Soban Korean, Chatswood

www.soban.com.au

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $14-$18
Main: $20-$35
Dessert: $5-$10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: 2-3 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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I came here with my family for a gathering dinner. What caught our attention was the big contrast between a day-to-day busy shopping centre and the stylish wooden design of the front doors. Soban has modernised its recipe for western palate but still offers the traditional classic dishes such as bibimbap and Jeon-Gol.

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Complimentary pumpkin soup

Usually Korean cuisine will have a lot of free side dishes but surprisingly other than that, we were given complimentary pumpkin soup as well. It was thick and delicious which all of us finished in less than 10 seconds.

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Chicken Salad – Salad topped with deep fried marinated chicken thigh fillet and oriental dressing, $14.90

Soban has turned an ordinary salad into a fusion funky salad by garnishing it with orange segments and strawberries. This was a refreshing entree to start with, not only it was visually appealing but the flavour of this salad is out of this world!

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Bulgogi Chap-Chae – Stir fried potato starch noodles with mushroom, vegetables and grilled bulgogi, $18.90

As mentioned numerous of time I am a beef lover so everything else mixing up in this dish was simply an obstacle. I went straight into the Bulgogi…and OMG it was so tender and juicy. Then I started to wander around with the chopsticks and picked up the noodles, it was a little bit mushy and soggy, an indication of overcooked noodles. Overall the taste was good and not too oily.

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Seafood Pa-Jeon – Pan fried flour and egg dough with prawn, calamari and mussel, drizzled with balsamic sauce, $18.90

Pa-Jeon is a popular appetizer in Korea, made mostly of eggs and flour. This Korean pizza was packed with seafood and egg-stripes alike on top, it wasn’t the best one I’ve tried so far but the dipping sauce was certainly one of the best.

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Teri-Chicken Bibimbap – Bibimbap topped with thigh fillet marinated with teri sauce served on hot stone pot, $16.90

Bibimbap was served in a hot stone pot with a variety of side dishes. The chicken was crisp and light and I could have eaten the whole bowl easily, the climax to this dish for me was the crispy-crunch rice crust created by the hot stone pot. This was the best dish we ordered for the night.

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Seafood Jeon-Gol – Soban’s beef stock with assorted seafood, vegetables and tofu served to boil on table, $41.90

The Korean style seafood stew here isn’t as spicy as those one I’ve tasted from elsewhere. The broth is placed on the gas stove set into the table. After 10 minutes, the pot is ready. The mushroom and meats have released a dash of sweetness to the broth and the Korean green “Ssukgat”which has a really special taste that cleans your palate.

Conclusion: Fusion Korean restaurant that has a good ambience, although it is located inside Westfield but it feels nothing like it. Service was quick and friendly. Portions are big although slightly overpriced but still worth a try.

Address:

Shop 602 Level 6 (Hoyts Cinema Level) Westfield Shopping Centre, Chatswood 
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 15:00, 17:30 to 21:30
Ph:+612-9415-2028
Web: www.soban.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Chatswood Westfield shopping centre, Burwood Plaza
By: Train:  Chatswood Station 
By Bus:

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