When we moved to Camperdown one of the first things I did was to search restaurants in the area. There are not many, but one of them looked promising based on its reviews: Open Korea. Since then we’ve made a few attempts to go but every time something has gone wrong. One time I was sick (which happens roughly only twice a year), another time the tiny restaurant was packed and we were politely sent home.
But finally my sister and I made it for dinner. Both expectations and hunger were as high as they could be. Everything in the menu looked good but we had to narrow choices down to a couple of dishes: garlic prawns (King prawns with seasoned vegetables) and beef bulgogi (Scotch fillet thinly sliced and marinated in seasoned soy sauce). No Korean meal is complete without kimchi (they spell it “kim chee” in the menu, not sure which one’s correct) and na mul (assorted seasoned vegetables served cold).
While waiting for our food, which didn’t take long, I spotted a printout on the wall about a study made at Sydney uni that showed that Korean food is healthy. With lots of meat, fresh and fermented vegetables I have no doubts about it.
A small plate of na mul arrived shortly. A few minutes later the waitress apologised and changed the plate for a bigger one. If only this could happen more often! Then came the kimchi and the garlic prawns. Both vegetable sides were good but we’ve had better in other restaurants.
Na mul ($3.50)
The garlic prawns, despite their dull appearance in the photo, were good. Also, the dish had a good number of crustaceans for the price, in my opinion. Were they the best garlic prawns I’ve ever had? Definitely not.
Garlic prawns ($16.50)
The sight of enoki mushrooms on top of the beef bulgogi made me happy. The dish had a good taste, the beef was tender, and the portion, once again, was decently sized.
Beef bulgogi ($13.50)
We enjoyed our meal but our expectations were not met. Perhaps they were too high. I’m still planning to go back and try the marinated raw beef served on top of grated apples… sounds great.
154 Parramatta Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9557 4993