Opened not too long ago at Grenfell Street in Adelaide CBD, Plus 82 Pocha is a great place to enjoy delicious Korean food. This restaurant is a big hit with the locals, with a large crowd present during dinner time, so it is advisable to reserve a table.
Their Kimchi Pancake was of a size fit for sharing. It had a crisp exterior which contrasted well with the soft interior. The level of spiciness is mild enough for most palates and some slices of bacon added a bit of saltiness. A drizzling of aioli sauce completed the taste. The pancake was cut into pieces to save you the trouble of having to divide it yourself.
Kimchi Pancake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good dish for a cold day, the rice cakes in their Tteok Bokki had the chewy texture we expected. The fishcakes, vegetables and hard-boiled egg complemented it well. Be aware however that the soup packed a potent spicy punch. It is best to eat this dish slowly as it is served to you piping hot.
Tteok Bokki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the most popular items on their menu, the Korean Fried Chicken was of excellent quality, with the juicy flesh set off wonderfully by the crisp coating. For the sauces, we chose the garlic-honey sauce and the Thanx Choi sauce. The Thanx Choi sauce had a unique smoky flavour with a bit of spice and the garlic-honey sauce had the degree of sweet-savoury flavour we expected. Served with the chicken were pickles which notably include beetroot to give the pickles a pinkish hue.
Korean Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Pickled Vegetables (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We liked the quality of the pork in their Je-Yuk. The pieces were of a good size and cooked just right. The cabbage and carrots were good partners to the pork and the slices of zucchini absorbed a good amount of spicy sauce. A scattering of pork crackling added a salty element to the dish.
Je-Yuk (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For a dish that is not spicy, their Bulgogi is a good choice. The slices of beef were cooked perfectly and the sweet soy sauce gave the dish a delectable sweet-savoury flavour. Aside from zucchini and carrots, the dish also included shiitake and enoki mushrooms, which went well with the beef. Completing the dish were a scattering of hazelnuts and garlic chips to add a bit of extra texture.
Bulgogi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Bulgogi Arancini is one of the smaller dishes available. This dish is great for a light meal or for sating your appetite while waiting for your main meal. The Arancini were fried to golden brown and the use of a different type of rice to the usual risotto gave them a firmer texture than the Arancini at Western restaurants. A drizzling of aioli tied everything together and the Arancini tasted delicious when taken together with the fresh salad greens.
Bulgogi Arancini (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another of the small dishes that can be ordered, the Gogi Wanza featured meatballs made from beef and pork. They had a softer and smoother texture than normal meatballs and had an earthy taste from the Korean spices used in them. The meatballs were tossed in a sweet chilli sauce to give them a hint of spice and like the Arancini, were served on a bed of salad greens to balance out their rich flavour.
Gogi Wanza (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
In addition to their main menu, Plus 82 Pocha has a lunch menu which includes some of their dinner dishes as well as Bibimbap and their Korean take on Burritos. Ambience is what you would expect from a small café and its close location to the bus stops in front of City Cross makes getting there easy. Plus 82 Pocha was the only restaurant that was opened on Sundays at 25 Grenfell Street. The tables set up on the spacious sidewalk are great for families with restless children as there is plenty of space for them to roam.