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Korean Soju Restaurant

3 Reviews
Asian, Japanese, Korean
Phone Number 0727367845 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 11.30am to 2.30pm

Dinner: Monday to Sunday 5.30pm to 10pm

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Details

Cost
R100 avg main meal
Food
Asian, Japanese, Korean
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

John Maytham

Korean Soju is the kind of place that you are delighted to find and eager to share – a real hole-in-the-wall with absolutely authentic ethnic flavours.

Food
It is a real adventure, dining here. The wizened Mom and Pop that run the restaurant speak very little English, so one has to rely on the pictures on the menu and hand gestures and good faith in placing an order. But what emerged from the kitchen was a series of spicy delights. The umami mushrooms had a depth of flavour that was quite extraordinary – full of hints of anchovy and soya and daishi and other indefinable things. There is great satisfaction in assembling all the elements of bulgogi – pork and beef basted with a sweet soy sauce with chilli and other condiments in a crispy lettuce envelope. The bibimpap was also utterly delicious, the beef strips cooked on a hot stone plate at the table and then placed in a bowl with perfectly cooked rice, vegetables and topped with an egg, also cooked on the hot plate and then all mushed together in a feast of aroma and texture and taste. And it all tasted better as Mama-san explained in her broken English that the veggies came from her garden. There are no desserts.

Drinks
The wine list is pretty basic and arbitrary, but there is a good selection of local and imported beers, and, if you are daring enough, bottles of soju – a distilled Korean liquor made from barley, rice or wheat, and which can pack a kick like a mule.
Service: Despite the language barrier, service flows pretty smoothly.
Ambience: It’s basic and brightly lit, as is the Korean custom, and there is a soap opera on the big screen TV with Korean subtitles, but it is fun and welcoming.

Best for...
groups of adventurous friends looking to share new experiences that will become familiar, because it is a place to which you will want to return.

(2018)

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User reviews

3 Reviews

    Glorious bibimbap and bulgogi! We feasted on pork and deboned beef bulgogi, which is cooked on the table in a searing hot wok-like thing. The lovely female owner (who doesn't seem to speak much English) demonstrated how to make a little parcel with lettuce, some of the sauce chilli and meat. The meat had been basted in a sweet soy sauce, and with the fresh crunchy lettuce, it was delicious. The bibimbap, which I have had here once before, was also delicious. (That's a bowl of rice, egg, meat and veggies that's also cooked on the table in a searing hot bowl.) You're supposed to stir it, but I love it when the rice gets a bit crispy at the bottom.

    Sure, it's pretty brightly lit inside, but fortunately this little restaurant has a bevy of followers, so it's likely there'll be some other customers to add a bit of buzz. We also tried the spicy tuna - which was indeed spicy - similar flavours to the kimchi - the sweet and sour chicken (okay but rather try the other dishes).

    A great spot to try if you're in the mood for something different.

    Fabulous, authentic Korean food, prepared by a charming old couple. The bimimbab (hot stone pot which keeps sizzling on the table) with beef was delicious, with beautiful rice which went crispy at the bottom of the pot, and delicious, umami-rich mushrooms. The new restaurant is quite lovely inside - if a little bright - but I know that is the custom in Asia. Some of the other dishes are quite spicy - so ask for recommendations if you can't handle the heat.

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