Both 들플 restaurants are run by the same family. The mother runs the larger 한정식 (han jung shik) restaurant serving ddeokgalbi (of course) and the son runs the nearby bibimbap restaurant; the focus of this review. They’re both located right across from the Gwangju Lake dam (map) and because they’re just a few kilometers from the house, were some of the first restaurants we visited. Unfortunately our first visits to both were lackluster and because there are so many other restaurants around, we never really went back and simply forgot about them.
That is until about a month ago. During at least three unrelated conversations with three very different people, the name of this place came up. It’s not exactly an inconvenient location and our initial visit wasn’t necessarily bad, so we headed back to see what, if anything had changed.
Sure enough, the signage outside was new. Possible renovation? A good sign (no pun) nonetheless.
I remember our first visit being sort of uncomfortable because it was so empty and quiet inside. Needless to say we were shocked when we walked into a full and absolutely bustling restaurant. I had to go back the next day just before opening time to get the second (people-free) picture of the dining room.
The bibimbap comes out just about when you’ve finished these snacks. It arrives as a stacked combo; the heavy dolsot bowl/rice on the bottom and a large brass bowl filled with your bibimbap selection on top. Another large brass plate with homemade kimches. A+ for presentation for sure.