What a quaint name!
That’s the first thought which crossed my mind when I came across this name for a Korean restaurant in Solaris recently. It’s meant to capture the ambience of an old classroom back in the good old days. The colourful wooden tables and chairs are reminiscent of my primary school although we never had such vibrant colors for our school desks – they were all brown and scratched, I remember.
There are special menus written on boards hung on the wall and customers can choose from these or from the regular menus. Children eating here get to have their own colourful plates and cutleries – how thoughtful!
If you are dining in a group of 3-4, then it’s good to order the Passion Bento (RM88 nett) which consists of several of their specialities.
In that set, 1 whole chicken is served, half of it as regular fried chicken, the other half as Fried Yang Neum Chicken coated in sweet chilli sauce. Also served in this set are Jab Chae (stir-fried Korean glass noodles with vegetables), kimchi bib guksu cold noodles and fried glass noodles covered with seaweed and Korean rice balls. It’s really a very substantial set.
While the Japanese have their maki rolls, the Koreans have their kimbap. Kafe Go To School does a few varieties but their most popular ones are the Korean Original Kimbap (RM11.90) and their Salmon Roll (RM27.90). Both are tasty and fulfilling.
More rice? Check out their Salmon Rice Pizza (RM35) and Cheese Kimchi Bulgogi Rice Burger (RM19.90). I liked the crispy rice pizza topped with just-cooked salmon pieces and lots of briny ebikko.
I never miss a seafood pancake whenever I dine in a Korean restaurant and the Haemul Pajeon – Seafood Scallion Pancake (RM24) here is pretty good. The scallions give it a heavenly aroma and I like how the sides are nicely charred for that extra dose of fragrance.
We tried 2 soups here and the Dakk Han Mari (RM70) Chicken Ginseng Soup passed with flying colors. The herbs are nicely balanced and the soup has been simmered for hours and every spoonful is full of chicken goodness.
The Kimchi Jjigae (RM23) on the other hand was a disappointment. It looked robust enough but sadly, the flavours didn’t quite make it and all I could taste was just extreme chilli hotness.
What turned out to be a winner was the So Gal Bi Jjim (RM126) – Braised Short Ribs in a soy sauce broth made sweeter with carrots, radish, chestnuts and jujube. The ribs were tender yet still retained a nice bounce in texture.
Korea’s most popular dessert – Bingsu is well known in this cafe. There are several options, like the U-Ja Cheesecake Bingsu, Green Tea Bingsu (RM24.90) and the crowd favourite,Very Very Thank You Bingsu (RM33). All the bingsu variations use finely shaved milk ice as its base so they taste pretty much “universal” once the toppings have been eaten.
Kafe Go To School is a great place to chill-out and definitely a hit with kids who love the K-Pop trend. Or even if they’re not into that, the bingsus will keep most people happy.
KAFE GO TO SCHOOL
18G Ground Floor
Jalan Solaris 3
Solaris Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hours: Sun-Thurs: 10am till 11pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Fri-Sat: 10am till 1am (Last order at 12.30am)
I guess Korean’s the new jap kan, glad to see newer Korean concepts springing up
Yeah, the K-wave here is ever strong!