Located in the eastern suburb of Highgate is a quaint Korean eatery found at the rear of a shopping complex. Run by two chefs who have spent many years working in hotels and high quality restaurants, they’ve opened this place to give people a taste of Korean cuisine. The menu offerings are decent and range from tapas dishes to mains that are more substantial. Adelaide Food Central was invited today to sample some of their dishes. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
To start off, I had a Fruit Cocktail which is part of their Summer Special Menu. It’s light and fizzy, and full of fresh fruit. Apparently, it’s quite popular in Korea and something different to start off with.
For food, I started off with entree from The Flying Pan set menu. From top to bottom, it consists of a Korean Chicken Bite, Spring Roll, Spicy Rice Cake Skewer and Rice Ball.
The Korean Chicken Bite was my favourite. Tender and succulent morsels of lightly coated chicken smothered in a sweet and sticky sauce. The Spring Roll was nice and crunchy, and the filling was moist and well cooked through. The Spicy Rice Cake Skewer was chewy in texture with sauce giving it a bit of bite. The Rice Ball was the Korean version of the arancini; lightly coated on the outside with a soft, moist, well flavoured rice filling.
For the main, I had the Beef Bulgogi. This is a dish that I often order at every Korean eatery, and this one was particularly well executed. The beef was lean, tender and well marinated. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, with most still retaining their crunchiness even after frying.
For dessert, I had the Fruit Snow Ice. Full of shaved ice and fruit, this is as healthy as a dessert is going to get.
I’ll admit, I’m a big fan of Korean food and was particularly excited when I was invited to try this place out. The place is run by people who have spent many years in hospitality and certainly know their way around the kitchen. What’s more important is that they are passionate about what they do and it shows in their food. With fast, friendly service and great quality food at a reasonable price, The Flying Pan is a real gem in the eastern suburbs.
The Flying Pan is open from 10am to 8pm from Monday to Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
WHERE: Shop 7, 453 Fullarton Rd, Highgate