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Kkongdon is located on the first floor of SAFRA Toa Payoh. It is a 5-min leisure walk from Toa Payoh Interchange. The restaurant is not immediately visible upon entering the cold building, one has to walk right in, past the lift lobby and through a pair of glass doors. We were here for dinner after a company event.The interior is dark because of the dim lighting in the middle and the strong lighting hitting against the walls from spotlights. I think that having Japanese katakana on the board bel
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Kkongdon is located on the first floor of SAFRA Toa Payoh. It is a 5-min leisure walk from Toa Payoh Interchange. The restaurant is not immediately visible upon entering the cold building, one has to walk right in, past the lift lobby and through a pair of glass doors. We were here for dinner after a company event.
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The interior is dark because of the dim lighting in the middle and the strong lighting hitting against the walls from spotlights. I think that having Japanese katakana on the board below the shop's logo is a bit confusing for people who are not familiar with both cultures.
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One table sits four people with a big pan in the middle and a smoke vent on top. There is a set of 5 types of sauces on the left and right side of each table. I didn't try them at all because they looked like they're pretty hot. The restaurant's not very spacious but it was still able to accommodate us when we requested for extra chairs around our table.
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The salad bar was very tiny. There were 8 types of vegetables at first. None are remotely nice except for maybe the super sour seaweed, raw lettuce and boiled lotus root. Later, halfway through our meal, they added big bean sprouts, and luckily it's not weird-tasting like the others! I tried all and only a few were okay, it's quite sad for a veggie lover like me.
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My colleague and I had Set A. Sweet marinated short ribs and spicy chicken. ($20.80++) The set includes:
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The raw ribs and chicken.
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Korean rice cakes.
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Bean paste stew with tofu.

And rice.
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The service staff did brush a layer of oil or something on the flat pan but our chicken and short ribs got stuck to the pan pretty badly!! They became charred really easily!! So the bits stuck onto the pan kept getting more and more charred. -_-"

The meat was still sticking to the pan even after the service staff came to brush layers of oil, twice. -_-"

Though the pan was really bad, the meat turned out quite okay. Mainly because of the marinate?

The short rib is tough and hard to separate from the bone. But the marinate makes it taste nice. It's not too salty nor sweet.

The spicy chicken is also tough and true enough, it's hot and spicy but nothing I can't take. However, it's a tad too spicy for my colleague.

The stew is okay, still edible. The tofu is soft and Singaporean market tofu. Didn't notice any meat inside though they're supposed to be there.

As for the final dish, it's the rice cakes. Like.. The colour of the dish is okay and may make one think it should taste nice but it's got no taste actually. Bland. Looks are deceiving.

Overall, it's a very bad dinner, it's the first time in a while for me to have such a disappointing meal. I will never go back to any Kkongdon in the future.
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2013-11-18 84 views
This Kkongdon Barbeque outlet is located at the first floor of Toa Payoh Safra, about a 10 minutes walk away from Toa Payoh MRT station. A convenient location to have a satisfying meal if you are around the area, or at the Safra enjoying their facilities.This is my first time dining at Kkongdon Barbeque and I was pleasantly surprised at how clean & well furnished the restaurant is. Each table comes with its own BBQ stove pan and smoke vent. The height of the smoke vent can also be adjusted. When
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This Kkongdon Barbeque outlet is located at the first floor of Toa Payoh Safra, about a 10 minutes walk away from Toa Payoh MRT station. A convenient location to have a satisfying meal if you are around the area, or at the Safra enjoying their facilities.
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This is my first time dining at Kkongdon Barbeque and I was pleasantly surprised at how clean & well furnished the restaurant is. Each table comes with its own BBQ stove pan and smoke vent.
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The height of the smoke vent can also be adjusted. When you are leaving the food to cook, you can lower down the smoke vent so the smoke & BBQ smell does not get into your clothes and hair. Very thoughtful design indeed.
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The restaurant serves Ala Carte meals, but you can help yourself to Korean side dishes at their free-flow salad bar with order of any of their meals. My personal favourites are the Korean marinated beansprouts and their fresh lettuces.

