599 Church St Richmond, VIC 3121
Over the past few years, Benjamin Cooper and his conglomerate of restaurants have gone from strength to strength, opening up in numerous venues throughout Melbourne. K and I decided to pay Kong a visit – we’d previously had an underwhelming experience there in the past, but thought we’d give it another chance to blow us away.
Needless to say, there was a substantial wait before we were seated, but that’s to be expected at any popular restaurant on a Friday night. The space accommodated for the demand well, with a mix of communal, bar and small-table seating. I really enjoyed the fun, vibrant décor, and was quite impressed with the service we received from our waiter, who was more than happy to recommend dishes from large menu available.
Perfectly sticky, delicious wings that I could probably eat loads more of!
I really liked the flavour of the miso eggplant, but was a bit disappointed by how small and insubstantial this dish was overall.
Definitely a great option for sharing, this big platter of meat was probably a bit much for just the two of us. While I did find the pulled chicken and roast pork to be on the dry side, the flavours were very interesting. I think my favourite part was actually the pickles and kimchi, which provided much-needed acidity and freshness to the meats.
Probably both K and my favourite dish, this plate of noodles was full of flavour and was absolutely delicious. The chicken was tender, the noodles had the perfect amount of bite to them, and the chilli added a great kick to round it all off.
I can definitely see the appeal of Kong – its trendy, laid-back atmosphere makes it an ideal destination for drinks and a meal out with friends. The food is also interesting, with loads of sharing options and unique flavours. Personally though, I found it to be on the pricier side, and would probably prefer a traditional Korean/Chinese/Japanese meal over it most days of the week.