Amazed by the long queue, out of curiosity, I've decided to check this place out during my night walk at Northbridge area. It was rather fascinating that we were asked to wait for at least 30 minutes before they could arrange a table for us. After you have placed your "reservation" with the staff, you are free to leave and they will call you shortly after the tables are available (phone numbers are required during reservation). The restaurant was rather small and there will not be much spaces to move around between tables. It seems like their business was very good where they had to open another new restaurant here in Perth, named Took Bae Kee 2. They do offer a wide range of Korean food like Hot Pot, Barbecue, rice sets and even some delicate delicacies. Service was no doubt attentive, price was considerably reasonable. I have yet to try on their Barbecue dishes but from the comments I've read over the internet, it seems like they are worth of trying.
We were served with four side dishes namely Kim Chi (Korean Pickled Vegetables), Mayonnaise Egg, Sweet Soybean and some Stir Fried Bean Sprouts. All of the side dishes can be topped up once you have finished them for free. Personally, I find the side dishes were decent, especially the Kim Chi, with the right flavor and right spiciness, it just kicked start my appetite for the meal. It was also my first attempt on Sweet Soybean and it was just okay (too sweet to my liking) and nothing much to shout over for the other two side dishes as they are pretty commonly seen elsewhere.
Stir Fried Korean Sweet Potato Glass Noodles/ Jap Chae (Promotional Price of Aud $6 during my visit, normal price Aud $8) was a huge disappointment. First, the Glass Noodles failed to maintain its springiness that Korean Noodles supposed to have (mostly overcooked). Moreover, the overall dish was way too salty to my liking. It would be okay IF and ONLY IF you are serving it together with white rice. One thing that comforts me was the texture of the vegetables where they were still crunchy and juicy.
Korean Spicy Tofu Hot Pot (Aud $10) comes with a bowl of white rice with decent portion. The Korean Tofu Hot Pot was served piping hot. Tofu in Australia can be pretty pricey for no reasons. I was so tempted to try their Tofu Hot Pot so I just grab myself one. The soup was reasonably flavored, with a hint of the flavor from the Korean Chili Paste. It was okay in terms of spiciness (maybe Perthians can't really take spicy food on average like us Malaysians do). However, it would be better if they could add a slice or two of beef or chicken into the soup. It was too "bland" to have only Tofu and some chopped vegetables inside the soup. Nevertheless, this could be a very decent option for vegetarians.
We also had their Stir Fried Korean Rice Cake/ Topokki for Aud $8. It was yet, another huge disappointment. No doubt they have successfully maintained the chewy texture of the Rice Cake but the sauce was way too sweet in my opinion. I was not expecting it to be THAT sweet, instead, I would prefer it to be slightly spicier and saltier, with a perfect balance between sweet-salty. Improvements definitely needed on this dish.
Taste: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Government Tax: N/A
Service Charge: N/A
Address: 127 Barrack Street, Perth WA, 6000.
Business Hour: Mon to Sun, 11am to 3pm (lunch), 5pm to 10pm (dinner). Closed on every Tuesday.
Contact Number: (08) 9225 4260