For my mains, I ordered a Short Rib with Black Pepper & Pork Belly Set ($20.80) to share with my colleague.
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The set comes with a good portion of meat enough for 2 person to share. The pork belly although a little fatty, is good for oiling the pan as well so the food doesnt get burnt.

The Short Rib marinated with Black Pepper was too spicy for us as we cant take heat well. We feedback to one of the staff about this and she immediately suggested helping us to wash away some of the black pepper on the meat.

Kudos to her and her great service that we do not have to let the meat go to waste. Instead we actually enjoyed the short ribs as the meat was fresh & tasty, after taking away the overpowering black pepper.

Also included in the set is a bowl of Chicken Bean Paste stew soup, and a small portion Korean rice cakes.
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The Chicken Bean Paste soup is very tasty, with flavours of the Korean miso but not too salty. It comes with generous amount of ingredients like chicken, cucumber, golden mushroom & tofu.
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The rice cakes are chewy although the sauce that comes with it is a little bland. An okay complimentary dish.

Overall my experience at Kkongdon Barbeque was great. Although it was Ala carte style, the food served was more than enough.. with free flow salad bar, meat, soup & rice cakes for less than $30 for 2 pax, I would say that it is really affordable & worth it.

Coupled with a nicely furnished relaxing setting and great service, I would definitely come back again with some friends for a get-together eating session!
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Eating Korean BBQ can be a pain sometimes when as I do not like ending up perspiring and leaving the place with a stench of unpleasant oil all over. Thank goodness for Kkongdon Barbeque, which is situated at the newly built SAFRA Toa Payoh, those who are craving for Korean BBQ can no longer suffer the fate of the oily stink and drenched clothes.Entering the restaurant was a complete different atmosphere compared to those Korean BBQ located at shophouses of Tanjong Pagar. The entire place was v
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Eating Korean BBQ can be a pain sometimes when as I do not like ending up perspiring and leaving the place with a stench of unpleasant oil all over. Thank goodness for Kkongdon Barbeque, which is situated at the newly built SAFRA Toa Payoh, those who are craving for Korean BBQ can no longer suffer the fate of the oily stink and drenched clothes.
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Entering the restaurant was a complete different atmosphere compared to those Korean BBQ located at shophouses of Tanjong Pagar. The entire place was very well ventilated, cool air-conditioning and equipped with smoke suction pipes on every table to absorb every single bit of stench from the enclosed dining area. There are tables fitted to sit 4 paxs as well as tables to sit 8 paxs for couples, families and big groups to enjoy the BBQ together.
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Upon seated, I realize that the Korean BBQ hot plate was slightly slanted to an angle so to allow the grease from the meat to flow onto the plastic sheet. Equipped with a gas stove under, diners can easily control the temperature of the grill according to their preference. I thought these little details are very thoughtful as people these days are very health-conscious as to eat healthy.
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Over here, after ordering the raw food from the menu, patrons are free to help themselves to the free flow of Korean banchans (side dishes), at the buffet counter which has a good range of home-style vegetables ranging from kimchi, ikan bilis, bean sprouts and lotus root.
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Not to forget, crunchy pickled radish and a whole lot of fresh green lettuce to be eaten along with the BBQ meats, exactly the style I love eating Korean BBQ!
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My colleagues and I had the Short Rib with Black Pepper & Pork Belly Set ($20.80++) BBQ set (for 2 paxs)which comes with Bean Paste Stew with Tofu (choice of chicken/beef),Korean Rice Cake and individual portion of steamed rice. Although I didn't enjoy the Bean Paste Stew and Korean Rice Cafe, from the colour of the Short Ribs, it seems that they had spent a lot of effort to marinate it with black pepper, hence the dark colour.
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I couldn't wait to place it on the hot grill to savour the juicy succulent meat wrapped with crunchy fresh green lettuce. Indeed, smoke from the grilling was all absorbed by the pipe that's above which is a PLUS POINT because my eyes are easily irritated by grease and smoke. Thankfully I didn't have to tear while enjoying the decadent pork belly and flavoursome short ribs.


