[Sydney, Australia] Pitt Street near Sydney’s CBD is the unofficial Korean town, where BBQ restaurants, fried chicken eateries, grocery shops and cafes at found at every corner.
That includes Madang, which requires either a sharp pair of eyes or Google Maps to locate.
My clue is, as you are nearing 371A Pitt Street, look up as you walk, notice a sign “Sydney Madang Restaurant” and turn into the small lane.
During peak hours, you would see a queue of people. Like, A LOT of people.
Register your name, hang around (or go shopping and come back), as the wait can take an hour or even more. If not, make a reservation – minimum 4 pax.
While I was not overly impressed with the ba chan (starters), not in the biggest portions, the kimchi was distinctly delicious.
The meal just got better from there. The Bul Dak (AUD$38) was one of the best I had – extra hot and spicy chicken with pineapple, soft rice cake and stretchy cheese on top.
Fiery with kick, sweet, savoury all at once. Textures of meat, cheese and pineapple coming together like a match made in heaven.
Warning: very spicy.
The BBQ Modeum (AUD$58, portion for 2 pax) is a value-for-money set to get, with BBQ items of bulgogi, ox tongue, chicken, pork, king prawn, octopus and mussels.
Thick sliced pork wonderfully marinated in a full-bodied sauce. Oh, fresh grilled meat wrapped in crunchy cool lettuce. So daebak!
If you are unskilled in Korean BBQing, call for help and the service staff (one was so good-looking that the girls were swooning) would help you with flipping and cutting.
The Haemul Jabache (AUD$13) stir fried starch noodles with seafood was also delicious, though the Seafood and Shallot Korean Pancake (AUD$13 / $22) was limp and disappointing.
I have tried many Korean BBQ restaurants, in Seoul, Singapore and Sydney, but Madang’s offering with all robustness and spiciness, is indeed one of the best.
Tip: If Madang is too crowded, make your way to its higher end sister restaurant Danjee at Albion Place, about a 8 to 10 minutes walk away.
371A Pitt St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9264 7010 (Reservations for min 4 pax)
Opening Hours: 11:30pm – 2:00am, Kitchen close at 12:50am (no break)
Google Maps – Madang