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Where is Adelaide's Best Korean Restaurant?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published September 27th 2012
These days you'd need about 20 pairs of hands to count the number of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian restaurants scattered around Adelaide, but Korean food is still an unknown for many locals. But there's no reason why it should stay that way, instead there are plenty of Korean restaurants new and old all around Adelaide. So head out there, sample some, and let us know which one should claim top spot.

Mapo Korean Restaurant
A Towering Plate at Mapo


Mapo is one name that might get bandied around a bit, it's certainly one of Adelaide's most awarded Korean restaurants. Things here are a bit different. Traditional dishes are re-worked with extra flair, which results in Modern Korean food that is generally delicious and sometimes visually fascinating. If you were thinking of a cheap meal out, Mapo might not be your first choice. There's also a good wine list, and make sure you try the deliciously sweet Bokbunja black raspberry wine.

A Korean spot with a specialty is Mandoo on Bank Street. Mandoo is the Korean word for dumplings, and that's what their menu mostly consists of. You can have steamed dumplings, fried dumplings, dumplings in soup. You get the idea. But there are other dishes like Udon noodle soup, and Korean hot pot. These hand crafted dumplings feel like they're made with more love than at your local Dumpling King, and for the extra Korean touch make sure you try the Kim Chi dumplings.

Mandoo Bank Street
Dumplings in Soup at Mandoo


Nearby on Leigh Street you'll find Korea Jung, whose pictorial menu tries to entice you in from the street. They serve mandoo here as well, on top of a range of other popular Korean dishes. You might like one of the many Korean barbecue restaurants that seem to be popping up all over the place, or maybe you prefer the trip down King William Road to Giwa Korean Restaurant. There's also the Oriental fusion restaurant Haan Ssie, which has a strong Korean influence.

Haan Ssie Restaurant
Korean Fusion at Haan Sie


From bimbap to kimbap, kimchi and hot pots, Korean restaurants around Adelaide are worth checking out. So add a few to your dining repertoire, and let us know which ones you think make the cut.
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