Mapo, Adelaide

Bokbunja (black raspberry wine), $4.50

A couple of weekends ago, I experienced my very first degustation meal at Mapo – a Korean fusion restaurant that has been on my ‘to try’ list for a while now and what a delight it was!

The chance to dine here got fast tracked thanks to a groupon offer:

Award-winning Korean food for two – $89 for a six course degustation (Gotta love a good deal!)

Friends have raved on about how good the food is here and with the reputation of holding a number of culinary awards such as:
– Excellence Best Asian Restaurant in SA 2011
– Excellence Best Asian Restaurant in SA 2010
– Lifestyle Food Channel’s Best Korean Restaurant in Australia 2007.

Expectations were super high!

My trusty eating partner N and I team up again and settle ourselves in for the night in Mapo’s contemporary setting ready for our six course feast.

We start off with:

Grilled Japanese scallops served with a sour potato salad and drizzled with truffle oil

Delicious! Perfectly seared juicy scallops married perfectly with the sour potato salad and the small pool of truffle oil.

Dried caramelised squid in a butter soy sauce

How gorgeous are the colours and presentation?!

I’m familiar with dried squid as it is often a staple snack when my father has a few beers with his mates, but this meal, THIS, is something I’ve never tried before. The dried caramelised shredded squid pieces are fragrant and pack a punch of flavour – pungent, sweet and salty. The salad underneath add a nice textural contrast as well as the soft sweet puree.

Two courses in and we’re both happy chaps! Onwards we go:

Korean Kimchi with a rice ball and toasted seaweed

This almost looks like a deconstructed kimbab (korean sushi)… just a lot prettier and tall on the plate. We spent a few minutes oohing and ahhing over the presentation before knocking the rice ball off it’s perch and digged in!

We’re at the half way mark and I’m ready to roll myself home! >.<

Tempura style chicken breast drizzled with honey mustard sauce
Succulent coffee pork spare ribs with a fresh salad
Black Angus eye fillet drizzled with ginger flavoured teriyaki sauce

Looking back at these photos are making me salivate. *Droolssss*

The food was superb, the presentation stunning and the service was friendly and attentive. Mapo, I am thoroughly impressed. My love for Korean food lives on.

Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 5/5
Ambience: 4.5/5


113 Gouger Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8211 6042

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2 comments for “Mapo, Adelaide

  1. Ann
    October 26, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    The food looks sensational. I’m pouting now – that I didn’t see the deal for the degustation dinner. I have been there but I think we ordered bimimbab (?) Time for another visit methinks!

  2. October 27, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    This restaurant has evolved a lot. I know the owners from the first day they opened the restaurant, At that time, the chef’s mother was still there and all they do were traditional Korean fares. Look at it now, it’s like one of those east-west fusion restaurant now. Nice food~~

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