Since I kept on filling my table with vegetables and more vegetables, the staffs were very attentive to help me clear the dishes that were stacking up and also topping up on our hot tea. When we asked for more spicy fermented bean sauce which is a MUST to have it on the meat and eaten wrapped in lettuce, they were very quick to give us more of it too. *thumbs up for great service!*
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I enjoy my dinner very much and before leaving the restaurant, I saw this on the wall with fellow Singapore bloggers recommending Kkongdon Barbeque. After dining here, I can understand why were they raving about and I have to say that you should visit this place for clean, cooling and delicious Korean BBQ that is of good value!

***Korean BBQ Tip***
If you are feeling very "gelat" from the meat and you're not a big fan of spicy food, get some kimchi and grill it on the plate. Take a little of it and eat it along with the meat especially for fatty meat like pork belly. It will not only help to get rid of the "porky" flavour but also taste appetizing too with the pickled sour taste! After grilling, the kimchi won't be as spicy compared to eating it raw.
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2013-11-06 35 views
It was my 2nd visit to kkongdon. (My previous experience at the ang mo kio branch was not bad.) Ordered their set dinner for 2. It comes with a plate of meat ( beef short ribs and pork belly), one small plate of spicy rice cake, a bowl of kimchi soup. There is also a buffet counter with a few types of kimchis. The Rice cake was quite soft but the cockles that comes with it tasted abit too fishy to me. The soup was not too bland and it was a little spicy. Overall, still not bad.
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It was my 2nd visit to kkongdon. (My previous experience at the ang mo kio branch was not bad.)

Ordered their set dinner for 2. It comes with a plate of meat ( beef short ribs and pork belly), one small plate of spicy rice cake, a bowl of kimchi soup. There is also a buffet counter with a few types of kimchis.

The Rice cake was quite soft but the cockles that comes with it tasted abit too fishy to me. The soup was not too bland and it was a little spicy. Overall, still not bad.
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2013-10-31 31 views
This pork belly is a bit too thick which quite take long to cook. We never used the condiments or the sauces because its quite funny taste to combine.Sauces are quite unique and have a different taste and so we never tried all the sauces. Beef Short Ribs is not smokey. There are bones in the beef that is why it is quite hard to cook. It is nice to eat with lettuce. The rice is like the japanese rice. Overall rating is quite ok.
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This pork belly is a bit too thick which quite take long to cook. We never used the condiments or the sauces because its quite funny taste to combine.
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Sauces are quite unique and have a different taste and so we never tried all the sauces.
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Beef Short Ribs is not smokey. There are bones in the beef that is why it is quite hard to cook. It is nice to eat with lettuce. The rice is like the japanese rice.

Overall rating is quite ok.
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2013-10-29 18 views
Just 10 minutes away from Toa Payoh MRT, SAFRA clubhouse is a convenient location where you can enjoy a whole host of activities including fitness, bowling, fencing and much to my surprise, a number of interesting dining outlets too. Located on level 1 just next to the lobby, Kkongdon BBQ is quite easy to spot amongst the row of other restaurants along that corridor. And upon stepping inside, you will be immediately greeted with kpop music videos playing on the restaurant's LCD screens, adding t
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Just 10 minutes away from Toa Payoh MRT, SAFRA clubhouse is a convenient location where you can enjoy a whole host of activities including fitness, bowling, fencing and much to my surprise, a number of interesting dining outlets too.
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Located on level 1 just next to the lobby, Kkongdon BBQ is quite easy to spot amongst the row of other restaurants along that corridor. And upon stepping inside, you will be immediately greeted with kpop music videos playing on the restaurant's LCD screens, adding to the Korean feel of the place.
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I particularly liked the open salad bar concept where you have a wide selection of Korean side dishes (Banchan 반찬). I tried some of their non-spicy options like the Lotus Root (Yeongeun Jorim 연근조림) which had an interesting smoky and woody taste to it, and also helped myself to some refreshing Seaweed Salad (Miyeok Muchim 미역 무침).
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I seldom eat Korean BBQ and was quite curious to see that the hot plate is elevated above the electric stove, and titled at an angle, with a gap at the end for excess oil to drain off. There are also these UFO-looking smoke vents which suck up all the BBQ smoke.
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Meat-lovers will definitely enjoy this: Pork Belly (Samgeopsal 삼겹살) and Beef Short Ribs (Galbisal 갈비살). For just $20.80++ this set comes with 2 types of meat, free flow from the salad bar and 2 side dishes. It's actually a set meant for 2 persons, but I felt that the meat portions were quite small.
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Check out the sizzling hot plate of meats! My colleague also BBQ-ed some kimchi which actually intensifies its flavour, making it more sour and spicy. I think that was also why our hot plate got a bit burnt
The Samgeopsal 삼겹살 tasted very fresh and is great when dipped into some of their Ssamjang 쌈장 Korean sauce and wrapped in fresh lettuce leafs.

