What a beautiful name Moon Park is. The perfect name for a beautiful restaurant overlooking a beautiful park. Situated on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Redfern Street in Redfern sharing the air space with the treelined park across the road, Moon Park is a hidden gem of Redfern. You would not believe the steel grey unassuming two storey building on the corner houses an amazing restaurant upstairs. Serving a unique modern Korean menu, Moon Park offers a wonderful dining experience. Take a seat on their wooden balcony and be prepared to view a menu of exotic names you have difficulty pronouncing and have difficulty understanding what exactly it is.
Try the cured ocean trout, chogochujang, pickled carrot and kimchi or traditional Ssambab which is yangnum smoked eel, puffed wild rice served in a big nasturtium. I particularly enjoyed the seed biscuit & sea urchin without the sea urchin. The seed biscuit was a crisp little biscuit packed with seeds in every bite.
Now onto main meals to share. Really unique presentations with great detail given to the tiniest of essential ingredients. The flavours are exquisite and the inclusions are completely unexpected.Foods I would never imagine could be teamed with others and served on a plate. Listen. Geranjjim which is egg custard, eggplant and lotus root jorim or Dotorimuk an acorn jelly, mushrooms, tofu, brussels sprout and fresh truffles tousled together and served in a ceramic bowl or Samgyopsal a generous serving of pork belly, pigs potato, diamond clams and crown daisy. The very clever chefs at Moon Park really know how to keep you eagerly awaiting each dish anticipating how your senses will be absolutely ignited.
But wait there's more. Dessert. After the perfect journey your taste buds have just been taken on through the entrees and mains you can't stop there, you have to keep going all the way to dessert. We had to try all three choices because we couldn't choose. Patbingsu a glorious display of pear, red bean, shaved milk ice, burnt honey and bee pollen and we couldn't go past the intriguing "Moon Pie" complete with prune, maesil marshmallow, ginger jelly, graham cracker and chocolate. Finally, Sujeonggwa arrived decorated with ddok, strawberry and yuzu curd with a punch of spice and persimmon. Completely exotic and unique flavours exploding in each bite.