Thursday, March 28, 2013

La Grilla

Judging by the name you wouldn't expect the restaurant to be one serving Korean food. La Grilla is located in Canley Heights and thus a very convenient drive from where I live. I had wanted to try it after seeing the decent rating on Urbanspoon.
We ordered the bulgogi beef for 2 served with dumplings, glass noodles, mushrooms and some greens and on top of that the seafood pancake. Being a Korean restaurant we were served some complimentary side dishes.

Assortment of side dishes
The kimchi was pretty acceptable to my standards. Not so much a fan of the green beans but that was rather tasty too. The spring rolls on the top right was something new as far as side dishes are concerned and they were surprisingly really delicious. They were very crunchy and flavoursome. It was a shame that we were not offered or given any refills like I expected since I really wanted some more of the kimchi.

Bulgogi beef hot pot for two $35
The bulgogi beef hot pot didn't come out too long after we ordered and I was stoked that there was quite a lot of beef! We were unsure on how to cook it upon first inspection but basically you just cook the beef at the top of the dome and you heat up the veggies and mushrooms in the "soup moat". It doesn't look like the beef has been marinated just by the appearance of it but once cooked and popped into the mouth you could really taste the marinade and it was especially delicious with the rice. 

Seafood pancake $12
The seafood pancake was nice and crispy with a decent amount of squid legs amidst the batter. It did taste a tad burnt but I'm not sure if that's how it's normally served. The accompanying sauce complemented it well. A good pancake but not the best. Madang in Sydney takes top spot for best seafood pancake but definitely much better than the one at Stra Pocha in Strathfield.

Overall, La Grilla is a good place to dine at and really a welcome addition to Canley Heights.

La Grilla on Urbanspoon

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