With the exception of Sydney Madang and Cocom Hair News, FM Hair and the grocery next door, the kind of service experience you get when you go Korean is that “I’d rather be in Seoul” snarly attitude. Dump and run. Roll of the eyes when you ask for something.
They certainly weren’t smiley at Seoul Ria either, a fairly standard issue K restaurant fitted out with the typical shades of timber and the large LCDs playing eye candy K-pop film clips. The food doesn’t raise the standards of Korean in Sydney but doesn’t lower them either. Beef bulgogi doesn’t have that intense sweetness as others might which means you can continue to consume without reaching for a glass of water, the seafood kimchi pancake pan fried to a nice golden brown. What will need you asking for more H20 is the kimchi hot pot that looks like it’s been scooped from a volcano, the stone pot for the bibimbap hot enough to give the rice and contents a good char.
So the staff might have a bit of an attitude, maybe it’s management policy to hire K with a lack of personality. But the fact that they might be soulless doesn’t mean that should distract you from the decent Seoul food here.
3 / 5 yums!
Where? Level 2, 605-609 Cnr of George and Goulburn Street, Haymarket, NSW