I’ve been wanting to go to Suda for the longest time, so when my friends all felt like Korean food (like always), I jumped at the chance and took them to Suda!
|Soft Tofu Salad|
It may seem unassuming from the outside, but once you get in, the warm and friendly service made us feel at home straight away. And because all the items sounded so enticing on the menu, we went for the Feed Me option, pay $29 and experience a 11 course Chef’s selection sharing dishes.
The banquet began with a simple soft tofu salad. The salad dressing was tangy and light, making it a great palate cleanser.
|Lotus Root Chips|
These lotus root chips may seem simple, but they were down right addictive. The sauce on the side kind of reminded me of a chipotle sauce, although it didn’t elevate the chips, but if you were into sauces it would be right up your alley.
The burgers were served between a ciabatta-esque bun, and the beef patties themselves had a distinctive bulgogi flavour, which we all adored. The coleslaw was crisp and refreshing, making it the perfect burger to snack on.
The large chunks of popcorn chicken had a sweet glaze coating, and it was again, very delicious. The chicken was tender, and the pieces of peanuts that are scattered throughout the chicken gave it even more crunch factor.
|Ddeok & Haloumi|
The tteokbokki was coated in honey after being fried lightly, and it offsets the unami from the haloumi perfectly. It may sound like an unusual combination, I mean, it’s definitely not your everyday tteokbokki doused in sauce, but it was probably my favourite dish of the night!
Korean and Mexican fusion seems to be creeping up in Melbourne, and I can certainly see why. Chuck some crunchy and acidic kimchi between some warm and crispy tortilla, and the result can be pretty amazing. There was also a light drizzle of sour cream over the quesadilla, bringing more Mexican-ness to the dish.
|Crumbed Korean Pancake (Vege)|
These Korean pancakes were definitely a lot more healthier than what I’m used to. The pancake was comprised mainly of various forms of vegetables, and held enough by just enough batter so that it could maintain the shape. It was definitely a light take on a classic!
|Kimchi Pork Belly Stew|
The stew was exactly what we needed on a cold night. The large chunks of pork belly was extremely tender, and took on the kimchi flavour really well. We fought for the sauce too, because it tasted so good poured over the multigrain rice!
|Chilli Seafood Spaghetti|
This was probably the least Korean dish of the night, but it was tasty regardless. The spaghetti was cooked to al dente, and the chilli sauce definitely had a kick to it. All the seafood, including prawns, mussels, fish and scallops, were cooked perfectly too.
|Bibim-Bab w/ Tteok-Galbi Bulgogi|
Instead of a hot stone pot, the bibim-bab was served almost like a salad. After mixing the vegetables, meat, and rice together, with generous dashing of the sauce, the bibim-bab was full of both texture and flavour. But to be honest, I prefer the traditional version better, just because I can never pass up on the crunchy rice at the bottom of the pot, or the soft gooey egg.
After all that, it was finally dessert time! This reminded me of red bean pancakes that are served in Chinese restaurant, but with a much crispier exterior. The combination of vanilla ice-cream, salted caramel, and peanuts was a timeless classic, and we cleaned off the plate even though we were so full already!
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Suda. The food was interestingly different, the staff was attentive and welcoming, and the ambience was lovely. Although small, it was not packed when we visited, which I gotta say, is a relief, after all, how often can you visit a restaurant that’s above par in Melbourne without waiting in line for a ridiculous amount of time?
Taking a modern spin on traditional cuisines can be risky, but Suda served up dishes that I would happily return for. Definitely a hidden gem in the city!
How to get there:
Suda is located on Lonsdale Street, around ten minutes walk from Melbourne Central.