The wife and me had a voucher for a Korean BBQ at a restaurant called Open Korea in Camperdown.We made reservation’s for dinner,and set off for Camperdown,on a chilly windy night.We arrived there on time and found the place packed and full of buzz.I usually don’t like a packed place as it gets very noisy;but I was so hungry and cold,that I didn’t mind.
The waitress was quick to apprise us of what was in the deal and brought us the Korean equivalent of Vodka called Soju. It was not so strong as Vodka and slightly sweeter.We liked it!The deal was an All-You-Can-Eat Classic Korean BBQ for Two ($39),Plus Choice of Any Beer, Wine or Soju at Open Korea (Up to $318 Value).
So,we were going to sample a range of freshly prepared barbecued mains like fresh green prawns, succulent pork belly, the popular chicken bulgogi and marinated chilli squid. With an emphasis on vegetables, fresh meats and a minimal use of oil,which makes it a healthy choice.
The chef came and lighted the BBQ on gas for us.We were lucky that our gas lasted,some others were not so lucky.
A portion of the BBQ came next and we started off. They don’t provide any oil,so the wife very smartly started off with the pork belly and used the oil from it to cook the rest.Very smart indeed! The portions were quite huge and 4 people could actually eat off this deal for two.
The BBQ was yum and we enjoyed it with the Soju.The only thing left to be desired were the dips.They could’ve given a few more variety.Also they scrimped on the kimchi,which was sad. But the BBQ was so nice that one couldn’t complain much.The beef was tender,the prawns were succulent and the chicken bulgogi was so tender and juicy.The pork belly was quite yumm,and the marinated chilli squids were delectable.We asked for a second round of BBQ and with that came some yummm fish.It was so soft that it just melted in our mouths.By the end of round two we felt we had over eaten.
The service was very good and courteous and the ambience was perfect for a cold wintry evening.The walls had some polaroid pictures of patrons and also some korean writings.The one thing they could improve on is to fix the lock in the ladies room.I was advised by the wife that it doesn’t lock so most girls couldn’t use it. Other than that,Open Korea is worth a visit.
154 Parramatta Road Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9557 4993
Hasta la vista