I feel like I'm right at the heart of Seoul. There's a lot of clatter as staff follow the ringing of table bells. It's such a lively room. Hungry people join the queue every couple of minutes. I scan the restaurant, and large majorities of the crowd appear to be Korean. Ah, perfect... it's going to be the real deal. Families, students, large groups and working couples all looked content with their meals. Food really does soothe the soul.
Without a reservation, we lined up for over 30 minutes. That was a long 30 minutes of eyeing everything that came out of the kitchen. So as soon as we were seated, the three of us girls knew what we wanted. A big and warm bubbling hot pot with some kim-chi pancake, please!
Within a couple of minutes, our supply of side dishes arrived:
spinach with sesame oil
potatoes in spice
Then the pot of goodness was served. Mmm... I didn't take a photo after the beef was cooked, so apologies for the raw meat! The hot pot was full of hearty warmth.
Potato noodles, green vegies, radish, shallots, button mushrooms, enoki mushrooms and lots of marinated beef in a clear stock.
Starchy foods are great in Winter too. The Kimchi Pancake was thick and fluffy, and the outside was crisp... it was absolutely divine.
Seoul Ria is the place to be on a cold Winter night!
Cnr, George Street & Goulburn Street Sydney City
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