Galbi is based on the traditional Korean barbecue that has been given a Western slant. Expect to enjoy tender loin fillets rolled in sundried tomato pesto with prosciutto ham or Japanese miso-marinated yellow tail with peppered egg noodles and spinach salad or perhaps some Thai chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce and sweet potato fries. For dessert, indulge in a mint, espresso or chilli infused fondue served with seasonal fruit.
I lived in Korea for three years so I can attest to the authenticity of the place. It's a wonderful and social experience with interesting food and interactive because you cook the food yourself. There were some interesting fusion starters and desserts
Celebrated my birthday at Galbi! Had a wonderful night! The different variety of meat is of n high standard! The braai experience with all the different marinades were very tasty! If your looking for something different accompanied with a very tast " braaibroodjie" this is just the place for atmosphere and laughter! This was pure joy!
My first visit to Galbi almost didn’t happen. Even though the restaurant is visible from Long Street, actually getting inside it required navigating through a back alley and past some shops in an obscure Cape Town mall.
On entering the venue – with walls the colour of autumn, Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and wooden slats dividing up the space – it was still hard to know what to expect. However, it soon became clear that this wasn’t just another hole-in-the-wall.
Galbi is based on the traditional Korean barbeque concept (the word means “rib”). Each table is fitted with a small sunken grill so that diners can cook their own food. (Brass extractors do their best to funnel away smoke, some of which still gets in your clothes.)
At first glance, the menu contains an overwhelming number of choices – some familiar, some exotic – which makes it easy to find yourself unable to decide. In cases like this, a good option is to go for one of four set menus, perfectly designed for two.
Owners Coenraad Groenewald and Louis Smit have chosen to keep the portion sizes small and prices on the low side, making it possible to try several different options in one sitting. That’s how I found myself eating warthog fillet and kudu loin for the first time (narrowly beating out zebra and springbok), both of which were quite good.
Galbi offers a range of appetisers (including eye-watering Jalapeno chillies stuffed with cream cheese and chives, and wrapped in streaky oak-smoked bacon) as well as a few vegetarian options (including surprisingly tasty tofu squares with green chilli, walnuts, and garlic).
Given my limited experience in the art of braai, I was a little hesitant at the idea of cooking my own food. And even though the waiter was available at the push of a button (each table has one), I was coached by a friend and (mostly) did the cooking myself.
In the end, the meat turned out a bit tougher than I would have liked, although I suppose I have nobody to blame for that but myself. Besides, I now have even more of a reason to perfect my skills by going again!
Brilliant setting and the option to "braai" your own meat. Sweet potato fries are amazing as well as the tempura veg - highly recommended! Only downfall, is you actually have to walk out the restaurant to go to the loo.
Dawid Schalk van Vuuren
Brilliant Korean cuisine! Great vibe! Good Service! Kimchi, perfect! Do go.