Your favourite Korean restaurant has just added some delicious new dishes to their menu! Plus 82 Pocha on Grenfell Street has been a popular establishment for quite some time, and with the help of their new menu items, it looks like it’ll stay that way. We were lucky enough to sample the Corn Cheese, Kongbul, Bibim Guksu, and Haemul Dak Bokkeum – all of which are new additions – as well as some old favourites, including their Bulgogi, Tteok-bokki, +82 Kimchi Jeon, and +82 Fries.
Of course we dove straight into the new dishes, starting with the corn cheese. If I had to pick a favourite, this would definitely be it. Although the ingredients were simple, the dish was well-executed and oh-so-delicious. Baked corn, creamy garlic aioli, and a topping of melted cheese; what more could you want? Honestly, this corn cheese alone is worth a trip to Plus 82 Pocha.
These cold noodles have arrived on the menu just in time for summer; they’re light and refreshing with a hint of spice that isn’t too overpowering. The rich taste supplied by the sesame oil was also a nice addition. An accompanying garden salad perfectly complemented and balanced the flavoursome sauce on the noodles, and I was thoroughly impressed by the quality of this dish.
A stir-fry of pork, radish, kimchi, bok choy, and bean sprouts. This dish had the perfect meat to sauce to vegetable ratio, and was absolutely moreish when enjoyed with rice. The spiciness of the sauce in combination with hearty slices of pork made it utterly delectable.
Haemul Dak Bokkeum
Flavours galore! The Haemul Dak Bokkeum has a bit of everything in it; seafood, chicken, veggies, sweetness, and spice. Both the chicken and seafood were perfectly tender, and tossed in a well-balanced sauce with some sesame seeds and spring onion to round it off.
This is a personal favourite of ours – rice cakes, veggies, and fish cakes in a red chilli pepper paste. If you love spice as much as we do, then this is the dish for you! Unfortunately we forgot to order it with cheese, but I’d highly recommend shelling out the extra $2.80 and getting your tteok-bokki topped with melted cheese; the soft rice cakes and hot chilli sauce go with it perfectly.
A classic Korean dish of thin beef slices and sweet soy sauce. The bulgogi is another favourite, and it did not disappoint; both the beef and veggies were well-cooked and still tender, it was flavourful without being overpowering, and also served as a nice intermission between heavier dishes.
All I can say is WOW. If you’re coming to +82, then the fried chicken is a must. We got ours with garlic-honey sauce – which was an excellent choice – but other options include sweet chilli, thanx choi (for those who prefer their KFC on the spicy side), or snow cheese powder. This is possibly one of the best fried chicken dishes I’ve ever tasted; the batter was so satisfyingly crispy, whilst the meat inside remained soft and tender. Drizzled with some garlic-honey sauce, it was easily one of the best dishes of the night.
A kimchi pancake? Sign me up. Once again, +82 proves that they have mastered the art of Korean food. Super crispy, super flavourful, and just an all-around delicious dish. It was impeccably well-fried, drizzled with the perfect quantity of aioli sauce, and served with a generous topping of spring onions. I’m trying to refrain from recommending half the menu, but it’s difficult when the food is just this good.
And last but definitely not least, we couldn’t leave without ordering a generous serving of fries. Just like everything else we tried tonight, they were perfectly cooked, and just plain delicious.
So, if you’re a fan of Korean Hotpot, then you’re in luck! Plus 82 Pocha has also added two new hotpot dishes to their menu: Mussels and Fish Cakes, and Mushroom Gooksoo Jeongol (which is vegetarian-friendly!). Although we didn’t try them tonight, I’m confident that they would be as delicious as every other dish.
Are you looking for a restaurant with excellent service and even better food? If the answer is yes, then Plus 82 Pocha is a must. I can genuinely say that I enjoyed every dish, and I look forward to visiting again.
Words by Xueying Sun
WHERE: Shop 3, 25 Grenfell St, Adelaide