December 3, 2008
Generally, we love eating here in Bucheon. We’ve reviewed Bucheon’s Dubu House, Chicky Pub, and Don Day Restaurant, and have loved all three of them and – still – highly recommend them to everyone in the Bucheon area. There are some restaurants, though, that we need to warn you Bucheonites about: for the first time on eatyourkimchi.com, we’re going to give a review/warning of a bad restaurant.
See, we were looking for some good non-Korean food; growing up in Canada, we have grown accustomed the many different foods of many different culture. We wanted to see how Korea’s multicultural cuisine held up. Our first attempt at a non-Korean food restaurant (apart from burger joints, which are international) was at a Thai restaurant here in Bucheon: the Sala Thai Restaurant, on the top floor of the Hyundai Mall. We were excited when we first saw it, because it looked pretty decent on the outside. The menu had a decent selection of Thai food, including Pad Thai and coconut shrimp. The prices weren’t all too friendly, but we were hankering for Thai food, so we bit the bullet and ordered. Boy, were we disappointed.
Taste: 1.5/5 – Simon wanted to give this place a 0. His food was awful. Martina’s wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t good, so she gave her plate a 2.5 out of 5. Our shrimp appetizers were pretty bad, so they also got low grades. We can’t give this place entirely a 0, because it’s not revolting, but it’s lack of flavor is overwhelming.
Side Dishes: 0/5 – There weren’t any actual side dishes here, so we decided to count appetizers into the equation instead. The appetizers sucked; they were overpriced and untasty.
Bang for Your Buck: 0/5 – The appetizers cost 12,000 won. Our meals were 11,000 won each. Altogether, we spent 34,000 won on food that wasn’t good at all. For 34,000 won we could eat five meals elsewhere (we’ve been eating at the dokbokki stands lately. We can both get stuffed for 6,000 won).
Overall, stay away from Sala Thai. We were really disappointed with this place. If you know of any good Thai food places here in Korea, PLEASE TELL US! We’ll continue trying out new places and – hopefully – we’ll be able to give a good recommendation of a non-Korean restaurant here in Bucheon soon.