I will admit that I am a total noob when it comes to Korean food or culture. In fact, my Korea-related knowledge is limited to having watched Winter Sonata (but dubbed in Japanese - oh Yon-sama!) and My Sassy Girl, which made me cry like a baby! As an erstwhile language student, I always found listening to Korean frustrating, but only because I always used to think it was Japanese at first... until I realised I didn't understand a single word! D'oh! I don't think I'll be able to pick up Korean any time soon, but I certainly want to learn more about the cuisine! And I was very happy when the lovely Duncan suggested Oriental Spoon for a cheap-and-cheerful catch-up dinner.
254 LaTrobe St
Ph: (03) 9654-9930
Oriental Spoon is just opposite Melbourne Central, and I think it's been refurbished recently, hence the fancy looking interior above. It was relatively quiet when we got there at about 6:30 on a Monday night, but it slowly got busier as the evening progressed.
|Honey & Citron Tea - $3.70|
|Front: beanshoots, Back Right: Kim Chi, Back Left: Some sort of noodle/mayo thing|
Sandra had a spicy chicken bulgogi, which came in a huge portion! It could have easily been shared between 2 people. You can order it in a varying levels of chilli-intensity - I believe this was "hot". It wasn't mind-blowingly hot, but just a nice comfortable level of chilli. (Although I do realise that chilli-heat is a subjective thing!)
|Spicy Chicken Bulgogi - $16.90|
|Beef Stone Bowl Bim Bim Bap - $16.90|
I quite liked the bim bim bap, especially the combination of all the different veggies (and more of those fab bean shoots!) Even though it was a huge serve, it didn't seem too heavy or rich. However, whilst I did enjoy the dish, Duncan mentioned that it was missing the expected crunchy rice on the bottom of the stone bowl.
I think Oriental Spoon was a pretty good find - cheerful, reasonably efficient service and tasty food, all in a central location. However, at $16.90 for individual dishes, I think it's quite expensive, and I'm sure there are cheaper (and probably better) options around.
So speaking of which... what are your favourite Korean restaurants in Melbourne? Do you have a favourite Korean dish?