6 July 2014
Phill Bean is a quiet Korean restaurant in my neighbourhood. My first experience at the Shelley Hub was the tasty Aussie-Italian food at Hub Grill and the second was rubbish Indian food at Nite Spice. I brought a large group of friends for dinner on Friday night and the lovely manager kept the restaurant open a little later so that we could happily chat away and enjoy our meals.
Korean food is so trendy in Perth nowadays (yes, I used the word “trendy” but that’s just how I roll). It is generally delicious, very affordable, and suitable for my fussy vegetarian friends. Win win win!
Honey jujube tea ($2.50)
The honey jujube tea was sweet and fruity. It arrived so thick and syrupy that I shared half with my friend and added hot water. Warm and delicious and sweet, no regrets!
Kimchi pancake ($9.50)
The pancake was thick, crunchy, freshly fried, and packed with kim chi. If you enjoy pickles and spicy food, kim chi would probably make it onto your list of favourite things. We loved dipping the pancake into the yummy salty and sour dipping sauce.
Yuk gae jang ($14)
You can’t beat hot soup and chilli on a drizzly winter’s evening. I suffered some major food envy when this spicy beef soup landed on the table. Obviously I stole a few spoonfuls and enjoyed the tender meat and flavoursome broth.
Hot clay beef bibimbap ($14.50)
A hearty rice bowl filled with vegies is the closest that I can find to a home-cooked meal. This was exactly what I was in the mood for. I prefer the shredded soy beef in the bibimbap from Poppo Korean to the beef mince in this version, but a gorgeous fried egg added extra tasty protein. They also brought me more of the salty and spicy sauce for free.
Galbi tang ($14)
My evening was spent trapped between 2 friends who both ordered beef soups that looked and smelled amazing. The fragrant beef short rib soup was a clear and delicious broth with enoki mushrooms and sweet potato noodles floating around. Tender meat fell from the bone and paired surprisingly well with the vinegary dipping sauce. You can’t go past a bowl of warm broth and fluffy steamed rice *happy sigh*.
Service was helpful and attentive, with free tap water served throughout our meal. I count myself lucky to live so close to awesome little suburban gems like Phill Bean. Hearty, tasty, and cheap home-style Korean food. We might have found the perfect winter hide-out!
Likes: hearty meals, lovely staff, delicious beef short rib soup
Value for money: excellent
Overall: a quiet suburban restaurant with great home-style Korean food
Unit 2, 17 Tribute St West
(08) 9354 7272