Wed 20 Jul 2016
Last weekend I went for dinner at Korean Restaurant Ong Gie at Tollcross with my husband. He had been before and loved it, but it was my first visit.
The restaurant is quite small and modern in design. It was quiet when we arrived at 6.30pm and we got a warm welcome. We ordered a bottle of Gewurztraminer to share, which we often choose at Asian restaurants as it goes really well with the spices and flavours.
Our starters arrived quickly after we ordered. We shared Spring Rolls and Pork Dumplings, which were both really good. I’m not normally a fan of spring rolls as they can be quite bland and dry, but these were full of flavour – which I think came from the Kimchi (traditional Korean fermented cabbage).
As soon as the waitress took our starter plates away, our mains arrived. It is the quickest gap between starter and main I have ever known! I had Sogogi Doenjang Sauce Bokoom, which is slices of beef in bean paste sauce. It was sooo yummy! My husband had Sagogi Yangyum, deep fried shredded beef in sweet chilli sauce, which was very tasty too. We shared an egg fried rice with sweetcorn and peas. Even the rice was delicious!
Every table at Ong Gie has a hot plate in the middle, as some of the dishes allow for you to cook your own meat. We saw a couple on another table doing this and it looked like good fun. Maybe next time we’ll have a go!
The service was quick and the staff were so attentive. It was the little things – they waited for me to come back from the bathroom before serving our starters, and when they saw me struggling with chopsticks they brought a knife and fork over straight away. They were also very friendly and polite.
By the time we were leaving the place had really filled up with diners. It’s obviously a very popular restaurant. It was a shame we were served so quickly really, as we were finished and away within an hour. That probably came from booking too early. We definitely plan to go back to this fab little place.
Ong Gie, 22a Brougham Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JU