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Mapo Korean has been a fixture on the Adelaide restaurant scene since 2002, and they have been growing and growing in confidence ever since. Offering up an innovative menu that few other restaurants can match, both in scale and in authenticity, Mapo Korean is a standout among other local Korean restaurants. From their location on Gouger Street, just a short distance from Grote Street in the city centre, they are moving Korean cuisine forwards, fusing their native cuisine with local Aussie traditions to create something special.
Entree and main course were very tasty and interesting. Sat for a very long time with dirty plates on the table. These were only cleared after we piled them up on the side of the table. No Asian style deserts. Tried the brownie - very dry and over cooked and the Creme brulee which was also uninspiring.
Up market, elegant and refined, Mapo is a wonderful surprise in the busy eating hub of Gouger Street. Plenty of space between tables which are of a good size for sharing the delicious Korean food made for a comfortable dinner where it was easy to talk without shouting. The food from the short menu was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed all of our choices though the tempura dipped pork balls were definitely a standout - lean pork, well seasoned with the thinnest and crispest tempura coating were absolutely delightful. We will definitely come back!
good food, attentive service. We had a couple of entrees, grand platter (coffee ribs were sensational and would order those separately next time), two of the dullsot (seafood and beef) which was enough for 2 Adults and 2 kids (10 and 14). Finished off with a tasty dessert (pudding). Entertainment book helps to keep a lid on the price giving good value as it isnt a cheap place to eat but the food was good! Kids enjoyed the menu too although they are open to eating new foods so maybe not for everyone.
With over 15 years experience of providing Korean food to the hungry public of Adelaide, the folks over at Mapo Korean have been innovating and experimenting with their native Korean cuisine since 2002. Their location, just off Grote Street on Gouger Street in the city centre, allows them to feed off the traditions of the Moonta Street Chinatown and wider Australian influences, and the proof of this is in their menu.
The starters at Mapo Korean showcases these influences. Kimchi arancini is inspired by the local Italian community, fusing the iconic Korean pickled cabbage with rice balls, whereas their ‘flaming’ yook hwe is a Korean answer to steak tartare. Their signature mains include pork spare ribs in a coffee sauce, a clear Aussie reference, as well as one of the best bibimbaps in Adelaide. If you head down to Gouger Street in the city centre, you can be sure of a Korean feast like no other, but be warned: you won’t be the only ones there, so book a table in advance to make sure you get a seat.