Oriental Spoon – MelbournePosted: June 15, 2013
Hi guys! Finally I’m back and being able to make a new post on my blog. It’s been quite long time since my last post last month, right? I just finished my exam anyway, lucky enough to have all of them squeezed in the first week. But well, assignment is still ongoing until the end of this month.
So, as you read on the title, you might think it is going to be a Chinese Restaurant review or what. Actually this is another Korean eatery review! I’m so into Korean foods and when I was looking for a new eating place, Celi & M took me and the coffee geek bf to Oriental Spoon Korean Restaurant. I know if by its name, it doesn’t sound very Korean but this is one of the famous Korean Restaurant in Melbourne though. I have been passing by Oriental Spoon for many times and almost never seen it empty during the opening hours. The restaurant is quite big, strategically located in a modern, bright and clean ambient.
As all of us are big eaters, we ordered 5 dishes and were a little bit shocked by the jumbo portions. :) But we could manage them quite well in the end (actually that the girls who kept eating and cleaning up the foods while the boys gave up first! sigh.. I am such a big eater now! Forget it, diet starts tomorrow… :p )
Beef Bulgogi was thinly sliced beef marinated with Korean Bulgogi sauce with buch of mixed mushrooms and clear noodle. Bulgogi served on a large pan over a portable stove. I am not really a fan of bulgogi but this one was nicely marinated. The bulgogi beef was tender, juicy and the sauce was perfect in between sweet and savory. AU$ – 37,00
Assorted mix dumpling soup
The soup was served on a large bowl-pan over a portable stove as well. There were 3 kinds of dumpling, tofu, vegetables and ham with kimchi-based soup. As I expected, the soup was spicy and very well to warm up your body during this cold weather! oh HOT so HOT! In my opinion, the small dumplings’ filling were tastier than the big ones.
If you could not manage spiciness very well, it is highly recommended to ask them make it less spicy! My bf had a hard time eating this soup even though he has improved his spicy tolerance, haha. Poor him :)
AU$ – 37,00
I really love sundubu jjigae and the one from Oriental Spoon has been one of my favorite! The soup base was so spicy that really perfect my liking combined with generous amount of soft tofu and mixed seafood. Absolutely good!
AU$ – 15,00 (or 17,00)
This one is kind of typical Korean fried chicken but they use boneless chicken fillet instead. The chickens were crispy outside but so tender once you bite them. As this is the combination one, we got sweet chili and original fried chicken which both were so good but the sweet chili was our favorite that night! The sweet chili fried chicken rolled with sweet-savory and slightly spicy sauce that was sprinkled with spring onion and sesame seed. YUMM! I reckon this as the best Korean fried chicken I’ve tried so far :)
AU$ – 33.00
Jap chae is pan-fried Korean clear sweet potato noodle with thinly sliced beef and vegetables in sesame oil sauce. The jap chae was quite good but nothing very special.
AU$ – 16.90
I have been here for two times in a month and the restaurant always super crowded! I booked a table for my first visit but didn’t manage to make it for the second one so I ended up on the waiting list. Haha. So I suggest you to make a reservation before coming here especially if you come in hunger :)
No wonder they got 85% likes rating on Urbanspoon over more than 1000 voters. That’s a lot of number though! I think because of the restaurant’s ambient, good service and yummy foods, they do deserve high rank!