***Restaurant permanently closed…replaced by Twisted Chopsticks***
Entertainment Card: 25% off the total bill (up to $25 value)
Ninniku Jip is predominantly a Korean restaurant located in the lower end (south) of Albany Highway in Victoria Park. I say predominantly as it is not quite totally korean – some of their dishes have a strong Japanese and Italian influence! (quite unique and fusiony isn’t it?)
Ninniku means “garlic” in Japanese and Jip means “house” in Korean, which when directly translated gives us Garlic House. I’m glad they stuck to the ‘asian’ name rather than the english – I’m not sure whether I will be attracted to eat at a restaurant named garlic…
Back to the restaurant itself, it is very modern and spacious, decorated tastefully with bold colours of red, white and black and abstract paintings on the wall (an avenue for unknown artists to exhibit their works). What they pride themselves in is also their Children Playground facilities right in the middle of the restaurant (check out the pics in their website) – a great way to entertain the kids while the parents chat over their meal.
We had the following for lunch:
- Latte and Iced Lemon Tea
- Bento Plate Lunch Special – Beef Bulgogi ($10.80)
- Bento Plate Lunch Special – Baby Octopus ($10.80)
Their lunch specials are served with rice, salad, a bowl of soup and namul (seasoned bean sprout and cucumber dish in this case). The baby octopus is a ‘fairly spicy small baby octopus in hot spicy sauce with vegies’ (as described in the menu) and BOY, did they mean it with the hot spicy sauce! Without knowing what is coming with the sauce, I started mixing the sauce with the rice and regretted it after – my tongue was burning after each bite (this is taking into account that I can’t eat spicy food normally) and I had to soothe it with lots and lots of water. Seeing my suffering, my friend was kind enough to offer half the rice from the beef bulgogi set so I had something to eat (that’s what friends are for!). Onto the beef bulgogi, a ‘thinly sliced and marinated beef stir fried with vegies’, I would have to say that I have tasted better ones – this tasted more like ordinary stir-fry beef and not the authentic beef bulgogi that I have had at other places (maybe catering to the fusion theme?).
This is the second time I have been to the restaurant and the food both times were quite ordinary – maybe I’m after more of the authentic Korean taste rather than the fusion taste. As for service, the waitperson was polite and the drinks and dishes came out promptly. It could be a place to drop by for some fusion Korean food when you are in the area.