I must admit that I am one of those people who didn’t even know that this place existed even though I walk past all the time. This Korean style pub has no signage and is located down a set of stairs on Swanston St. Once you are down the stairs you will find lots of cozy booths, friendly service and a variety of tasty traditional Korean fare. Note that Joomak has some awesome late night opening hours (they close at 3am on Wednesday and Thursday and 5am on Friday and Saturday!) making it the perfect place for a decent late night meal.
Love this place. In fact not much has changed since my first visit over a year ago. The service is still super quick (I ordered pretty much everything from the electronic touch screens) and the food is still fresh and delicious. The menu is updated 3 to 4 times a year and everything is freshly hand made right in front of your eyes. This time around I especially enjoyed the spicy seared salmon nigiri, chicken karaage and the seared salmon and scallops (I could really go for more of this right now!) This is definitely the place to go to if you are after quick, tasty, reasonable priced sushi train food. Note that this place can get quite busy and that they will not seat you until your entire party has arrived.
Check out the first part of this clip to get more of an idea of what to expect at Sushi Hotaru.
Shop 118, 200 Bourke St (1st floor of MidCity Arcade), Melbourne
(03) 9663 7538
*Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of SD Marketing Global.
Ice green tea latte – contained more milk and less green tea powder than previous ice green tea lattes that I have had but was still very yummy = Good
Kimchi pancake – a light eggy pancake that barely had any kimchi in it = Not bad
Deep fried octopus balls – came with a generous amount of dried bonito but did not actually contain much octopus in the balls themselves = Not bad
Bulgogi pork – came with rice and miso soup. The pork was tender and bulgogi sauce had a great balance of salty and sweet = Good
Bibimbap – tender stir fry beef with a good variety of vegetables. They forgot to give us any chili pepper paste but were very apologetic when we asked for some = Good
Japchae – chewy sweet potato noodles served with sliced beef, onion, carrot, zucchini, eggplant, enoki mushrooms, chives and Korean soy sauce = Not bad
A tiny little restaurant that serves a mixture of Korean and Japanese food. The service is fast and friendly, while the decor is simple and a little bit strange (think little green footprints on the wall). My only gripe with this place is the portions of the food: too small!