5 November 2013
Poppo Korean & Japanese restaurant is the most recent notch on my bargain-hunter coupon belt. My online deal scored lunch for 2 people including drinks for less than $20 each. The regular prices are included in this review and they are very reasonable.
The waitress was incredibly friendly and had some great recommendations for popular menu items. We placed our order at the counter and waited only a few minutes before our food and drinks started arriving in quick succession!
Corn tea (complimentary); Lemon ice tea ($3.50); Lemon lime bitters ($2.50)
It is lovely that the restaurant provides free tap water and hot corn tea. We also ordered a cold drink each to shake off the feeling of summer creeping up on us.
Prawn tempura (6 for $11)
The prawn tempura comes with 6 large juicy prawns, which is good value. I reckon the batter was a little heavy but it was interesting to have some herbs mixed in there! We happily dunked prawn after prawn into the sweet soy sauce, not realising that our double-table would soon be piled with food.
Kimchi jyeon ($9)
The kimchi pancake is listed as an entrée despite the huge serving. I actually don’t love kimchi (fermented vegies) but this pancake was seriously tasty. Delightfully crispy edges, packed with flavour, heaps of pickly cabbage, and a delish spicy and sour dipping sauce.
Dolsot bibimbap (beef for $15)
Usually I would have paid an extra $1 to upgrade this dish to pork but the waitress suggested beef, so I rolled with it. This dish comes in either a regular bowl ($10) or a hot stone bowl where the food sizzles a little and bits of rice get crunchy against the side. Yum!! By this stage, our two tables were getting full because Korean food comes with so many awesome sides. You score miso soup and kimchi with this dish.
Mix everything together!
The beef rice bowl is served with seasoned vegies and a fried egg. Plus there’s the red flavoursome sauce that you add to taste. We would have preferred mixing a raw egg through the hot bowl of food, which is the traditional style, but this was still a delicious dish.
Kimchi jjigae ($12)
Accidental kimchi overload haha! Our second main was a spicy kimchi soup with pork and tofu pieces. Sides included sesame bean sprouts, potato and bacon, bite-sized vegie pieces, steamed rice, and more kimchi.
Poppo is conveniently located on Barrack St, which means that I can add this restaurant to my list of favs for workday lunch. The waitress thoughtfully offered take-away containers because our coupon deal provided sooo much food. Generally, a tasty and filling lunch will cost around $10-15 which is seriously good value!
Likes: super lovely service, delicious food, very reasonable prices
Dislikes: accidentally ordering 3 dishes with kimchi flavours
Value for money: excellent
Overall: will defs return another day, great for workday lunches :)
137 Barrack St
(08) 9325 5997