Lazy weekend lunch with two besties. We wanted Korean food but were not prepared to battle it out for parking in Market Square or Sunnybank Plaza, so we trekked a little further and explored our options at the little shopping strip at Turton Street. Opting for something new (rather than our usual at Mapo or Seoul Bistro), we decided to try out the food at Noonane, a couple of shopfronts down.
The store was quite small, with less than 10 tables in the store, but the setup was very homey and quaint.
For a Korean restaurant, the menu was surprisingly brief, with limited, but captivating options. It didn't take long for us to decide what we wanted.
Sides and condiments were provided quite promptly. Options were again limited, for sides we only had spicy radish and kimchi, which were fairly average.
Our mains though which came soon after were definitely far from average. First off was our much anticipated steamed pork belly. The pork was very fatty, which was expected, and the layering was quite a sight to see. The meat itself was very tender and lightly infused with a slight soy taste, this was accentuated when wrapped with lettuce and topped with miso paste, chilli and garlic. We really enjoyed the dish, particularly the interactive DIY elements.
We also ordered a seafood and shallot pancake. Having had this dish numerous times in different places, we were fairly sure of what to expect, but the Noonane version was definitely a surprise, with far more shallot and seafood than pancake. It was more like shallot and seafood which was glued together with slight amounts of pancake batter. Although the batter was limited, it was pan fried to a wonderful crisp, and the toppings were wonderfully fresh and flavoursome, Queen V who is an avid fan of Korean food alleges that this tastes just like pancakes in Korea.
Our last dish to share was the beef stew. It came in a pot with a side serve of rice, and had potato noodles inside as well. The soup had a very sweet soy taste to it, and the beef was very tender to the point of melting in my mouth, proving to be quite a comforting dish, albeit I would have preferred it less sweet. The potato noodles were also tender and were thoroughly infused with the soup, making it quite an enjoyable dish.