I’m sure we all know the health benefits of eating at home and it’s much cheaper…but I’m just hopeless at cooking and simply too lazy :P That’s how we ended up having dinner at Seoul Soul. We didn’t want to cook but didn’t want to spend too much, so we went through the trusted “Good Food Under $30″ guide and found Seoul Soul in Richmond. As the name suggests it is a Korean restaurant :D
I called to make a booking and the lady with a Korean accent was very friendly and told us to take our time. It’s quite easy to miss Seoul Soul as it doesn’t have a very big sign outside, but its on Victoria St in the same building as Woolworths and ALDI ~
Seoul Soul is quite small with two large tables on the left and a couple of small tables on the right, I know some might find it to be a little cramped, the waitress was simply too friendly and nice that I thought it was just cosy :D She kept apologising that this was the only table left and she wanted to give it a bigger table. She really didn’t have to! The table was fine :)
LOL I think we over ordered again, starting with the deep fried chicken dumplings which were piping hot, the filling was delicious with hints of ginger, but the pastry was a little thick and reminded me of empanadas.
I was trying to be healthy and wanted to order a salad…but I think it defeats the purpose when I order a deep fried calamari salad but at least it had fruit in it :P The fried calamari was lovely with a light batter and wasn’t oily at all and I reminded me of Japanese salads with the slices of peach and strawberries.
I read Bryan’s blog post and immediately knew I wanted to order the Dosirak which is like a bento box but served in a small bamboo bucket and came with rice, salad, finger food and fruit. I really liked the presentation and the spicy pork bulgogi was spicy but I know other bloggers have commented to be a little on the sweet side, which is how I like it :P We also liked the little potato croquette that came with the Dosirak with a light and fluffy filling!
I was surprised Mr Bao ordered the spicy chicken bulgogi as he usually goes for the Teriyaki as he doesn’t really like spicy food. He really enjoyed this dish saying the chicken was cooked nicely and very tender. He was being so stingy and wouldn’t share with me! Only giving me two small pieces to try!
We also wanted to try some of their Chargrilled BBQ dishes, I thought the marinated beef rib was great value $15 for 120g which was more than enough for 2 people. The beef was well marinated and wasn’t overcooked, still retaining the juicy texture. We polished this dish very quickly.
I was driving that night so Mr Bao decided to get a Korean beer to wash all that delicious food down ~ he tried the Max beer which he hasn’t had before. It quite light in taste but I found it a little too ‘malty’ for me, but I’m really more of a Cider girl.
It’s rare to find desserts in a Korean restaurants so I was impressed to see the only dessert option ‘Rice cake ice-cream’ which was clearly a store bought mochi with a vanilla ice-cream filling. But it was still nicely plated with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and strawberries. Probably not the best rice cake I have had but a great way to end the night.
We were very impressed with the food and service here at Seoul Soul and have already recommended it to my colleague Yue who has visited with his friends and also enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a cheap and cheery or a casual place for dinner with friends, I would highly recommend Seoul Soul :D