Our April lunch was held in a Korean restaurant who pride themselves on being a step above Korean BBQ and want to be considered more fine dining with emphasis on the quality of the food.
24 members and 2 guests sat down on two tables to enjoy the fresh food offered by Danjee. All dishes were to be shared.
On arrival we had as our aperitif a glass of 2014 Keith Tulloch Rose from the Hunter Valley.
This wine was not to everyone’s taste and was considered a little too sweet.
Nu rung ji salad – Crispy rice, pumpkin, greens with Perilla seed dressing (wild sesame seeds)
This salad was the dish of the day for some of the ladies as they appreciated the fresh ingredients and combination of flavours as well as the crunchiness of the crispy rice.
Jap Chae – Potato starch noodles, seasoned with beef
Bul go gi – soy marinated beef and BBQ’d
Dol sot bi bim bap – Chicken, rice and vegetables served in a hot stone bowl
Dessert was an Iced Red Bean Smoothie
The white wine was a 2013 Amberley WA Chenin Blanc presented as a mystery wine
The red wine was a 2013 Wirra Wirra Church Block Blend also presented as a mystery wine
The ladies all enjoyed the experience of eating Korean food and some thought the food was more bland than expected and could have done with more spice.
The Chenin Blanc was considered the better match for the food and the red wine a little too heavy.
I think the opening remarks by the Danjee staff, when the food and wine mistresses walked into the restaurant carrying 21 bottles of wine between them, of ” A table for two” set the tone of service we experienced. The service was very limited and there were not enough wine glasses for the 3 wines resulting in rinsing with water at the table.
All considered the day was a nice change and a different experience to try Korean food.