When it comes to Asian food, I must say Korean food is my first choice. Oriental Spoon is on my top Korean restaurants list in Melbourne.
It was on an unfriendly chilly night when I was craving for a hotpot soup. I walked past the corner of La Trobe street and Elizabeth street, I gazed at a restaurant situated below street level that was crammed with people outside and inside waiting to be seated.
So I strike and read the menu from the outside. I didn't have to think twice to finally step down into Oriental Spoon. Half an hour waiting to be seated was a bit frustrating for me, considering I was truly, madly, starving. But I was bewitched by the fancy interior designed in modern oriental look. And I watched the waiters who communicate with earpieces emulating the CIA.
The hotpot was very popular on that night, so we ordered Beef, Mushroom Casserole. I was amazed at how large the servings were. The dish was served in a gigantic cast iron paella atop a portable stove with bubbling spring onions, mushrooms, tofu and beef.
It's the right place to share food for a modest amount. The entrée and salad ranges from $4-$10. The main and shared dishes ranges from $17-$19, all the casserole dishes costs $37.90 and finally the Korean BBQ ranges from $20-$50.
The reason why you don't bother to leave the place is because of its reasonably efficient service and its tasty foods. A big place means big taste.