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Hangari Kimchi at Dickson, restaurant review

By johnboy 8 January 2013 36

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Kimchi in Dickson is one of those restaurants I’ve peered through the window of for a while now but never managed to eat at.

Last night GoosePig and I gave it a go and were pretty impressed.

A word of warning though, not being au fait with Korean fine dining we made some mistakes and you can probably expect to as well.

The staff, while very friendly and attentive, had a failure of imagination that anyone could not already know what to do with all the little things they brought out to accompany dinner.

If, like me, you rather like trying new things, then it’s a bit of fun.

We discovered after eating our fried pork and vegetable dumplings (delicious) that the dipping sauce was meant to go with them.

Even before the dumplings arrived however our BBQ dishes were underway on the cooktop in the middle of our table.

Some Korean BBQ joints have you cook your own, but at Kimchi staff swooped in at appropriate intervals to turn things, move things around, chop things up, and let us know when it was safe to use the steel chopsticks to grab tasty bites off the hotplate.

We had pork ribs and beef (they have a minimum two serve order on the BBQ) and they were frankly delicious.

Combined with Korean Hite beer (for some reason on the menu cheaper than domestic brands) it made for a great dinner.

With loads of drinks we were well stuffed for $66.

So it’s delicious, it’s bewildering, and it’s good fun.

Combined with a window seat to snark from safety at passersby down Woolley Street and you’ve got the makings of a good night.

Their number is 02 6248 7705.


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FreddyVegan 9:57 pm 09 Jan 13

bigfeet said :

FreddyVegan said :

Yeah, I think I will just stick with Au Lac…

Au Luc always makes me laugh when I look at their menu. Here a just a few examples taken directly from it:

Ginger Soy “Chicken” Rice,
Soy “Beef” Steak With Rice & Vegetables,
Soy “Crab” Vermicelli Noodle Soup,
Crispy Soy “Salmon”
Spicy Soy “Kidney” With Basil

Even the vego’s like to pretend they are eating real food!

Yeah I am not so keen on a lot of the fake meat, some of it is truly ghastly.

poetix 8:27 pm 09 Jan 13

Masquara said :

Surely “hangari” is “hungry” in some form of Koinglish?

That’s just what the Hungarians want you to think…

bigfeet 7:00 pm 09 Jan 13

FreddyVegan said :

Yeah, I think I will just stick with Au Lac…

Au Luc always makes me laugh when I look at their menu. Here a just a few examples taken directly from it:

Ginger Soy “Chicken” Rice,
Soy “Beef” Steak With Rice & Vegetables,
Soy “Crab” Vermicelli Noodle Soup,
Crispy Soy “Salmon”
Spicy Soy “Kidney” With Basil

Even the vego’s like to pretend they are eating real food!

Jivrashia 5:22 pm 09 Jan 13

Masquara said :

Surely “hangari” is “hungry” in some form of Koinglish?

Don’t quote me, but I think it’s the earthenware jar that you ferment the kimchi in.

Meaning…. that they actually have REAL kimchi?

Masquara 4:47 pm 09 Jan 13

Surely “hangari” is “hungry” in some form of Koinglish?

FreddyVegan 4:25 pm 09 Jan 13

Diggety said :

FreddyVegan said :

Jim Jones said :

FreddyVegan said :

Was there any vegan options on the menu???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfa8S2ETogo

Good thing I am not a vegetarian then!

They like to crack eggs over every bit of exposed vegetable. Also, the airspace inside tends to have a gaseous layer of meat around nose height exuding from the the table grills.

I doubt you’d want to be anywhere near a Korean BBQ Freddy.

Yeah, I think I will just stick with Au Lac…

Diggety 3:15 pm 09 Jan 13

FreddyVegan said :

Jim Jones said :

FreddyVegan said :

Was there any vegan options on the menu???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfa8S2ETogo

Good thing I am not a vegetarian then!

They like to crack eggs over every bit of exposed vegetable. Also, the airspace inside tends to have a gaseous layer of meat around nose height exuding from the the table grills.

I doubt you’d want to be anywhere near a Korean BBQ Freddy.

FreddyVegan 2:51 pm 09 Jan 13

Jim Jones said :

FreddyVegan said :

Was there any vegan options on the menu???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfa8S2ETogo

Good thing I am not a vegetarian then!

johnboy 2:24 pm 09 Jan 13

hotwaterservice said :

Is it a worthy (i.e. better) replacement for the original Korean BBQ restaurant, Koreana in Dickson?

I liked the DIY fun of Koreana, but for mine this tasted better.

hotwaterservice 2:18 pm 09 Jan 13

Might be worth trying – at least once.

Is it a worthy (i.e. better) replacement for the original Korean BBQ restaurant, Koreana in Dickson?

Might put a vote in for Arirang in Gungahlin (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/344/1577012/restaurant/ACT/Gungahlin/Arirang-Canberra) and their related Japanese restaurant KoKoRo (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/344/1714362/restaurant/ACT/Kokoro-Gungahlin).

Of course, as a non-Korean married to a Korean, I get to eat Korean at home (and in Korea) quite a lot so have a bit of a fussy Australian-European-Korean palate; YMMV!

Diggety 2:05 pm 09 Jan 13

rosscoact said :

Diggety said :

Correct. Diggety’s charm was quite potent and she did indeed get lucky!

Was that when you found out she had different sense of humour? 🙂

Well played sir!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 1:43 pm 09 Jan 13

rosscoact said :

Diggety said :

Correct. Diggety’s charm was quite potent and she did indeed get lucky!

Was that when you found out she had different sense of humour? 🙂

Haha burn

Jim Jones 1:40 pm 09 Jan 13

FreddyVegan said :

Was there any vegan options on the menu???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfa8S2ETogo

thebrownstreak69 1:28 pm 09 Jan 13

gumby34 said :

… it is always a mind opening experience to share in another countries food and to try and understand a few of there manners – certainly their polite way is not going to harm you.

In fact, this is half the fun of trying new things like this.

Conan of Cooma 1:19 pm 09 Jan 13

Conan of Cooma said :

“…snark from safety…”

Typical Canberran!

Actually, I should have said Yogi, as some Canberrans aren’t actually from here!

rosscoact 1:07 pm 09 Jan 13

Diggety said :

Correct. Diggety’s charm was quite potent and she did indeed get lucky!

Was that when you found out she had different sense of humour? 🙂

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