In the vicinity of Mont Kiara, I have come across many Korean eateries but none of them draws my attention like Kafe Go To School does. With the classroom-like arrangement of colorful painted furniture outside the restaurant, it looks great as a casual dining spot on a lazy weekend.
True to its name, the cafe literally brings me back to school as soon as I step into the quirky space. It is a family business for a Malaysian and two Korean sisters, in which one of them is a master chef specializing in home-cooked Korean dishes in Japan and Taiwan for several years.
To cater for the local taste buds, they have come up with the trendy concept of combining both the Korean BBQ restaurant and Korean-style coffee and dessert cafe into one. That explains why the menu here is so extensive, ranging from classic Korean noodles, hot pot and snacks to innovative Korean bingsu, waffles and coffee.
Fresh Homemade Juices: Lemonade @ RM13, Grapefruitade @ RM14, Uja (Citron) @ RM10
We kickstart our meal with an array of thirst quenchers which are made of real, fresh fruits. They are deliciously sweet and tart, and packed with loads of Vitamin C. My favourite goes to Uja juice as this refreshing concoction exudes the fragrance of honey and citrus fruit peel.
Korean Original Kimbab @ RM11.90
The traditional appetizer is simple and perfect for those who prefer light meals. It may remind you of Japanese sushi, but they are different as Kimbab is served warm on its own (without any dipping sauce), using only steamed white rice (no vinegar) and the cooked ingredients (no raw fish) used include beef, pickled daikon, carrots, seasoned spinach, crabstick and omelette.
Yangneum Fried Chicken @ RM35 (Half chicken)
For meat lovers out there, this popular Korean-style fried chicken coated with thick spicy-sweet chilli sauce is highly recommended. The level of spiciness can be adjusted according to personal preference, so if you wanna be adventurous, do challenge the fiery hot and spicy Level 5!
The homemade sticky sauce is amazingly flavourful, just at the right amount of sweetness. Sprinkled with crushed peanuts, the chicken gives a nice crunch on the outside while retaining its fluffy white flesh inside. Thanks to the impeccable service, the plastic glove is definitely a major saviour to allow us enjoy the chicken at its best without any messiness.
Look at the size of the drumstick! Half chicken (7 pieces in total) is ideal for 2-4 pax sharing.
Salmon Rice Pizza @ RM35
Next up is the first salmon pizza I've tried which uses rice and salmon meat as the base instead of the usual pizza dough. The beautiful presentation by itself already excites me, and I doubt I can find such unique creation elsewhere!
It features a crispy, crumb-coated rice base, which remains hot and soft inside, with generous toppings of salmon slices and tobiko. The accompanying sauce consisting of pickle, mayonnaise and chilli also pairs surprisingly well with the pizza. Overall, this creative dish is lip-smacking good, hence is definitely a must-order item!
Hae Mul Pa Jeon @ RM24
Moving on, the seafood and spring onion Korean pancake is another traditional dish that you must not miss! Unlike the usual round-pizza-like variation I try in other Korean restaurants, Kafe Go To School serves it in thick squares that are well-layered with huge chunky spring onions.
Soft and slightly chewy, the pancake is lightly sweet on its own, while the roasted sesame topping further accentuates the aroma of the overall dish. However, I prefer dipping into the special chilli soy sauce for stronger savoury taste.
Value-for-money Weekday Lunch Sets
I notice that the menu features alot more dishes that I'd love to try, including the Braised Beef Ribs, Bulgogi Steak, Ginseng Chicken, Toppuki (Rice Cake), Rice Burgers, Ramen, Udon and Kim Chi Fried Rice. They even serve delicious lunch sets and bentos, pegged at affordable price tags.
As for the desserts, I am totally blown by the wide variety of Bingsu (Korean Ice Kacang), waffles and crepe cakes. Whether you are craving for hot or cold desserts, this cafe has gotten you covered.
Very Very Thank You Snow Milk Bingsu @ RM33 (Recommended for 3-4 pax sharing)
Just to illustrate how huge the portion is, I gotta show you my picture before I start digging into the snowy mountain of fresh strawberries, blueberries, corn flakes and Gelato ice cream drizzled with strawberry sauce.
I truly appreciate the Chef's effort for preparing everything from scratch, including the snowy ice base which is made of milk powder and water. Using a special ice shaving machine, the layer of ice shaves is extra smooth and milky, leaving a creamy sensation as it melts in the mouth.
It is frankly the most satisfying bingsu I have tried so far!
Vanilla Crepe @ RM13.90
My ideal afternoon tea here would be having a slice of Japanese crepe cake along with a cup of coffee,
while doing my work at a quiet corner.
1. Overall, I love the concept of Korean-Japanese fusion cuisine and the chef's creativity indeed wows me throughout the meal.
2. If you are craving for authentic Korean flavours of home-cooked dishes, here is the right place to go.
3. Recommended: Yangneum Fried Chicken, Salmon Rice Pizza, Korean Pancake
18G (Ground Floor),
Jalan Solaris 3,
Solaris Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2858 9627
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun-Thurs: 10am till 11pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Fri-Sat: 10am till 1am (Last order at 12.30am)