It seems to me Korean food is the “next big thing” in Perth with quite a few restaurants specialising in that cuisine opening around town in recent months – among the newest is K Town in Aberdeen Street, taking up residence in the old house that once contained Indonesian restaurant, Tasik.
Not much has changed as far as décor is concerned, but they do have big plans, including an outdoor area at the rear of the house which will have al fresco dining and wood fired Korean barbeque – and a licence application is in as well – at the moment it is all BYO.
The lunch menu has about 30 dishes – starters include a range of dumplings, steamed or fried, and pancakes – mains contain bibimbap, of course, a number of sizzling dishes and then half a dozen house specialities, including the one we chose – spicy raw sea snail.
First off, however, small bowls of various condiments and accompaniments – including kimchi, fried potato, bean sprouts and chilli sauce were brought to the table, along with our wine glasses. Then came the first of our entrées, fried seafood dumplings.
They appeared somewhat overly browned by the frying, nonetheless inside the seafood filling was moist and steamy – and very hot from the pan – let them cool a while is my tip – the little dish of chilli and garlic sauce pimped the flavour up a notch, too.
Kimchi pancake – one of my favourite Korean dishes was next – plump and full, with plenty of spicy kimchi in the mix – again the accompanying sauce added additional depth of flavour.
Finally our main – and luckily we only chose one as even that was struggle to finish – the serves are generous – anyway this looked pretty spicy on the plate – matchsticks of carrot, onion, sliced spring onion and chopped snail cooked in the fermented, piquant Korean chilli paste, gochujang, a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top– and be warned it is reasonably spicy, but importantly very, very pungent – if you are in a relationship try and ensure your “relatee” also has the dish – when I got home Lady FWO reeled away from me and I was banished! Back to the dish – the sea snail is not exactly raw – they had been lightly boiled – and are quite chewy little fellows, but take up the flavour of the chilli paste well. Something different and certainly enjoyable. Gochujang can be quite addictive!
K Town looks to have a bright future – their plans for the outdoor area and barbeque should ensure it is popular on the warm evenings ahead –and the food is both good quality and value – and the waiters are friendly and helpful. I liked it and will be back to try a few more of their offerings.