Korean restaurants are plentiful in the CBD and even though my hubby and I haven't tried them all, we decided to venture out to West End to DoDoMi just for a change of scenery.
We arrived there at 4.45pm expecting the restaurant to be dark with its doors closed, but instead, it was quite the opposite. Staff welcomed us, informed us that kitchen didn't open until 5pm, showed us to our table, brought out the menus and took our drinks order probably in a record time of five minutes. How efficient!
The menu itself was a feast for our eyes. It had an assortment of entrees, salads, bibimbaps, soups, BBQ platters, and hot pots as well as a la carte items. I was especially impressed with their big selection of soups, 20 to be exact. In addition, there was a winter special menu which included an additional 8 varieties of soups and stews. Brisbane winters weren't that cold, but when the average temperature dropped below 15 degrees then it was too cold (I know, very spoilt), and it was days like this that I craved for soup. However, having so many different kinds made me extremely indecisive. In the end, I went with pork on the bone soup, my husband the bulgogi bibimbap, and a seafood pancake to share.
To begin we got two miniature bowls of pumpkin soup as we were waiting for our food. It wasn't bowl-scrapingly good, but we finished it anyway. Then our side dishes came, followed by our meals.
My pork on the bone soup was deliciously spicy and flavoursome, though I would not recommend it if you were on your first date as it was impossible for me to eat without using my hands. I mean, I do have mad chopsticks skills, but it was just impossible to get the meat from the nooks and crannies. I made a big mess and felt rather unladylike. It had an insane amount of shallots (smelly breath alert), but the soup was awesome; the meat, on the contrary, was rather flavourless.
Bulgogi bibimbap was fantastic. The cubes of beef were commendable in every way: soft, aromatic and deliciously moorish, combined with rice, vegetables and chilli paste was concoction perfection. The seafood pancake was delectably crispy, although it would've been better with more seafood.
Just when we thought our last dish had been delivered, the waitress came again with two vegetable pancakes. Thinking we hadn't ordered this, we stupidly told her that it wasn't ours (even though we were the only customers in the restaurant). She then informed us that it came with our meals.
There was so much food, but that didn't stop us from devouring it.
All in all, DoDoMi is on my 'to come back' list. Unlike many Asian restaurants, tables weren't too intimately spaced and the high ceilings with down lights added elegance and spaciousness to the dining room. Friendly staff, quick service, yummy food, why else wouldn't we come back?