My husband and I have been trying to save for our overseas trip, which has resulted in weeks and weeks of eating and cooking at home. I've just about run out of cooking inspiration when my husband suggested date night in the city. I got really excited and started to think about what we could have that wouldn't undo this week's saving. In the end, we decided to go with Korean because what's better than a hot soup on a cold night?
I must say we are spoilt for choice with Korean restaurants in Brisbane. There are so many and new ones are still popping up all over the place. We decided to give Maru Korean BBQ Restaurant a go as we'd never been there before. We walked up the stairs and when we reached the top, the waitress was already waiting for us with menus, cutlery, water and glasses. How's that for service?
The menu was quite impressive. There were soups, hot pots, rice dishes, noodles, BBQ options and more. Everything looked so delicious. It was hard, but we finally decided after a few minutes. We pressed the bell and a waiter came over to take our order. I just loved those bells because this meant that we didn't have to look around for a waiter/waitress and try to catch their eye, which could be quite difficult or frustrating in a busy cafe or restaurant. It also meant that the staff didn't need to keep checking on tables. Win-win situation.
After about 10 minutes, our meals came. I got the spicy seafood soup with pork cutlet in a hot stone bowl and my husband the spicy chicken rice in a hot stone bowl. Of course, they came with three side dishes: Kimchi, pickled onion, and crunchy noodles.
My soup was enormous. I wouldn't have finished it if it weren't for my husband. As it was placed in front of me, the hot and steamy soup filled my nose with a delightful aroma. The smell of meat, chillies, seafood and vegetables was wafting around me and I couldn't wait to dig in. The generous serving of pork cutlet was tender, juicy and scrumptious. I couldn't get enough of the soup. It was so moreish and until my very last mouthful, the soup was still temperature hot hot hot. That's one of the reasons why I love Korean soups so much. They put it in a hot stone bowl which then keeps the soup hot pretty much until you finish it. My husband's dish was yummy as well. The secret was to mix all the ingredients really well which made it saucy, sticky and flavoursome.
We were going to have ice cream, but after our epic dinner, we were unable to fit anything else in. The walk back to our car seemed too difficult as we were both so full. All in all, we would definitely go there again. They had some interesting looking dishes that I would like to try. Service was good, interior was simple but clean, staff were polite and friendly, and most importantly, food was tasty! It cost about $31 for both of us so not only did we not spend a fortune, but also were extremely satisfied with our meals.
I love Korean food. I love going to Korean restaurants because you can get things to share or you can get your own meals or even both! I love how they come with side dishes and you can always ask for more. I love their instant service. You just have to ring the bell. Having said that, it does get a bit stuffy in the restaurant if there are lots of barbecues going on and I usually end up smelling like barbecued meat by the end of the night, but it's worth it. So try it, love it.