Have you got a cup of coffee and 20 minutes to spare?
You do? Good!
In that case settle down and get comfortable this might be a long review….but in a good way.
This review is going to be a bit on the wordy side because I tried so many different dishes, and because I loved almost everything I want to tell you about them all. So eyes down and pay attention you won’t want to miss what I have to say about this hidden gem.
This year as well as focusing on the big ‘name’ restaurants in Glasgow which I adore, I also want to become a bit of a champion for the unsung hidden heroes in the Glasgow food scene. Those little places that you would perhaps walk past and not realise it was there, or the places that you might be a little intimidated to go into because it doesn’t look as polished as we normally like. I am going to make it my mission to find these great little spots and tell you all about them.
(credit where it is due – this is my buddy Austen’s idea who penned the saying ‘The Geek – going where no other bloggers go’ 🙂 so I will be dragging him along on these missions with me)
With this in mind last weekend I paid a visit to Master Sun’s Hotpot on Cambridge Street with some of my favourites for some Korean food.
Master Suns is the very essence of dive dining, everything was basic. White walls, wooden chairs and zero decoration. It didn’t bother me tho because this is the type of place you come for an authentic eastern cafe style experience, rather than somewhere to enjoy a western version of a cuisine with a glass of wine and a cocktail in beautiful surroundings.
Our waitress was nice enough she smiled when she came to take our order and quickly bought us drinks and food but was perhaps a little stand-offish. It does have to be mentioned that it did take quite for our plates to be cleared and to get our bill, but by that point the restaurant was mobbed so I wasn’t too bothered by it.
The menu has a good but not overwhelming selection of Korean dishes to pick from. Everything sounded really interesting so it took us quite a while to decided what to go for. It’s worth pointing out that even though the menu is broken down into starters then a selection of mains, noodles, soups etc they just bring the dishes out when they’re ready – as is traditionally how food is served in Korean rather than in courses.
I tried so many dishes so I thought it might be a bit easier to break this review down in a list format so that it is a bit easier to cover everything……so here goes!
Mul Mando – Hand made dumplings with minced pork, chinese leaf and spring onion. These were so tasty the dumplings were large and packed with flavourful stuffing.
Gun Mando – Pan fried Hand made dumplings with minced pork, chinese leaf and spring onion. These were exactly the same as the Mul Mando but had been coated I think in some kind of sugar so that when it was fried it had almost a creme brûlée style texture. Although I loved the Mul Mando I think I preferred these ever so slightly more.
Kim-Chi Jeon – Pan fried Kimchi mixed in flour. This was definitely a stand out dish for me. These glorious little pancakes of gorgeousness were amazing – crunchy, ever so slightly spicy and golden. They were so good that despite the amount of food we ordered I very nearly ordered a second plate.
Kim Chi – Famous spicy Korean preserved cabbage. Kimchi is a weird dish, you will either love it or hate it. It lives very firmly in the Yum/Yuck section of food. Personally I love it. This version was nice and crunchy with just the right amount of heat for me.
Deep Fried Chicken – Korean flavoured deep-fried chicken. We opted to have ours served in a spicy sauce. This was another favourite of mine. The sauce definitely made the dish, it was a hot tomato base loaded (I think) with soya sauce, it was incredibly moreish. The chicken was well cooked and the crunchy coating held up well to being smothering in sticky sauce. A fantastic little dish which I massively recommend.
Beef Bul Go Gi – Korean BBQ beef served in Chef’s special sauce. This was actually MrG dish but we shared our dishes a little. The beef was tender and moist but there was no sauce as such to speak of. I would say that by default this was probably my least favourite dish but only because this was the blandest of them all…not bad as such it just didn’t compare to the other extremely flavourful dishes.
Cheese Don Katu – Deep fried pork loin in breadcrumbs with cheese in the middle. I can not tell you how much I LOVED this dish. This breadcrumb coating was beautifully seasoned and the cheese was gooey and plentiful. The pork had perhaps dried out ever so slightly due to the deep-frying but this was more than compensated with the glorious cheese. I would absolutely have this dish again.
Phew I think that covered everything we ate!
For this insanely wonderful Korean food our bill came in at £97.03 which included all this food plus 2 rounds of drinks, a bowl of soup and Cheese Raymun which I never tried plus a second portion of Cheese Don Katu. So all in the value for money was absolutely excellent and could not be faulted.
I am not sure I would eat here regularly purely because it’s not the type of food I would crave often, but let me tell you this little slice of modern Korea in Glasgow is 100% definitely worth checking out…and soon.