Friday, 6 September 2013

Taste Test - Cori Anna Korean Restaurant

It's been a bit hectic at work lately and all I wanted to do this Friday night was go for a walk around the city, eat, go home and lounge around; I did exactly just that.  Hubby and I walked around the city after work and we decided to eat something quick and simple before we head home to do not much.  We walked aimlessly up William Street, saw Cori Anna Korean Restaurant across the road and decided to go in.  I felt like kimchi soup.
The restaurant is your typical dingy Asian restaurant.  Bad lighting and décor, sticky floors and tables, what more can you ask for?  We were greeted by a friendly waiter who took us to our seats and gave us some menus.  I already knew what I wanted!


Our order
  • Spicy Kimchi Soup with Pork & Tofu in a Hot Pot (kimchi and veges with diced pork and thick sliced tofu in kimchi stock served with rice and three side dishes including kimchi) $14
  • Beef Bibim-bab in a Hot Pot with Chilli Paste (rice, beef mushroom, fried egg, zucchini, bean sprout, spinach, carrot, sesame seed and sesame oil served with soup and three side dishes including kimchi) $14

While we waited for our food to arrive, we admired the poster on the wall advertising their spicy beef soup which was $13.50, then $8.90, and now the $8.90 is crossed out and it is again $13.50.  Take the poster down for goodness sake!  Hubby and I found it very amusing.
Food and presentation - 3.25/5
The food at Cori Anna was nothing exciting and I just realised now as I'm writing this blog post that they ripped us off!  The description of both dishes we ordered specifically states that it comes with three side dishes but we were only given one lot of three side dishes!  Not happy!  Anyway, too late now.  The beef bibim-bab was pretty ordinary and the kimchi soup was not up to standard.  The tofu in the soup was old, if that's the word for it, it was at that wrinkly, chewy texture stage at which tofu should not be served and the taste of the soup was also a bit lacking in flavour.  The side dishes was good though, I love good kimchi!
Spicy Kimchi Soup with Pork & Tofu in a Hot Pot $14
Beef Bibim-bab in a Hot Pot with Chilli Paste $14
Service - 3.25/5
Service was typical of most Asian restaurants, meaning it was lacking.  I did give them bonus points for providing service with a smile, which is not usual practice at your typical Asian restaurants.

Atmosphere - 2.75/5
Little to none.  Patrons tend to just come in to eat and then go.  It's very casual, feels like a cafeteria and had bad lighting and décor.  I also think they need to invest in nicer tea sets or go plain.
Value for money - 3.25/5
Similar pricing to other Korean restaurants serving similar food.

Not likely to go back for another meal unless I desperately want Korean food and I'm in that area and I can't be bothered walking or driving elsewhere.  The probability of that happening is 0.01%.

Taste Test Total Score 12.5/20

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