The Galbisal 갈비살 on the other hand turned out to be much too spicy because of the thick black pepper marinade. When we feedback this to the staff, they were very helpful and actually washed off the marinade for us which made it a lot less spicy and more edible.
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Prawns are not included in the set, but this came from another table who ordered a different set from us. Well, the good thing about eating in a large group is that you get to share the food! By the way, water is actually chargeable at this restaurant although tea is free flow.
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The set-for-2 comes with a bowl of Kimchi Tofu Soup (Kimchi Jjigae 김치찌개) which sometimes contain tuna or pork belly. This version consists tofu, chicken and lots of vegetables - a firey, salty and sour soup for people who enjoy eating kimchi.
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Another side dish which came with the set is the Korean Rice Cake (Tteok 떡) which is made of glutinous rice flour and drenched in more kimchi sauce. There were also some cockles in the sauce.

Overall, the food and atmosphere of the place is perfect for a casual BBQ meal and the prices are also pretty affordable. You could also order more meat or other side dishes if the set meal is not enough to satisfy your craving for meat. Definitely one of the recommended places to check out if you love a good Korean BBQ!
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I have try Korean BBQ before but Kkongdon was the first time.This Korean modern BBQ with their simple decor was not the usual buffet that was expected. You have to buy the set meal which cost $20++. However the side dish are free flow.I ordered a set with is a Combe of black pepper beef and pork. The beef was well marinated but a little too spicy for me but the pork was one of the good. What I like about this place was that the service crew was attentive to the Customer. They will from time to t
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I have try Korean BBQ before but Kkongdon was the first time.
This Korean modern BBQ with their simple decor was not the usual buffet that was expected. You have to buy the set meal which cost $20++. However the side dish are free flow.
I ordered a set with is a Combe of black pepper beef and pork. The beef was well marinated but a little too spicy for me but the pork was one of the good. 
What I like about this place was that the service crew was attentive to the Customer. They will from time to time serve water to us as they know  I was not used to the spicy beef. 
Other than the set ordered. We are also served with Korean rice cake and bean paste soup. The Korean rice cake was good and we even try it on grill. 
 As for the soup, spicy but tasty. 
Overall the place is good for a group outing as it is in a clubhouse. I would recommend it after spending times after activities and have a wholesome meal in this joint.
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2013-10-17 13 views
It my very first time trying out Kkongdon Barbeque and I was elated at the opportunity due to a company dinner. I was aware of Kkongdon Barbeque when I passed by Marina Square MRT linkway quite a number of times and have wanted to try out but never really got the chance. I did a search on Kkongdon to find out what it actually means, turn out the translation literally mean “best value for money” cause of its many varieties and Korean barbeque choices to choose from at a reasonable price. The rest
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It my very first time trying out Kkongdon Barbeque and I was elated at the opportunity due to a company dinner. I was aware of Kkongdon Barbeque when I passed by Marina Square MRT linkway quite a number of times and have wanted to try out but never really got the chance. I did a search on Kkongdon to find out what it actually means, turn out the translation literally mean “best value for money” cause of its many varieties and Korean barbeque choices to choose from at a reasonable price. The restaurant’s décor is very simple modern hip Korean-ish. There is also a K-pop MTV video playing at the TV adjacent at the back which was pretty cool for K-pop lovers. Every table has a barbeque suction to minimize the barbeque smell from the barbeque. The barbeque plate was also very well thought of, it was titled so that it will drain the oil that came out from barbequing which was pretty smart.
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Since it is for dinner, I actually went for the dinner set ($20.80++) which comprises of both lamb and pork belly. They have other sets to choose from as well. The pork belly was well marinated and tasted rich and flavourful. I could have more of this. It actually went well with the sesame sauce and spicy red pepper sauce that is meant for the barbeque items. The Lamb was also good too, although it was marinated with a lot of pepper which was overpowering initially. The waiter actually helped to bring it back to wash it to reduce the spiciness. After which I enjoyed the lamb very much. It was actually quality meat, fresh and tasted delicious. You definitely can tell the difference.
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- Meat set (Lamb & Pork Belly)
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When you dine there you are also entitled to the Salad vegetable bar which comprises of many authentic Korean vegetables which is very good in complementing the barbeque. There is quite a decent selection to choose from ranging from Kimchi, Cabbage, Kelp, Lotus roots, Lettuce, Bean sprouts and Radish etc. All these were free flow!
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- Salad Bar
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The set actually came with a small plate of Korean Rice Cake and a Chicken Bean paste stew soup (Miso Soup). The Korean Rice Cake was good but I thought the sauce of it was pretty diluted. It would have been perfect if it was less watery. As for the Bean paste stew soup, it came bubbling hot and had many ingredients such as tofu, chicken bites, golden mushroom and some vegetables. There was a tinge of spiciness but it was tasty and warmth with every slurp.
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- Korean Rice Cake

