Glen Waverley, VIC 3150
Kimchi Hut has been one of my favourite Korean cheap eats since it opened more than two years ago. There is nothing particularly innovative about the food, just that it's done better than at other Korean restaurants. I go there so often that I never think about reblogging it again as my last review on it was over two years ago. So I've decided to post my most recent visit there.
In the two years that it's been open, they haven't tweaked the menu at all and equally the quality hasn't dropped. The prices have gone up about a dollar a dish but I think it still presents excellent value for money. On this particular night, our group of 6 enjoyed our usual selections of dishes. The Mild Beef soup is one of my favourites. A clean soup gets infused with flavours from the vegetables, beef and rice cakes. There is a dipping sauce for the beef which consists of soy, mustard and a raw egg which coats the beef to make it smooth and also give it a slight kick. I love it.
The other mains we had are the Beef Bulgogi (above left), Jap Chae, Spicy Pork and Beef Ribs. It's quite meat heavy but we all love our sizzling meats. The bulgogi is one of the better ones in Melbourne, with the right amount of sweetness. I'm not a massive fan of Jap Chae at any time, and I think this one is ok too. The others liked it a lot more than me. I do however, love their Spicy Pork and Beef Ribs. The spicy pork used here is slightly more fatty and I'm a fan of that. I should also make a mention of their banchan, which I really like. Their kimchi is one of my favourites and I like the sweet potato as well. The jelly with the sweet soy is not bad either.
Desserts at Asian restaurants always seem to be an after-thought, and it's not different here. The standard fare of ice cream and ice cream with canned fruits are on offer. Sometimes I'll go with the mixed ice cream (green tea, sesame, red bean) and sometimes I'll pass. Why don't you put more thought into your desserts all you Asian restaurant owners out there? I beg of you to please improve them. We don't want just ice cream and fried bananas every time.
Besides the lack of dessert, everything else is to my liking. The family that runs the restaurant are really nice people and do a good job with service. The hired staff are equally friendly and efficient. It's constantly full in the restaurant so book ahead and be prepared for lots of noise. It's not too loud that you can't hear each other but a good level of buzz. I would definitely recommend eating here with a larger group, as you can share dishes as some of the soups and table meat cooking require more people.
Overall Rating: 15/20, Great simple food at very good prices.
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.