Moon Park – mod Korean in Sydney
Probably the first modern korean restaurant to open in Sydney, Moon Park introduced us to high quality traditional dishes mixed with aus/korean inspired food. It makes for a delicious feast. The upstairs room is all pared back minimalist concrete in an old corner terrace. That leaves all the attention all on the food. Sadly for us, Moon Park is only open a couple more months, so we’ve popped back to enjoy it all again.
We’ve brought a crowd with us, so we can share the many dishes. Snacking on chilli pepitas with yuzu flavoured cocktails is a damn good start. Then our first trio arrives. The rich, creamy korean miso soup with oyster cream is paired perfectly with crunchy parsnip chips in rice batter. The braised shiitake is so meaty it reminds me of abalone, and is offset with lovely combo oil.
Tasty names, tasty dishes
The words roll around the mouth, anticipating some of the wonderfully named dishes coming. Gungoguma, bulgogi, bibimbap! I love the crab meat in Gungoguma but find the sweet potato with it too heavy and sweet. The raw yukhoe, beef tartare, is a favourite for me in any country, and this one did not disappoint.
Bibimbap is a rice bowl of korean soul food. The confit ocean trout, raw egg, nori and pickled onion need a good bit of elbow grease at the table to mix thoroughly with the rice. Luscious pork belly bulgogi is a korean version of our favourite winter warmer.
The “can’t miss” extras
We requested extra dishes from the menu, we are not going to miss the korean fried chicken one last time. Finger licking good indeed. And the cucumber kimchi was an eye opener fermented pickled goodness, tart and spicy.
So, bingsu or moon pie for dessert – oh let’s have both! Bingsu has the fresh fruitiness of apple and mandarin with creamy yuzu and bay leaf custard. The moon pie is gloriously deconstructed into prunes, maesil marshmallow, ginger jelly, and white chocolate pudding. It’s a dead heat in popularity.
Have you been to Moon Park, or maybe trying to squeeze in before it’s gone for good? What did you think of it?
Best bits: bulgogi and bibimbap please!
Worst bits: it’s closing soon.
Where am I?
Moon Park, 34 Redfern St, Redfern NSW 2016