After what seems like forever (I do apologise.. Biane yo :( ) the husband has gracefully crafted an entry for yet another eatery in Itaewon!
This may be a recurring trend now; him writing, me editing and adding more photos to the post, since I've been bogged down with heavy work. But alas, we have to keep you reading Korean stuff! heh. Enjoy!
Savaro is one of the newest halal establishments to pop up in the streets of jam packed Itaewon.
Opened mid-2014, Savaro serves mainly Malaysian fare. Yep, you guessed it: Enjoy your Roti Prata/Canai, Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, Ayam Goreng, and also Assam Laksa. Their posts on facebook do look delicious.
Perfect for those who miss Malaysian/Singaporean food or for those who don’t particularly fancy Korean food… in Korea… hmmm. OH WAIT. Backtracking that… they DO serve Korean Cuisine as well! (a discovery we only realised when we were there…though the fine print is that you’ll need to inform the restaurant a day prior so that they can prepare in advance). We visited the restaurant in Oct 2014 with the wife and sister.
Honestly, I wasn’t too thrilled visiting Savaro at first. Aside from the Halal factor (which is rare nonetheless) I’m not one to visit a place where I can eat that same thing back home; shouldn’t travelling be all about exploring and trying new things…? I would like to assume that Savaro is more for the Koreans and other foreigners to have a taste of what Malaysian/Singaporean food is like.
But. We gave it a chance, and while I ordered the Nasi Goreng Kampong, Kayos ordered the Fried Chicken dish coated in spicy sauce (it’s a fusion dish apparently).
The verdict: Wow. Totally proved me wrong. When I took that first bite of Nasi Goreng I felt like that food critic from the movie Ratatouille; it reminded me of home. That subtle belachan (prawn paste) flavour and each grain well mixed with that uniquely Malay rempah topped with a perfectly fried sunny side up egg, every bite was bursting with flavour.
The fried Korean Style Chicken was pretty good too. Well coated, and not too cloyingly sweet or overtly spicy. Perfect for sharing as a snack.
We intend to order other dishes the next time we visit Savaro with the in-laws this March.
[Update: The second time around, we realised that not all the dishes were as tasty. Would probably stick to the Nasi Goreng Kampong, the fried chicken and possibly satay. The Fried Kway Teow we had during the second visit was bland and oily. :( ]
More fun facts about Savaro:
1) They do have a buffet option (not sure if they have it recently)
2) Savaro is decorated with stuffed toys from the Singapore Zoo (yes we saw the Singapore Zoo logos on the monkeys and other ‘tropical’ jungle animals)
3) They do have a Muslim prayer room which also includes the ablution corner.
4) Their cooks are Malaysian. Yes I caught one of them abang-abangs checking Kayos out but again.. oh the Nasi Goreng Kampong… I digress.
5) Remember: You’ll need to inform the restaurant a day in advance if you wish to order things from their Korean food Menu: Bibimbap, Samgyetang (Chicken Ginseng Soup) and Pajeon.
6) Savaro is very spacious and could very well accommodate to 2 busloads of tourists. Hehe thankfully it was quiet when we visited the place.
Status: Halal Establishment (Malaysian/Muslim owned)
Location: From Itaewon Subway Station 1, walk down straight past KFC, and What the Book. Savaro will be on your right. Look out for the iconic purple sign.
Price: Slightly costly ranging from 12,000 to 30,000 Won per meal. Though it waspossibly due to higher cost for halal meats and Malaysian spices =)
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