Another star of the new Seoul renaissance, White Tomato is a friendly restaurant set in a grand old Victorian building with a soaring, ornate pressed-metal ceiling and stainedglass skylights. This combination of old grandeur and contemporary, casual dining set to a pop soundtrack may seem an odd mix to some, but Koreans have no qualms about mixing food and entertainment so why not join in the fun?
The food here is classic Korean from spicy, steaming hot pots to barbecue-grilled meats and seafood cooked at your table and served with condiments galore by young, efficient staff. The kimchi dumplings are a nice take on Korea’s favourite side dish, which is served with just about every meal on the menu.
The dishes here go well with a Hite Korean beer and, for those feeling celebratory, a shot or three of the national spirit, shoji.
160-162 Bourke Street, Melbourne
(03) 9663 0370