I really enjoyed my time there perhaps because I went with a group. This place is definitely great for group gathering and hangout. Would definitely go back and recommend this place if you are craving for authentic Korean barbeque at affordable price.
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2013-08-14 9 views
Came by this new SAFRA clubhouse to recce for some food place when i chance upon this new Korean BBQ concept by JP pepperdine (the same folks behing jack's place, brewbaker etc). Its smacked right between Hoshigaoga and Astons at the 1st level, enter the glass door beside new zealand ice cream. The 1st impression of the place was pretty good, spacious, nice deco, several chimneys like exhaust seen, lcd tvs playing kpop. There were 4 tables eating bbq food but fortunately the place is well exhaus
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Came by this new SAFRA clubhouse to recce for some food place when i chance upon this new Korean BBQ concept by JP pepperdine (the same folks behing jack's place, brewbaker etc). Its smacked right between Hoshigaoga and Astons at the 1st level, enter the glass door beside new zealand ice cream. The 1st impression of the place was pretty good, spacious, nice deco, several chimneys like exhaust seen, lcd tvs playing kpop. There were 4 tables eating bbq food but fortunately the place is well exhausted so you do not get overwhelmed by smoke. The stove used is an inclined one whereby excess oil from bbqing the food will be drained away, nice thought actually. The staff places customers orders via small android tablets as well.
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Wanted to try their bbq set lunch at $12.80++ but its applicable to minimum 2 pax per set so i settled for the individual set lunch instead. No bbq option for this but i spotted something i like - kimchi pork belly stew with rice. Though not a fan of kimchi but i do like kimchi flavored soup. The set lunch is applicable from 11am - 230pm. It also comes with free buffet of kimchi and korean side dishes. Just a small selection i must say compared to what most other korean bbq restaurants offer. But i do like the carrot slices, lotus root, lady finger and fresh green lettuce. Was quite disappointed by the small bowl of stew that was served but fortunately the taste made up for it. In it you find mixed vegetables, toufu and the main ingredient pork belly. The sour soup base certainly ensures that i finish my bowl of rice with it! Its not too bad actually eating the rice with the kimchi soup and having the korean sides dishes as accompanying dishes.

My total bill was $10.50, including the 10% safra card discount. 10% svc charge and 7% GST are inclusive as well.

If i have to gripe, it would be about not serving complimentary ice water and maybe to have more sociable staff who will bother to check if its your 1st visit and if you would require any recommendations etc.
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