I’m finally back in Melbourne last Saturday after a nice, long summer break, and it’s now time to go back to school.
Yay. Despite all the homesickness and typical post-holiday blues, there are definitely some things that I look forward to being back here, one of them being food. Melbourne has some really nice Korean restaurants around. As a big fan of Korean food, coupled with the lack of authentic and delicious ones back in Bandung, the first restaurant that my family and I decided to go to for dinner was a Korean restaurant called Oriental Spoon. If you are hungry, be there early because it’s located in the CBD (Central Business District = crowded) and even at 8pm, you might still be put on waiting list (like how we were)!
– General Review –
- Service: 7.5/10
Staff are prompt with their service, and most are friendly. If you order the Korean BBQ they also come by and help you with grilling the meat. But also make sure to check on the progress yourself, since the staff can get busy as well and the meat might overcook by the time they get back to you.
- Servicescape: 7.5/10
Oriental Spoon is usually crowded even though the restaurant is pretty big and there are lots of seats available, especially during lunch and dinner times. It can get pretty loud there once the restaurant is packed, so it may not be the ideal place for those who prefer the peace and quiet. The place is brightly-lit and there are several nature-associated elements within the restaurant that make it warm and inviting.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes – There are some dishes available vegetarian, including Jap Chae, Kimchi Jeon and Dokbokki.
- Non-smoking area: Yes – The restaurant is in an indoor setting with air-conditioning/heating (depending on the season).
- Price range: $$ (AU$15 – $30 for main and share dishes)
Overall rating: 8/10
– Food Experience –
1) Side Dishes:
Among all the Korean Restaurants I’ve been to, Oriental Spoon makes some of my favourite side dishes, though I find them a little salty occasionally (but that depends on your personal preferences). They’re refreshing and I’d be satisfied with just eating rice and the side dishes. I also thought that they, aside from the kimchi, helped in quelling spice.
2) Cheese Chicken:
The Cheese Chicken was spicy but you can request for less spice if you want to. The onion had the right amount of sweetness, and the chicken topped with the cheese was easy to eat without having to endlessly stretch the cheese for it to break off. It’s a good dish but I thought it lacked a bit of saltiness and taste in general. However, it’s one of the dishes that I enjoy eating during winter, since the spiciness helps in keeping you warm.
3) Fried Dumplings
This is one of my favourite dishes in Oriental Spoon. If you want to try the dish right after it’s been served though, take caution – although it might not look hot, looks can be deceiving. It’s accompanied by a sweet and sour-ish sauce that compliments the dumplings.
4) Pork Kimchi Soup
I liked the pork kimchi soup – it had a nice flavour and the spiciness wasn’t overwhelming. There’s quite a variety of ingredients in this hot and spicy dish – there were mushrooms and tofu, kimchi that created a nice balance of sourness and saltiness, and the chunks of pork belly in the soup were tender.
Contact number: +61 3 9654 9930
Operating hours: Sun – Thu: 12:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:00
Fri – Sat : 12:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:30
Posted by: V