I was pretty excited when Seoul Soul opened its doors on Victoria street. What could be better than a decent Korean barbecue restaurant in Melbourne? Bring on the kimchi and bibimbap. My first impressions were also good with the slick interior design immediately setting Seoul Soul apart from its neighbours. Architect turned owner Insu Kim has given the tiny restaurant an industrial feel, with white tiled walls, raw concrete floors, wire light fittings and table top grills dominating the restaurant.
|Kimchi at Seoul Soul|
|Chicken share plate|
However when it got to our mains we were disappointed to discover that the tabletop BBQs are just for show as they have been blowing too much smoke into the restaurant so rather than getting to cook our own. That said, the BBQ share plates arrived smoking hot.
The spicy chicken BBQ share plate was more sweet than spicy but it was better than the beef bulogi which arrived on top of a heap of almost raw onions. It was dry and over cooked making me wish we had been able to cook our own. Despite my not so great experience I think this tiny Korean joint has a lot of potential – I just wish it could fire up the BBQs to provide a real point of difference to all the Vietnamese restaurants on Melbourne’s pho mile.
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Details: Seoul Soul, 323 Victoria St, Abbotsford (Ph 0432206404)
Category: Budget, Dinner, Lunch, Richmond