Mr K BBQ (Rosedale, North Shore City, New Zealand)
They said don’t judge the book by its cover, a place might look lifeless, old and dodgy but sometimes these places churn out wonderful dishes take our restaurant as an example for today. This section of Rosedale where our restaurant for today is located is one of those places we never visited even though we pass by it on a regular basis. We just felt its quite a dead place and secluded, not many people and most of it are Korean restaurants up until recently when we were looking for a place to dine in near Albany that opens till late, and Google pointed us here.
As we arrived, we felt quite hesitant, the place was not brightly lit, there were no diner, and the restaurant feels lifeless. Since we were hungry and there was no other place nearby, we decided to stay. There were ample tables so no issues or whatsoever with booking, menu was quite straightforward, the usual Korean dishes plush some Korean Barbecue meats.
We ordered individual ones and not the hot pots nor the Korean barbecue and as we placed our order, they said it would take time for the individual dishes probably around 30 minutes. They then also suggested the hot pots and Korean barbecues as this can be easily prepared. Anyways we had time on our hands to pushed with our individual orders.
As we prepare for our long wait the food start arriving, surprisingly the first one came after 10 minutes, and the rest followed in quick succession. Well, that was good service but how was the food?
So, what did we had? We had several items starting from the Mul Mandu (NZ$16.00/10pcs), a Korean style boiled dumpling.
For the rice dishes we grabbed some Don Katsu (NZ$19.00), deep fried breaded pork cutlet
and Kimchi Bokkeumbap (NZ$20.00) or what we all now as Kimchi Fried Rice.
Then for the soup bowls we had some
Kimchi Jjigae (NZ$23.00), stew flavoured with Kimchi served with beef, tofu, and vegetables.
Then we also had this Dduk Bulgogi (NZ$23.00), another soup stew prepared with beef and spring onions in a sweet soy sauce-based broth.
Then finally we had this Mullaengmyeon (NZ$19.00) Cold Noodle Soup, and I think it’s also served with ice, one of the most surprising dishes we had here.
Dishes are served with unlimited banchan, and it is self-serve so you can have them until your hearts content.
Now for the verdict, well the looks do not justify the food they serve here, everything was great, we felt like dishes are cooked here with passion, it’s that homey feel on every bite, it’s like the food your mom makes for you. Everything was up to par and even exceeded our expectations. The Mullaengmyeon was a surprise, I never combined cold and noodle soup before but for some reason this one work, its savoury but its icy, its meaty and its cold, not the best sounding combination but magically they do work at this instance.
Totally recommended place, prices are reasonable, serving sizes are good, food was tasty, and the service was great too!
Mr. K BBQ
Address: 239 Rosedale Road, Auckland, 0632, New Zealand
Phone: +649 414 5252
Awesome that you enjoyed it so much! That beef soup does look very good to me.
I would agree with your opening sentence 100%. That Dduk Bulgogi looks good – I love Korean galbi tang!
Wow, it sounds like you stumbled across a hidden secret! Our favorite sushi place back when we lived in New York was a tiny place in a strip mall. We would never have just wandered in, but we read good reviews…and then it became one of our favorite spots!
What a winner of a restaurant! The dishes DO look great, so to say that they taste even better is really high praise.