The sister shop of the authentic Korean BBQ Restaurant Sinabro on Northbridge's Francis St, Little Sinabro is tucked away between an Adult Shop and a reflexologist on Barrack Street near the Murray Street intersection. Despite some of the unsavoury neighbours, we have found this stretch of Barrack Street to be a happy hunting ground with Levant Cuisine Restaurant, The Wellington Street Taka's Kitchen and Nao Japanese all nearby, along with a few other restaurants we look forward to featuring. So we held fairly high hopes for Little Sinabro.
As is fairly common at The Pavarotti, our impatient appetites got the better of us and we headed for an early lunch. We were the first lunch customers to arrive but the small restaurant slowly filled up during the course of our meal. There was quite an assortment of dishes on offer, with a few of them available for under $10 (the majority of them Teppanyaki dishes). We ordered the pork teppanyaki (always $10) and the fillet steak teppanyaki (usually $12.50 but was the daily special at $10). Both were marinated in soy sauce and served on a sizzling hot plate on top of some bean sprouts along with some cherry tomatoes and green beans. A side of rice and bowl of miso came as standard.
The meals were a good size, with the steak just shading the pork in the flavour department. The offerings seem to be a mixture of Japanese and Korean, with Little Sinabro suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. I must admit that I'm not an authority on whether Teppankyaki falls under the umbrella of Korean cuisine as opposed to Japanese, but it certainly got the job done. Would have loved to try some of the more recognizable Korean dishes on offer but unfortunately most were just outside the $10 range.
Little Sinabro seems to be quite different to the sister restaurant in Northbridge. While not setting our world on fire, it will see semi-regular rotation at The Pavarotti and is a great addition to east end CBD food scene. Had to love the statement on the front door: "The customer is always right." And the K-Pop is complimentary.
Know of any other Korean restaurants in the sub $10 range? Please let us know in the comments below.