Restaurant review: Big Pan, Tsim Sha Tsui - big Korean flavours
Loud and friendly outlet ideal for a few drinks and a meal
Price: about HK$140 without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: loud and friendly. The waiters are rather harried, but they’re helpful enough.
Pros: the restaurant boasts that they serve “meat on a hot plate” – and basically, that’s what you get, along with cheese, vegetables and starch. It’s strongly flavoured and goes great with a few drinks.
Cons: the banchan (side dishes) were rather unusual – not only the expected kimchi, but also rigatoni with tomato sauce, and salad with Thousand Island dressing. The noodles in the Korean cold noodles (HK$77) were too hard, and the soup wasn’t cold enough.
Recommended dishes: from the “special teppan dishes” we chose the marinated chicken kalbi with cheese (HK$299), which the menu says will serve two, but it’s enough for at least three people. The waiter sets the teppan (hot plate) on the table and proceeds to make the dish, adding the ingredients according to how long they need to cook. In addition to the meat and vegetables, you can also order starch such as Korean instant noodles or fried rice; we had chewy, sauce-absorbing Korean rice cakes (HK$15). It’s not the prettiest food, but it’s hearty and satisfying and although it sounds odd to add cheese (you can also order it without), it binds the ingredients and makes everything even more rib-sticking.
We also had a half-and-half dish of fried, seasoned chicken and fried chicken (HK$170). It’s not the best KFC we’ve tasted but it was satisfying: the batter on the fried chicken was light and crisp, and the seasoned chicken wasn’t too sweet.
What else? You can also order the teppan dish with beef or pork.
Big Pan 11/F H8, 8 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2311 1601