Friday, October 15, 2010

Maru @ Sunnybank, Brisbane

Hello readers, saying hi from sunny and warm Brisbane. Still waiting for my internet connection but a kind random non password wifi internet connection among the residence is allowing me to sneak this review through.

The weather has been kind to us for the last 2 days, its been slightly windy and the sun has been down for most part of the day. Definitely a better welcome compared to last week when i was soaked in sweat exploring the city and tackling the hills.

The first impression with Brisbane is that it bears resemblance to Singapore and Hong Kong, especially the CBD area. The tall skyscrapers that are littered all over a few streets in contrast to a squared shaped Melbourne CBD gives you a rather claustrophobic feeling and it doesn't help that the weather is pretty much as warm as Malaysia too for most part of the year.

If anything after being taken around by a friend, a car seems like the most convenient transport apart from the buses and trains that i don't see. Hopefully as i explore the place more, i am proved otherwise because i just don't have the budget for a car. 

As an appreciation dinner for my friend who helped us out with this trusty Honda Jazz, we went to Maru up at Sunnybank, the equivalent of Doncaster / Boxhill of Melbourne.

Littered with koreans and recommended by a korean, we know we are in good hands. The limited ban chan though was slightly disappointing but the seaweed and kim chi was good.

 Apart from the obligatory BBQ, they also do big hot pots for sharing. The marinated beef and octopus comes in a mild spicy soup base along with vegetables and tofu. Perfect for the slightly cold weather and tastes incredible with the sticky rice they serve. A regular serves 2 pax but this can easily fill three people up.

The fried chicken with spicy sauce came with an overly thick batter but the sauce only called out for more rice. Reminded us of a quaint korean restaurant in Adelaide which we frequent as students. 

From what we had, this looks like a winner for some korean food and for 3 pax, the bill came up to AUD 68.80, not cheap but alright for a once in awhile treat.

Address and contact details:

Maru Korean BBQ Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Got a car in Brisbane and craving for some korean food? This fits the bill perfectly.

Back to Melbourne food reviews soon!


J said...

Well, Korean food in general is not cheap, especially in Australia... Most important thing is that it was yummy, right? :)

(Good to read that you and wifey are safely in Brisbane already..)

Michelle Chin said...

You can always learn how to cook Korean dishes if you crave for Korean food. :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: yeah prob will learn soon, theres a korean mart just a few steps away from me!

j: yeah there r slightly abit more exp than fast food.

Paranoid Android said...

Hurrah! Nice to know that you are settling down nicely at BNE. And a little bit of Korean food at the side as a mini celebration of sorts.

And Happy Whatchamacallit Anniversary!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pa: haha well got to settle down quickly if not monday going to start work already! y thank u for the well wishes!

Michelle Chin said...

quickly quickly!

CUMI & CIKI said...

looks like you like Brisbane and Brisbane Likes you! LOL.. gr8 to know the weather is so much better.. hope u r well. Food looks awesome! Is it spicy? LOL

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: well i seem to b lucky when it comes to weather..skipping the 2wk rain in brisbane and the hails in melbourne too! food is not overly spicy..cant take too spicy!

michelle: yeah i will start writing on the wkends!

thenomadGourmand said...

congrats Joe!


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: thanks! *hugs*