Gyeongju Restaurant is a very well known and 30 year old korean restaurant closeby the Nanjing East Rd MRT station. There is a wall of celebrities that have visited the restaurant over the years. They are also the first korean restaurant that I've been to that have Spicy Raw Crab on the menu. They serve the usual korean items like Bibimbap, Soon Dubu, and BBQ items. The decor and service is very average and the food items were just a bit above average. However to my knowledge, if you have a hankering for Spicy Raw Crab, this Gyeongju Restaurant is the closest place to get it near the East District.
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Decor: 3 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.17 out of 5
Recommendation: It has spicy raw crab.
The interior isn't spectacular. A couple tables with a gas stoves in the middle lined with wooden chairs. The lighting fixtures are very simple. They are an old an established restaurant, and they attract their customers mostly with their food and relative fame. This is still a very mom and pop shop feel, where there are a couple of workers that seem to be like a family unit. The service is average, and since they are a little under staffed they are mostly busying about and taking a few moments to take your order. The rest of the time the servers would be serving food and busting tables like clockwork. Despite the average decor and service, this restaurant does offer a things the average korean eatery in Taipei doesn't.
In that episode they also mentioned that they sold Spicy Raw Crab, and I was sold. Ari Tofu house and JBSD both don't carry this item. When I used to get my Soon Dubu fix either at BCD in LA or Koba in Irvine, I would pair my Soon dubu with either a side of kalbi or a side of spicy raw crab. The soft semi sweet raw meat blends well with that red hot sauce to provide a crab experience that is unparalleled with crab dishes around the world.
They also cap you off with this pine nut tea. It tastes like almond tea without almond. Its very milky and soothing after a spicy meal. Gyeongju Restaurant is a reputable restaurant in Taipei, and I would come back for the Spicy Raw Crab, but instead of getting their soon dubu I might try one of their other soups paired with the BBQ. I think BBQ paired with the Spicy Raw Crab would be less dissapointing than pairing it with their soon dubu. I guess the specialty of this place isn't really the soon dubu, but more for the BBQ because each table has a stove and the first page of the menu are BBQ items. So come and try the BBQ and spicy raw crab, and this is possibly the best in Taipei.