Kimchi Grandma has been serving delicious Korean food for years. There are lots of Korean restaurants on Koornang road and this is one of the good ones. The Korean BBQ experience is fun because you get to cook the meat and vegetables yourself, but occasionally I’m just too lazy to cook and would rather have my food cooked for me. This is when I go to Kimchi Grandma. No mutated tables with in-built BBQ’s, just good ‘ol (cooked already) Korean food. To BBQ or not to BBQ, that is the question. When I choose not to BBQ, the restaurant of my choice is Kimchi Grandma.
They serve traditional Korean corn tea made from boiled roasted corn kernals. Love love love! It’s warm and calming and has a subtle corn flavour. Yum! Then they bring out five little bowls of Korean condiments. We were served the fish cakes, bean sprouts, asian slaw, seaweed and the famed kimchi. Korea’s national dish is spicy fermented cabbage commonly known as kimchi.
The Dae-ji-bul-go-gi (spicy pork BBQ) is my fave. It is really thin slices of pork marinated in a homemade traditional chilli-based sauce. It is so tasty! It’s spicy and flavorsome and needs a side of steamed rice to collected the flavour. The plain steamed rice is short and fluffy with a slight stickiness to it, which goes really well with any of the dishes.
The Gal-bi beef spare ribs were also yummy they are marinated in a thick sweet sticky soy sauce which is delicious. You sort of have to get your hands a little dirty with these because they are ribs on the bone and it a difficult task to eat them with your cutlery. So caution: don’t order these on a first date? Or do! It’s probably better to have your date accept you as a foodie from the get go.
The varnished floorboards, wooden tables and brick walls give the place a clean and modern feel. There is Korean art hung up along the walls that make the restaurant feel homely. If you’re planning to go to Kimchi Grandma for dinner on the weekend I would recommend you make a booking because it’s usually jam-packed. During the week, less packed. There are lots of Korean restaurants on Koornang Road but this is definitely one of the better ones.
I heart Kimchi Grandma!
Address: 125 Koornang Road, Carnegie VIC 3163
Phone: 03 9078 9813
Trading Hours: Mon- Sun 11.30am-3.30pm (Lunch) & 5pm-10.30pm (Dinner)