Friday, 10 December 2010

haruaki, windsor

Haruaki on the 145 Chapel St, Windsor is a cheap and cheerful little Korean restaurant with a Japanese touch, perhaps not the type of place that the hip and the glitzy would go for, but certainly one that has its share of fans and regulars.

I mentioned a few posts ago that my parents are visiting at the moment. The last time they came over I treated them to lunch at Movida, and the food was fantastic, but mum and dad, used to the inexpensive delights in Malaysia, were nevertheless perturbed by how much I was shelling out for the meal, and insisted that they would be just as happy with good cheap food. So this time I took them to Haruaki.

I haven't been there for months, and apparently in that time they had changed hands. They also had a lunch special, which I immediately pointed out to my parents: "$5.90 for those dishes! See, that's cheap!"

Unsurprisingly, they opted for the $5.90 specials. The servings were small by Australian standards, but it was perfectly adequate as far as my parents were concerned, and they even offered me a little bit of theirs to taste.

Mum got the bulgogi beef don. The meat was tender and savoury, and mum kept commenting on how nicely cooked the rice was: fluffy, well-separated grains which had just the right levels of softness and moisture.

beef bulgogi on rice

Dad went for the spicy pork don. Hot, saucy and succulent. Yum!

spicy pork on rice

I splashed out on a non-special just under the 10-dollar mark and got the vegetable bibimbap. I just always find it so difficult to go past bibimbap when I have Korean food, and I like Haruaki's - delicious and done dolsot-style, which gave it that lovely crunchy golden crust at the bottom of the stone bowl.

vegetable dolsot bibimbap

It was a warm day and I really felt like a cool dessert, so I went for a goma ice cream to finish things off. Despite the generic-looking chocolate sauce and flaked almonds on top, and knowing it wasn't house-made (I asked - though admittedly I had some trouble communicating with our waitress, as her English wasn't very good, so who knows!), I really liked this, and so did my parents - it was luscious, creamy, and packed with the flavour of black sesame seeds. Just writing about it makes me want one right this moment.

goma (black sesame) ice cream

We didn't get any banchan (Korean side dishes) with our lunch, but for the prices I don't see that as an issue. I was happy with the meal and so were my parents. The food was still as satisfying as I remembered, even with the change in management and staff.

Haruaki's not too far away from where I am, but if it was just that bit closer, I would likely be bombarding it with takeaway orders every so often. With an abundance of Korean eateries in Melbourne, this may not be a place many would travel out of their way for, but it's definitely a place that most would love as their local.

Haruaki on Urbanspoon

8 comments:

  1. I think regardless of how cheap the meal is banchan is a must. It's a form of Korean courtesy.

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  2. Sounds yummy, sounds like there are so many places you have to show me when I'm in Melbourne!
    YC

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  3. they are super small serving sizings =P... snack size haha

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  4. I am hungry for Korean food right now! Culprit: reading food blogs at dinner time! :O

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  5. Ah Michelle, you're a tougher customer than I am. ;)

    YC, yes looking forward to it! :D

    Al - yes, tiny by Australian standards, though I think it is also a little deceptive in those bowls - probably would've looked more generous spread out on plates. Either way, the serving sizes suited my parents so it's all good!

    tigerfish - hope you ended up satisfying your appetite for Korean food!

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  6. I agree with Michelle... I get really annoyed when I don't get served banchan at a Korean eatery.... it's all part of the experience!!!

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  7. I love Korean food....spicy and delicious!! I love every dish here. Wish I can have some!

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  8. msihua, it seems that I must be quite the forgiving customer then!

    It was Mary, we enjoyed them all!

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