Would it be wrong for me to declare my love for a super cute little Korean after just one date? Well if it's wrong I don't wanna be right. Despite his location on the somewhat culinary challenged Swanson Street this newby to Melbourne hits all the right notes. Sure I was skeptical of my new love at first. I approached with caution and I noticed many other would-be diners do the same.
But I threw caution to the wind and gave my little Oppa a chance. One can be forgiven for thinking that some plates were going to be smashed Greek style with shouts of "Opa!" but no, this place is pure Korean pop, it's even playing on the stereo. Super fresh, clean and fun interiors, light timbers, dado boards and exposed whitewashed brick walls. Plenty of seating options for solo diners like me or for groups of Uni students dining at the wooden communal tables.
The friendly staff at Oppa greet you as you arrive and provide guidance on completing the menu, you select what you want with a marker and the waitress collects it for you. In a mere matter of moments your chosen Korean deliciousness arrives, looking very fetching indeed. Followers of my Instagram account will be familiar with my fondness for food in bowls. Well Oppa kicks it up a notch serving their Bulgogi in buckets. A bucket you say? Oh yes, sign me up. At $10 for a spicy chicken Bulgogi you are in for a double treat. Not only is the dish totally moreish but it comes with a couple of added surprises, a potato croquette and a wedge of orange. Oh my, I told you this place was kawaii. I had full flash backs to half time at netball circa '86 when I saw that orange. Anyway, this dish was pure happiness in a bucket.
If you are inclined to wash down your Korean with a bit of beer, well that's a steal too at only $5.50. There's a wall of it waiting for you. Non-alcoholics can imbibe on an array of Korean juices and milks, soft drinks and ginger beer too.
But Oppa is no one trick pony. In fact this is a place I could happily eat my way through the entire menu. There's bibimbap, salads (I especially like the sound of the popcorn chicken salad) soba, wings, ribs and kfc. No the Colonel isn't moonlighting, Oppa does their own Korean fried chicken. If you are a paleo fan in search of some fermentation be sure to ask for some kimchi with your dish. So my new boyfriend really is the whole package, I hope you like him and by the way don't bring plastic my guy only deals in cash.
Oppa Korean Kitchen
271 Swanston St, Melbourne
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