Moon Park, Redfern, Sydney
Sorry for the lack of post. As most of you know, we have been traveling, Helsinki and Prague – we ate really well and will post them in the up coming weeks. My trip to Sydney was short but sweet. Caught up with a few people and ate at some new restaurants. I was catching up with the lovely M, and she suggested Moon Park.
Moon Park is a newish Korean Restaurant opened in Redfern – the suburb has a lot of new restaurants lately! The chefs behind Moon Park is ex Claude’s chefs Ben Sears and Eun Hee An. The menu is broken into little and large dishes which are meant for sharing. There is also a four-course tasting menu but we both opt for a la carte. We started with these light crackers, which was deliciously light and melted in your mouth. It really was hard not to eat all of it on your own.
We didn’t have any anju (little dishes) and went straight to the plates. Started with whipped tofu, carrot, shiitake and buckwheat (AUD15). Not what I expected (but then again I wasn’t sure what to expect) – the row of carrots, topped with shiitake crisps which were on top of creamy whipped tofu. It was refreshingly light and absolutely delicious.
Next the imjasutang – royal summer chicken, pine nut, mushroom, date and pickled rose. (AUD17) I was told that imjasutang is usually a soup, however, this dish was soup free – the chicken was at room temperature, and the date really gave the dish that extra sweetness. I never had chicken and date combo before and I have to say, it worked well. This was another light and refreshing dish, perfect for that hot weather.
I’m still undecided about tarakjuk – braised oxtail, tendon, kkaenip kimchi and king’s congee (AUD18) The congee was in puree form but not that watery. I loved the braised oxtail and tendon, just not quite sure about the congee.
Last but not least for the mains, on a roll, bulgogi beef, kimchi and pickled onion (AUD15). We had the kimchi on the side as it has shrimp in it. I have to admit, this was pretty damn tasty. I love bulgogi beef, and it was tender. The pickled onion was a wonderful complement and who doesn’t like fries?
For dessert, we opt for patbingsu, soy flour donuts, strawberry, fig leaf shaved milk, red bean and omija (AUD13). Not too sweet and the donuts – delicious.
We wanted to order the shrimp brined fried chicken, soy and syrup, unfortunately, due to my seafood (well Dragon’s) allergy we couldn’t order this. Pity, as it looked excellent and I am pretty sure every table ordered one!
Service was friendly and polite. Food not your typical Korean food but still very good. I found out later on that my cousin is a part owner, unfortunately he wasn’t working the night we went. Congrats cousin – restaurant is pretty awesome and tasty. Will definitely be keen to try their other dishes and the little dishes also.
It’s always lovely catching up with friends, I have missed you dear friend! Looking forward to our girls trip next year!!!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
34 Redfern Street, Level 1, 34b
Ph: +61 2 9690 0111