With her passion for cooking excellence and her ingenuity for creating high quality food, Chef Heaven Kim came up with her brain child. A fashionable eatery at Surry Hills catering for the discerning customers wishing to share some tasty Korean style fried chicken & casual drinks in an informal venue. Opening it’s doors late January it’s already become an institution where patrons seem to come back again and again for more “Damn Good” friend chicken. After speaking to one of those patrons I decided to see what all the fuss was about.
SSAM BBQ grill $21
We started off with one of my favoured Korean dishes: Ssam. There’s something about wrapping your own morsels that’s pretty satisfying, and when the food is this good it really tips it off the scale. We had a mixture of both wagyu beef and pork belly. Both amazingly succulent, going hand in hand with the spicy chilli sauce and fresh crunchy pickle as if they were made for each other.
Steam Bun $6 each
A bun so soft it’s enough to give up your religion and a crumbed eggplant schnitzel tasty enough to start worshipping. This was a fantastic dish full of complementing flavours and textures that’s like heaven as soon as it passes your lips.
Damn good fried chicken $20
The name says it all. This was some seriously damn good chicken. The generous portions of boneless moist meat were piping hot and super tender. Encrusted in a spicy seasoned batter that was to die for, the side of Korean pickles were the perfect palate cleanser between pieces. Not your average bucket of KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and easily some of the best I’ve had in years.
Spicy cold noodle $17
A traditional Korean dish with a modern twist. The vibrant colours did nothing to overshadow the vibrant flavours in this dish. Made with bean shoots, lettuce, dry seaweed, cucumber and a soft boiled egg, the soft noodles were bathing in a cold spicy consume underneath all the fresh veggies. Usually a dish reserved for the hotter seasons, I actually found this quite refreshing after all the hot food we had devoured.
The Chicken Institute
61 Fitzroy Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010