The latest addition to the Korean food scene is Seoul Project, tucked into a laneway between George and Pitt streets. As the name would imply, they’re a modern Korean eatery serving up lunch, dinner and drinks and open till late.
Inside Seoul Project, there is an open plan space, including an open kitchen. Tables for 2-4 people, bar tables and stools and a sectioned off area for larger groups. Decorated in eclectic wall art ranging from the Korean flag through to Psy. There is a TV mounted on the wall, which was showing sports when we dined.
We naturally started our Korean meal as every Korean meal should start. With the mandatory bottle of soju. Rather than go old school, we decided to try one of their many flavoured soju drinks. Grapefruit! It had a mild citrus flavour, tasting a little like lemon squash. It was quite tasty and made the soju go down a lot more smoothly! This could get dangerous!!
We started off by nibbling on some kimchi arancini. Deliciously crunchy deep fried balls filled with a rice, mushroom, onion and cheese combination. A little spicy, and very cheesy. Can’t go wrong with that!
Our first dish was bibimbap. This is a very traditional Korean dish and is essentially rice topped with vegetables, a protein, raw egg and chilli paste and is served in a sizzling clay pot. At Seoul Project, you have a wide selection of proteins to choose from. We went with the spicy pork belly and the dish was polished off in seconds. Literally! This is a must order!
These days, everyone is doing KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). Seoul Project stick to the 3 favourites around town: plain fried, spicy, and garlic snow. We’ve done fried and spicy to death, so we opted for garlic snow. Essentially fried chicken topped with a butter garlic seasoning. And.. IT. IS. SO. MOREISH. Be very careful. This garlic snow flavour is addictive!
Steak tartare is a universal favourite. However, the Korean style steak tartare, yuk hwe, is a little unique. Thinly sliced raw beef, pear, spring onion and egg yolk. And we loved it! The soy sauce and sesame seed oil sauce is sweet and compliments the raw beef so well. And the crunchy pear just adds another dimension. Different from the westernised steak tartare but just as delicious!
We then finished up the traditional way with a hotpot. We chose the soondubu jjigae, a spicy, silken tofu, seafood soup. This hit the spot! An abundance of vegetables, seafood and tofu and the most delicious spicy seafood broth.
We love Korean food and we had an epic night at Seoul Project. There’s a great ambience to the place and the service is impeccable. In fact, we only had stomach capacity to try a very small percentage of their rather expansive menu. There’s still so much we wanted to try. We highly recommend dropping in for lunch or dinner, or better yet, dinner and drinks. We know we will!
9 Wilmot Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys