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The Sydney Connection enjoyed an exotic & tasty banquet last week at Kim. Our first real taste of Korean food and what a wonderful discovery of distinct flavours, interesting textures & colour! Beautifully presented and great value at $55 pp for the banquet menu. You’re in good hands with a strong pedigree of Sydney chefs working in the kitchen: Co-owners David Ralph, co-owner of Kakawa Chocolates and Tae Kyu Lee (TK) formerly of the Merivale Groups whimsical Mr. Wong and Ms. G’s restaurants.
Hannah, our Maitre d’ for the evening, was lots of fun and pronounced the Korean names of each dish with ease and grace. Her instructions on how to eat our various dishes was also awesome. The timing of the arrival of each set of dishes also good. There was never too much on the table at once and everything was hot and presented on handsome over-sized ceramic platters.
I’m not going to list everything we ate but the highlights were: Mando Korean Dumplings with pork, beef & tofu, house made pickles – super tasty & fresh; Kojengi Kim chi and Bossum – pork belly with samjang, garlic chive kim chi delicately sliced, the perfect amount of fat and served with complimentary condiments; Dotori Mook Muchim Acorn jelly, mushrooms, sesame leaf – looking like a forest of shapes & with an amazing texture this dish was a treat. Needless to say we were all totally full by the end of our feast but in a good way. Accompanied by ample gold tea-pots – very Alice in Wonderland – full of fresh makgeolli (milky rice wine), poured into special matching gold bowls, drank miso style and apparently bottomless.
On the stormy night we visited, a few brave souls were gathered under the new canopy in the outside courtyard that joins the laneway. But the tiny inside area surprisingly fitted our party of nine & several smaller groups in reasonable comfort. Assisted in part by the clever placement of high stools & tables on the border of the open kitchen and lower seating on the floor to ceiling glass window side of the room. On a fine evening the outdoor courtyard would seat twenty with ease.
Soft resin lamps hanging from the low ceiling and tea lights lent a lovely ambiance to the room. I spent the evening – in between enjoying the mouth-watering food – lusting after the pastel coloured plates piled high on the kitchen shelf. Finally when our Hoddeok – Busan style doughnuts w/ black sesame parfait (yum!) arrived for dessert I was rewarded with a closer look and decided that alas it would not fit in the handbag after all!. The same goes for the beautifully crafted black & white character covered Korean tea pots that TK’s parents bought back from a recent trip to Korea. At $100 a piece they are way more valuable than the cheap teapots to be found in Sydney’s Chinatown. Also way too big for the handbag!
So the next time you’re considering finally starting your education in Korean food Kim is the definitely the place to go. www.kim-restaurant.com.au
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