I learnt about Grace Road Kitchen from the advertisement in the Fiji Airways magazine. The Korean restaurant is run by Grace Road Group Limited, a South Korean church-based foundation set up in the Pacific. I didn't take note of the address, but happened to come across it while wandering around Nadi Downtown.
Bibimbap FJD 12.00 (~S$7.75)
I wouldn't want to miss the chance to try their humble Korean dish of rice mixed with vegetables. What I found unique was the use of pickled papayas, something which I'd never had before when eating bibimbap. While most of the vegetables were alright, it was unfortunate that the lettuce was kinda stale. The accompanying black bean paste wasn't spicy, while the soup scored well with its clean sweetness. Pika's advice: You can request to add meat into the dish by paying more, of course.
Black Bean Noodle FJD 13.00 (~S$8.40)
The jajangmyeon (lit. fried sauce noodle) was pretty good as the noodle made of white wheat flour was pretty springy, doused with a generous serving of the same black bean paste that came with the bibimbap. On top of having sliced mushrooms, the dish was garnished with crisp sliced cucumbers.
Tang Soo Chicken (Medium) FJD 14.50 (~S$11.65)
What I relished most was the Korean sweet and sour chicken, which balance of flavours was just right. Being lightly breaded, the tender chicken chunks were a joy to pop into the mouth. The dish really made a good complement to the bibimbap. BTW, there are only two sizes available; medium and large.
Red Detox FJD 12.00 (~S$7.75)
To finish off, a glass of healthy blend of red capsicums, wolfberries, beetroots, apples, tomatoes and carrots was what I needed. I requested for a bit of sugar to be added into the juice, which helped to mask the slight raw taste of the vegetables.
The people running the restaurant are friendly, though a bit reserved as they are probably the shy kind.
Any idea what the picture above shows? Those are kava roots. I'll talk more about them in my travel blog. :)
When visiting Sigatoka, approximately an hour's drive from Nadi Downtown, do check out the famous Natadola Beach. The tides were pretty strong when I was there though.
Grace Road Kitchen
(Daily: 9.00am - 9.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,