Having established Kokuryo – a successful Korean restaurant in Glasgow for the last five years – owner Mr Kwon has decided to head east with his brand new venture. Shilla is named after the Korean kingdom that led cultural developments in the country, as explained in a potted history on the front of the menu.
Lots of attention to detail has been applied to the interior, with three separate rooms full of traditional Korean art and various cosy private dining areas.
Starters include gun man do, home-made succulent pork dumplings encased in crispy shell, or tempting pa jeon, a Korean-style omelette with seafood and spring onion (also available as a vegetarian option), which is a meal in itself. Sizzling oh sam bul go ki, Korean bulgoki (spicy pork) with squid is a main course with a mixture of intense flavours and a good kick. Or opt for the immense Jjam bbong, an amazing assortment of seafood swimming in spicy home-made noodle soup.
With a buzzer to call for attention on each table, the friendly and helpful service means that you will not be afraid to ask for an explanation on the range of exotic dishes on offer. Shilla is definitely worth a try.