Moving on, my best friend and I recently celebrated our birthdays by visiting Mapo. Now stalk me a little, you will know my birthday is in April and hers is in January. Bad friend? Stop right there my beloved reader! Unfortunately for me, my maternal grandmother passed away during January
Mapo is Korean fine dining restaurant in which old korean dishes meet the western style of presentation. I have actually been here many a time on anniversaries, birthdays and whatnot and the food has always been fantastic. However the presentation of the food always seems to be changing, possibly to keep up with the latest plating presentation "trend"? At least you know it's modern :)
For entrée, we ordered the Mapo Money Bags and the Scallops. My my were they tasty!
$13.90 for 2
|Whoops, forgot to put the and in!|
|$14.90 for 4 Scallops|
The Scallops were so fresh and big and juicy. I absolutely loved them! They were not overcooked which helped them retain some of it's natural sweetness and the tartare sauce served with the green beans was very pleasant! Once again, the condiments weren't very strong, which I suppose is to keep the focus on the center point of the dish (Scallops). It was really cute when the couple sitting near us ate their scallops and asked the waitress how to say delicious in korean (mashiseo boyeoyo).
For our mains, we were naughty and decided to order meat and no extra veggies. Bam's excuse was there will be veggies on the plate already. We ended up picking the Coffee Pork Spare Ribs and the SA Angus Eye Fillet Fire in Beef.
The Fire in Beef was very tender. So tender that even when us girls were taking our sweet sweet time eating and talking, the beef got cold. But it was still so so tender. The sauce was a sweet soy and a korean black raspberry (bokbunja) sauce. The flavours were very robust, but not enough to make me put my knife and fork and chopsticks down (yea I have 3 hands). The eye fillet was cut into 3 large pieces. So so so so tender. I'm not a huge fan of beef, but if all beef was cooked like this, there would be a couple more less cows in the world. The beef was served on grilled vegetables - zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, string beans all lightly charred but so yummy. What a wonderful dish!
The service at Mapo was alright when we went. We had to keep asking for our water to be topped up last time I was there the waiter was pretty good looking and very attentive. I'll let them pass this once. I suppose when you pay a lot of money for food you expect good service too, but it didn't hinder my dining experience here.
Mapo is open for lunch 12pm - 2pm on Fridays and open daily from 5.30pm to 10.30pm.