*** UPDATE 1, unfortunately the $9.80 special is gone***
*** UPDATE 2, Namoo has changed their opening hours they are only open on Friday for Lunch***
We stumbled across Namoo Korean Restaurant during our recent lunch trips to Little Sinabro and Levant, which are also both located on Barrack St. The signage out the front advertising Palsaik (8 variations of pork belly) immediately had our attention. It may be an opening special, but they are also offering a selection of Hot Stone Bibimbaps & Hot Stone Plates for $9.80.
If you're new to Korean food, don't be scared off by the unfamiliar names. Bulgogi is a Korean dish consisting of marinated meat (beef, pork, chicken, prawns, squid or tofu were available) that is griddled over a hot brazier. This Bulgogi meat is served in both the Hot Stone Plate and Hot Stone Bibimbap meals at Namoo.
The Hot Stone Plate simply served the sizzling meat with rice and a generous amount of marinade. Alarm bells should have been ringing when the manager came out to confirm that Chicken Bulgogi Hot Stone Plate was to be extra spicy. He was laughing already and we soon found out why. It was face-meltingly hot but still delicious.
Bibimbap is one of the most recognizable Korean dishes going around. It is a bowl of white rice served with some of the bulgogi meat and an assortment of shredded vegetables and bean sprouts arranged around the bowl, rather artistically. The piece de resistance is the raw egg placed delicately on top, which cooks against the hot stone bowl as you mix it together. Along with the kimchi and bean sprouts that were provided to the table (as is standard in Korean restaurants), this was one of the more visually appealing Pavarottis we've enjoyed.
Namoo is probably the nicest restaurant in Perth where you can get a Pavarotti lunch. For less than $10 it was a great feed and we're hoping that the special is around for a while as we'd like to be back again soon.
Do you have a favourite Korean Restaurant in Perth? Let us know in the comments below.