White tomato 2

Name: White Tomato
Location: Russell/Bourke St (160/162 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000)
Price range: See first entry about White Tomato

I did mention the wallpaper, and the fumehoods for every table. But did I mention the ceiling? I have now.

Rose stained glass ceiling/ So pretty and Korean/ But I don't know why

We went back to White Tomato to make further progress in my quest to review every lunch menu item. We were also hungry.

Beef Bulgolgi (with rice)
Sizzling beef on a slab of blistering hot stone. Oh yeah. There’s some cabbage and onions too. It still spits oil and emits plumes of lunchy steam when its set on the table.

Sizzle, crackle, pop/ No, it's not them Rice Bubbles/ It's Beef Bulgolgi

I found it to be bland for a bulgolgi though. (Not necessarily a bad thing! Sometimes you want to keep it simple and regain your sense of taste.) Overall, 7/10

Spicy soft bean curd and seafood hotpot (with rice)
We’ve seen this one before. This one is also still bubbling away when it arrives.

Soft bean curd in soup/ This is one of my fav'rites/ Good start to the day

It’s not as spicy as it looks, and is just about as spicy as I like any food to be. It is the sweet Korean kind of spicy. The bean curd is ace, as always, and there’s some seafood floating around somewhere in there. Prawns are good. Squid is also good. Mussels are small and stringy, but acceptable.  8/10

Spicy squid (with rice)
The spicy squid is actually less spicy than the bean curd and seafood hotpot.

The squid is actually a bit disappointing, because the bean curd and bulgolgi were so good. It’s slightly crunchy, and kind of creamy, a meeting point for the different cooking methods of squid. I think it could have been more crunchy, and spicier. Though, if you do want spicy squid on a hot stone with rice, go to the Korean place near Flinders’ St station. That one does a fantastic very-spicy squid. Take care though, the air itself is spicy and might make you shed tears before you can order. White tomato’s squid score, 7/10


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