Update March 2016 – Golden Bell has opened a second location at Royal Palm Plaza (Saddle Road) in Maraval! Hours are 11am-9pm, Monday to Sunday. (868) 235-2350. Links to menu (chicken, beef & pork; gimbap & Korean ramyun; seafood, vegetarian & sides)
We’re totally smitten with GOLDEN BELL KOREAN RESTAURANT, the charm of its throwback decor, and the food, oh the food!
Located on Maraval Road in Newtown, POS, the dinner menu features all the Korean stalwarts — Shabu-Shabu (technically a Japanese dish but popular in Korea), Jeongol (hot pot), Jjigae (Korean stew), rice and noodle dishes, and appetizers like Kimchijeon (a savoury pancake-like dish) and Papaya Salad. All the restaurant’s tables have heating elements to make tableside Shabu-Shabu or Jeongol.
Golden Bell’s lunch lineup has a separate menu with more takeaway-friendly fare like the Mando (Korean dumplings), the Jaeuk (stir-fried pork & Korean pepper sauce), Stir Fried Tofu, and the Fried Seafood Rice.
For all those who love KFC, you must try this chicken! Golden Bell’s version is addictive — spicy, well-seasoned chicken with a perfectly crunchy exterior.
We paired the lunch entrees with an order of Mando, dressed up with a Korean sweet pepper sauce. Everything was washed down with Soju, a Korean rice liquor. The best part was the bill, three people ate for under $200! Beware though, the soju was an additional $120 (we ordered it after we had already paid for our food).
Address/Phone – # 58 Maraval Road, Newtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad; (868) 628-0214 or 478-2644
Serving/Hours – Lunch & Dinner: Monday-Saturday, 11am-10pm (last reservation is 8pm).
Features/Good to Know – Full service at dinner.
Other Korean dining establishments in Trinidad: