It’s a funny obsession that is very apparent in South Korea – the number of “Pizza, Pasta and Steak” places made available are ample to say the least. And I am not talking about the Western franchises like TGI Friday’s and Outback Steakhouse. I mean the locally owned western themed restaurants.
Kitchen5 is another one of these little gems (insert sarcasm here), bless their little cotton socks. Found on the street that runs parallel to the street the fire station is on, Kitchen5 is on the second floor above The Gam clothing store.
A word of warning: don’t be fooled by the word “Steak” plastered across their windows, if that is indeed what you’re craving. We have been eating so much Korean and Japanese lately, that we thought that we would take a chance, and just try the first restaurant that stood out. The result – cheap dinner, but not much else more.
Inside the restaurant, it is exactly the intimate type of place that you would take a first date, or if you just like eating in pretty surroundings. Try not to sit at the tables near the windows though, it appears that they do not own a feather duster, and so, the window sills are a little filthy.
We ordered numbers three, nine and twenty-one, all of which came out in substantial portions, and did not take very long at all to come out (which pleased my husband immensely). Unfortunately the food was very ordinary, and definitely nothing to write home about. Basically, we ate it because it was dinner time, we were hungry, and it was in front of us. So disappointing.
The pork cutlet was supposed to have sweet potato, however I am not too sure where it was hiding, as the cutlet itself had cheese in the middle and was saturated with BBQ sauce. I would definitely recommend asking for the sauce separately if you can manage it. The BBQ sauce flashing off with the steam is overwhelming when it gets up your nose.
#3 Sweet Potato Pork Cutlet – 8,000 Won
My seafood pasta was more than generous in portion. It could definitely feed two people easily. My husband’s first comment at my meal – “Would you like some pasta with that sauce?”, and it was about right. It was spicy and tomato-ey with pasta and seafood, so completely satisfied the menu description. My stomach on the other hand, has had its fair share of spectacular pasta, and unfortunately this wouldn’t even rate.
#21 Seafood Pasta with Spicy Tomato Sauce – 15,000 Won
You think Pizza base, tomato paste and cheese – how could anyone get it wrong? Well, apparently you can. I cannot even begin to describe my daughter’s displeasure at her meal. She did well to finish one and a half slices though, just for functionality purposes – to satisfy her hunger.
#9 Margarita Pizza – 6,000 Won
I think that I can confidently say that it would be unlikely that I will return to this eatery ever again. Having said this, one man’s junk may be another man’s treasure! If you decide to give Kitchen5 a chance to serve you a meal, you can find them at the following location.
Address: Level 2, 29-1 Jeolmeumui-geori, Jung-gu, Ulsan, South Korea
Alternative Address: 191-27, Seongnam-dong, Jung-gu, Ulsan, South Korea