set us on fire.chicken bokeum was worse…so full of chillie.definitely not authentic korean as korean food is definitely not spicy

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Sonnali

Checked out the place last night after reading the review and I have to say I liked the food very much. The portions were big and the prices were quite affordable. We had a Janggeumi and Shinramyeon which were 500 and 350 respectively. Definitely going again.

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