Sunday, September 21, 2008

Kimchi Hut - Keiran's Farewell

It's been a while since my last blog post. A combination of being busy at work, going out a lot, taking up squash, watching the Olympics and just plain old lack of motivation has meant that I have a stock pile of food photos but have not got round to blogging them yet. Here's a start. This post is dedicated to KP, who will no doubt comment that I have yet done another review of a place that I have reviewed previously. No matter, this was Keiran's farewell dinner and I want to write about it.

After a number of years working at our current workplace, Keiran has decided that there are greener pastures (where they shout you beers, movie openings and horse racing marquees) to pursue. Hence, I organised a farewell dinner for him. Since he loves Korean BBQ, I suggested Kimchi Hut in Glen Waverley. I have previously reviewed Kimchi Hut when it first opened. I have since gone back at least 10 times and it's now definitely my favourite cheap Korean restaurant.

Service here has a personable level where the family run restaurant staff actually chat to you, make jokes, help explain things about the food, and even help you turn the gas down when you're BBQ meat is burning. The atmosphere is casual and very comfortable. There is soft music playing from whatever concert DVD that happens to be playing on the large LCD tv. One night you might be watching Justin Timberlake, the next a Korean concert, a Chinese concert, then the Bee Gees and even Lionel Ritchie gets a playing. The owners taste in music is definitely ecletic, much like my own as I like all those artists listed above.

We ordered an assortment of meats and seafood to be BBQ at the table. A nice beef broth provided some liquid to clean our palettes whilst an assortment of banchan provided some extra variety. The BBQ meats could be dipped into an assortment of sauces that included chili sauce, oil and some pepper mixture.

My favourite meat was surprisingly the pork. I'm not much a fan of pork but the marinated pork had a good spicy kick and it was slightly fatty pork, which has more flavour. The beef bulgogi is always a favourite and I also can't go past the calamari. The clear beef broth was simple and clean in its flavour. The raw egg dipping sauce soy with a touch of wasabi was a revelation as it really lifted the beef when dipped in it.

Keiran with his favourite Korean beer. To distinguish between Cass and Hite, remember this rhyme that Keiran uses. "Hite is shite". So always choose Cass beer.

The sizzling plate where all the food was cooked.

The beef broth soup. A very nice clean taste.

Finally, here we are freezing our buttocks off outside after having a very satisfying dinner.

Good luck to Keiran at his new job. It was great to have known you Tech. May we keep in touch and our paths cross in the future.

Overall Rating: 15/20, Food is very good and prices sensational.

Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.

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