Miss Korea Kitchen is a visual mishmash to your senses as you walk in and get sandwiched between a black & white Charlie Chaplin movie being projected on the wall and a huge paper mache deer head on the other. After a little confusion about our booking, which was somehow overlooked or forgotten, we’re seated at a mishmash of two tables of different heights and awkward seats.
Mishmashing aside, thank gawd the food is focused and on-point! Our party of four started with a steaming little bowl of fresh Edamame ($5.00). As we chomped and chewed threw the tasty little soybean morsels, my Teriyaki Tofu Salad ($10.00) arrived at the table. I really enjoyed the soft squares of tofu, which were deep fried, playing hide & seek in a mixture of varying greefy leans and tomato. It was just the right mixture of crunchiness with a light Teriyaki sauce streaming throughout. Nicely done MKK!
The rest of the table shared a KFC Korean Fried Chicken ($11.00) and a Scallop Salad ($13.00) as their starters. The KFC was done a couple of different ways – from a spicy tone to a sweeter one – and was just tasty enough, although it didn’t really “wow” the table. The same can be said of the scallop salad; while it looked great when it hit the table, but flavours didn’t follow through with the same impact as the visuals. Overall, a semi-warm start for the meat eaters.
Now, this is when the meal gets really exciting! The mains didn’t disappoint in any way – they actually far exceeded expectations! As the herbivore, I had the Kimchi Bibimbab ($16.00) which was an adorable bed of small piles of veggies, a chunk of kimchi and a raw egg in the middle, delivered in an incredibly scalding hot bowl. The point of the lava-bowl is to mix your bibimbab together with the raw egg and it will warm up your veg and scramble the egg in the process. Yum-bo, delicious! And if there had been more kimchi in that sucker, I wouldn’t have opposed!
The carnivores were like kids in a candy store when their main meals arrived at the table. Between three people they shared three mains, which was way more than enough. They all dug into the Beef Ssam ($33.00) first, which is sort of like the Korean version of DIY tacos. Little lettuce cups containing morsels of grilled beef and vegetables, all accompanied by a tasty sauce and kimchi that you pile on at your leisure. Fresh, tangy, and rewarding in both a accomplishment-that-I-made-something way and flavour way!
The Korean Seafood Kimchi Pancake ($19.00) was a huge hit as well with calamari, scallops, clams and prawns encased in a spring onion pancake. As you can see from the image below, MKK didn’t skimp on the ingredients either! The the lightly flavoured sauce complemented the chocked full of flavour pancake perfectly. That’s one to order again for sure, said the meat eaters of course!
The complete standout dish for my carnivorous friends was the Spicy Pork Bulgogi ($18.00). The thinly sliced pork, stir-fried with sweet soy sauce mingled with spring onions, capsicums, onions and sesame seeds on a sizzling plate. Accompanied with rice to help soften the bold flavour of the pork, everyone continued to rant and rave about how delicious the flavours were in this dish! Hands-down the best for the night.
We did BYO with our wine, but weren’t charged corkage because of the carfuffle with our reservations at the start of the night, which was a super cool surprise when the bill arrived. So, overall, it was a great evening. Minimalist-cool-albeit-semi-confused atmosphere, pretty good starters and incredibly solid main meals – worth a second visit for sure!
Address: 845 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
Tip! Although we didn’t order the K-Barbeque, we witnessed many others who did. Just beware the K-BBQ is cooked at your table with a mini-blow torch! So if you have issues with blazing hot flames pointing towards your body, it might not be the option for you! 😛