Saturday, March 31, 2012

Guhng (The Palace)

Guhng (The Palace)
19 McKillop Street
Melbourne, VIC3000

Oh sweet freedom, how nice it is to see you again! Fridays are such a joy. 

Our reservation was at 6, and after a few hours of cards, we were keen to get some food in ourselves. On arrival, we were promptly shown to our seat (after noting they'd completely misheard my name, that I had undergone a gender change and I was now named after a devilish, fictional character)

There were a few qualms with our seats located on the lower ground so we asked to change the seating to the third floor. Unfortunately we were told the seats there were 4 seaters only and couldn't accommodate our group of 6 so we had to stay put. Rather than risk splurging, we went with a set menu.
 
Typical complementary sides.
Pan Fried Dumplings were very bland; the only ingredient I tasted was the vermicelli ._. Soy sauce is a must, which was thankfully diluted.
Beef Rib Salad. When the menu detailed the set course for 6 people, I didn't expect them to be this stingy with their servings as there was literally one piece of beef per person, then we filled up on the remaining salad. Points for the controlled dosage of tangy dressing.

The mild flavour of the Baek Se Ju (right) paled in contrast with the raspberry splattered Bo Hae. Go with the latter for a comparatively exciting experience. Cutely presented in shot glasses so we could pretend we had a high alcohol tolerance. (Except for L, who holds her liquor fairly well~)

No self serve here. The waitress was very attentive with the cooking and proportionate cutting of the meat. By the end of it though, I had no idea whether I was indulging in the Wagyu Scotch Fillet, Oyster Blades, or Rib Fillets.  As a general statement, the meats were juicy, but lacking in character.

If you're not following the rule of 'first come first serve', you'll get a maximum of 2 pieces of meat per cut. There's also Pork Belly which I didn't make it in time to, but apparently it was very fatty and flavourless.

The picture is deceiving - that pot was quite shallow. Each person received a small bowl of the broth which L described as 'in-your-face-salty' and it was rather deprived of ingredients.

You can try fish for some beef and maybe you'll get lucky. Or you'll just lift up the spoon to expose the little bunch of enoki swimming around.
 Ah the seafood, looking so wonderful and fresh as their flesh cooks on the plate, accompanied by a small dish of soy sauce. The King Prawns were massive but were separated into more bite sized chunks following the waitress and her snipping (so much that a portion of the tail become a projectile and launched itself over to K).



 Desserts tend to be the redeeming course. Each cylinder of ice cream sat within a milk chocolate cage, dusted with sugar. The Black Sesame Ice cream possessed a distinct taste which was mildly impressive considering how you can get varieties looking and tasting like dusty vanilla.

Green Tea Ice Cream
 
Cheesecake wasn't to my liking. It was refrigerated and had a minimal, stubborn biscuit base.

Green Tea Tiramisu
The layer of red bean was well done; soft and not crammed with sugar like many other Asian restaurants.
Last and certainly the least (to disappoint) the Panna cottas. Whatever the red one was, it was better. Less gelatinous than the green and kissed with a bare amount of sugar. 

$45 for a barely filling meal truly isn't great value. Best be on the lookout for other places.

Price: About $315 (+2 soft drinks)

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