Happy Chef (Rosedale, North Shore City, New Zealand)

Indulge in a culinary adventure at Happy Chef, Rosedale. From Hoedeopbap to Squid Bokeum, authentic Korean flavours await!  🍽️ Embarking on a flavour-filled journey at #HappyChef, where Korean cuisine meets Chinese fusion. From tangy kimchi to fiery Squid Bokeum, every bite tells a story. #CulinaryAdventure 🇰🇷

Nestled in the quiet corners of Rosedale’s Arrenway Drive lies Happy Chef, a humble eatery promising Korean flavours. Curiosity piqued, I ventured into this unassuming spot, eager to explore its culinary offerings.

Stepping through the doors, I was greeted by a nostalgic ambiance—a touch of antiquity mingled with a welcoming aura. The dimly lit interior exuded a sense of comfort, inviting patrons to unwind and indulge in a gastronomic journey.

As tradition dictates, our table was adorned with banchan, albeit a modest selection compared to other Korean establishments. Nevertheless, each dish offered a glimpse into Korea’s rich culinary heritage, from the tangy kimchi to the savory pickled vegetables.

Our culinary adventure began with Hoedeopbap (NZ$25.00), a delightful medley of raw salmon, crisp vegetables, and a hint of spice. The dish, reminiscent of bibimbap, captivated my palate with its harmonious blend of flavours and textures. It was a promising start to our meal, setting the bar high for what was to come.

Next on our tasting journey was the Squid Bokeum (NZ$24.00), a fiery concoction of stir-fried squid served with rice. True to its Korean roots, the dish boasted an intense heat that lingered long after each bite. While the spice may have been overpowering for some, it added a depth of flavour that appealed to my adventurous side.

Moving on, we sampled the Kimchi Jjigae (NZ$24.00), a comforting stew brimming with spicy kimchi, tender pork, and silken tofu. While the broth was rich and flavourful, I couldn’t help but wish for a heartier portion of meat and tofu to complement the generous serving of kimchi.

Last but not least was the King Tonkatsu (NZ$25.00), a behemoth of a dish featuring a deep-fried breaded pork cutlet. Visually impressive, it failed to live up to expectations, with the meat lacking the tenderness I had hoped for, and it was burnt on the edges. While the flavours were decent, the dish fell short of delivering the satisfying crunch and succulence synonymous with tonkatsu.

Service at Happy Chef mirrored the stoic demeanour typical of Asian eateries—efficient yet devoid of warmth. However, a gesture of complimentary drinks added a touch of hospitality to the dining experience, highlighting the restaurant’s commitment to customer satisfaction.

Happy Chef offers a mixed bag of culinary delights, with hits and misses scattered throughout the menu. While some dishes may leave you wanting more, others will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. For those seeking an authentic taste of Korea in Auckland’s North Shore, Happy Chef presents a worthy contender amidst the bustling food scene.

Happy Chef (also called Happy Table)
Address: 12 Arrenway Drive, Rosedale, Auckland 0632, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 912 8544


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