30 Sep Table by S, North Melbourne
On a very cold and wet Melbourne day, mum and I ventured into Table by S to feast on Korean cuisine. It was a quiet restaurant that day – a result of both the early time of arrival and terrible weather. Table by S describes itself as a contemporary Korean restaurant with Latin American, Japanese and American influences and it has a cosy and inviting fit out with a decent amount of spacing between tables.
Our two tapas were the seasonal grilled scallops and simmered premium pork belly. The plump, grilled scallops were one example of a dish with Latin American influence and came with a great combination of sauces and mayo. This was one of our favourites from today. The serving for the simmered pork belly was surprisingly generous. Although it was classified under tapas it could have almost been sufficient as a meal in itself. The broth was beautifully delicate and aromatic, full of sweetness imparted by the pork.
I was really hoping to try the wagyu sal chi sal stone grill because I wasn’t sure what cut of beef it was. Unfortunately it was unavailable so we could only take the angus beef stone grill. The steak was cooked on the stone grill by the waiters, making a wonderful show with the butane torch and oil. Use of the torch allowed the beef to caramelise whilst keeping the inside tender and juicy. It also came with two sauces – a sweet soy and a beanpaste-based sauce (maybe gochujang?).
Next was the spicy braised beef ribs. It had a lot of dried chillis in it but wasn’t incredibly spicy. The meat was tasty and tender, falling off the bone, and the sauce was slightly sweet. It may have been a bit salty if we hadn’t ordered the rice to with it. Though it wasn’t mentioned in the menu description, the addition of the dangmyeon was nice. More crysanthemum leaves would also have helped break up the strong flavours of the braise, as toothsome as it was.
Table by S also has a takeaway menu featuring many of the same dishes offered in the regular dinner menu. Both of us were impressed with the quality of food and the friendliness and politeness of the staff here. It was also nice to see a good Korean restaurant located outside of the CBD!
Table by S
156 Peel Street
North Melbourne, VIC, 3051
(03) 9996 0052