I have a lunch crew, which kinda makes me happy. Because, you know, working as a freelancer makes you talk to yourself after a while (true story). We meet up every two weeks and on these occasions, I let them decide the spot and kinda get swept away to places I never heard of or never would have stepped into before. Suda falls in to the first category of the two, and my crew dragged me (well not dragged, I walked willingly) a fair bit out of our normal lunch zone, and yeah, this post might already been a giveaway, but it was totally worth it.
I might be a plywood nerd, but the first thing I saw when I went into the place was (sure, the pretty interior) but those laid back, cool and awesome looking plywood tables. I might have started thinking of how I could get my partner to allow me to build a plywood kitchen table… You get the picture. I love plywood. I love the interior. It’s not super cosy, but hey, it’s not supposed to be. It’s got that perfect mix of pretty looking and laid back, perfect for a relaxed lunch on a drab day. My favourite part of the interior is the book-case, where you can borrow a book to flick through while waiting when you’re on your own.
Ok, back to business, because we all know in the ned it’s the food that makes or breaks a place. And you should know that when I headed into Suda I was a bit hesitant. I’ve never been a big fan of korean food and my friends all know (and tease me for it) that I don’t particularly like kimchi. Not at all, to tell you the truth. I scouted the menu to find a dish without kimchi, but you know what? That kinda doesn’t exist. Turns out I might have judged kimchi a bit too fast.
Your portions won’t be particularly big, so if you’re super hungry order two for yourself, or a second thing to share with a friend. But what they all are fresh, scrumptious and delicious. I had a mini burger with mushroom and tofu and yes, kimchi. It was tiny (as mini burgers should be), with soft, smooth buns and a sticky, chewy interior. Ok, that might not sound all that awesome, but believe me, it was. Yep, there I said it – I liked a dish with kimchi in it!
The mini burgers, as do the burritos, comes with lotus chips. They look a bit dry and sad but don’t be fooled by the exterior of them. Once you start chewing on them, you really won’t be able to stop. And if you don’t want them just leave them to me and they’ll be thoroughly enjoyed in no time at all. If you’re a bit more hungry go for a burrito. Just watch out for dropping pieces while eating and you’ll leave stuffed, content and clean.
I’ve only ever done lunch here, but wouldn’t mind an evening visit, splitting some dishes between a few friends and enjoying a glass of wine or two. Umm, who wants to join me?
* Yes, the title of this post is a pun. It was made up on the spot on our very visit to Suda, after one of us excitedly exclaimed “It’s so delicious”. We’re a punning bunch and I was forced (oh well, not really) into using it in the title. But you know what? It is funny! And true. Now I want korean food.
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