Seoul Tookbegi offers quality and value Korean cuisine in the heart of the CBD. Like many Korean restaurants the emphasis seems to be more on the food than the décor. Seoul Tookbegi is a humble restaurant with humble décor – pleasant enough with a few plants and a large front window overlooking Russell St.
At Seoul Tookbegi I received my greater education in bibimbap – which means “everything mixed together”. I ordered the bibimbap of beef hot pot with rice and this was outstanding. The beef was cooked perfectly as was the rice. The beef comes in a large stone bowl – just don’t touch it because it’s piping hot. I appreciate this being explained to me every time I visit a Korean restaurant. Obviously the Koreans know this information – but I appreciate the reminder to avoid a nasty burn!
What I loved was the quality and value for money. For under $10 not only was the beef and rice great but on top of the meal were other delicacies including an egg, lettuce and carrot for crunch and some pickled items. Then in addition there were also pickled items on four side plates. Pickled bean sprouts and pickled cabbage are a hit. I know some of this is customary but it seemed a bit extra was on offer here at Seoul Tookbegi.
I’m not a Korean food expert but my instincts told me I should mix everything up in the bowl to maximise my dining experience. This would be to combine the flavours and make sure it’s all cooked to perfection. I love hot pots because you get a section of toasty rice at the bottom as the rice becomes encrusted against the hot bowl (having being cooked in sesame oil at the bottom of the bowl).
Seoul Tookbegi has an interesting menu including beef brisket, pancakes and ox tongue.
The service was excellent and the meal came out in quick time at lunchtime. Looking forward to a return visit.
Seoul Tookbegi, 260 Russell St CBD – Korean - Food 8.5 Ambience 8.5