Enjoy a casual feast at Sam Mok Korean Restaurant

Jacqueline Tsang

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 September, 2015, 10:16pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 September, 2015, 10:16pm

Sam Mok Korean Restaurant
2/F, Mass Resources Development Building, 12-16 Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721 8970


FARE Korean barbecue.

AMBIENCE Casual and vibrant.

COST About HK$500 for two.

WHO TO BRING Hungry friends and family.

TURN-ONS The quality of the beef was excellent, particularly the short ribs. The mixed platter - with US top-grade beef ribs, meat and sirloin - ensured there was something for everyone, and the portions were substantial. The platter of vegetable wraps also had good variety - the selection of Korean lettuce, shiso leaf, fresh garlic and fresh Korean chillies was much more interesting than the usual lettuce options. The kimchi pancakes were expertly prepared with a satisfyingly crispy outer layer. The vermicelli was a highlight. The understated dish had all the usual components, but the attraction lay in its ideal ratio of fresh ingredients to noodles and the delicious balance of flavours and textures.

TURN-OFFS The ventilation could be better. While the absence of overhanging ventilation hoods made for better conversation, we did notice a lingering smell of roast meat on our clothes after we left. The pork belly was a good cut but was still partially frozen, which affected the texture of the cooked meat. Service was uneven - the manager was friendly and recognised us even though it was only our second visit, but the wait staff seemed generally uninterested.

DRINKS Beers and soft drinks.