This is a place I have walked past many times but only recently “popped in” so to speak and was very pleasantly surprised. Billed as Japanese- Korean Asian fusion it is all that – with a mix of dishes from both cuisines and at exceptional prices to boot. It has an extensive menu – with 50 odd dishes on offer – and has the added advantage of being licenced – although you can BYO your own wine.
The entrees range over a selection of tempura dishes, Korean pancakes, rice rolls – Californian, salmon, tuna and a lot more beside – the Korean part offers up bulgogi, bibimbap, hotpot and others – while the Japanese selection includes teriyaki, sashimi – and then we get to noodle and rice based dishes.
Ordering and payment is done at the counter – and the dishes come out pretty rapidly after that.
A cast iron bowl of some of the best salmon teriyaki I have had kicked things off – the fish was flakingly tender, the shining glaze of the marinade full of complementing flavours – soy, sugar, ginger – resulting in an outstanding, and amazingly inexpensive, dish. Cooked alongside the salmon earthy, juicy mushrooms. Splendid.
Another dish served on a sizzling hotplate next – tender, al dente squid rings cooked with zesty chilli, and sprinkled with nutty, snappy sesame seeds – again well done and great value.
Tempura seafood – a mix of juicy fish, squid rings, prawns, crumbed and deep fried – retaining crisp crunch – with a creamy mayo to dip.
And last, by no means least, a crisp and glowing browned fluffy kimchi pancake.
Each dish was well turned out, looked good on the plate, and was full of flavour and texture – and did I mention the value?
With our food we enjoyed a rosé from their small list – from France, Reserve de Fabregues, a blend of Grenache and Shiraz – strawberry aromas, crisp dry palate well suited to spicy food.
Poppo is somewhat unprepossessing to look at, but once you settle down to get into the food you will be amazed, I think, at the quality and value. A definite place to return to regularly.