There’s a new kid on the block, and it’s SMOKKIM Modern Kitchen; a contemporary Asian-fusion restaurant, inspired by the rich flavours of Asia. It has only just opened it’s doors, but I was lucky to head there with SilverFox to check it out and get the DL. With this being the second location for the chain, they wanted to mix it up. And mix it up they did.
Silverfox and I tried the Grill Bar Degustation menu ($75 pp), and boy, was it some of the most interesting food I’ve tried in a long time. Now, this isn’t your traditional Korean fare. Oh no, here they’ve added their own spin to each dish, drawing on different influences from around the world.
We started off with a creamy pumpkin soup with softened rice cakes and classic red bean. I know it sounds weird, but the flavours worked really well, and the rice cakes were little moreish cubes I could’ve kept eating on their own. The flame-grilled white fish marinated in Saikyo Miso Barramundi reminded me of Nobu’s famous Miso Cod—needless to say it was delicious. Other dishes that hit the spot were the Wagyu Tasting Plate, where we enjoyed some of the most melt-in-your-mouth morsels of tender beef. I just couldn’t get enough!
IT WAS A MASSIVE HIT WITH SILVERFOX WHO POLISHED IT OFF…
And, for die-hard fans of Korea’s most popular dish: Bibimbab, this is probably one of the most talked about dishes at SMOKKIM. It’s completely different to the traditional one you’re used to, and is more of a new-wave deconstructed version with spanner crab, dried seaweed, Kohlrabi, egg custard and flying fish roe. It was a massive hit with SilverFox who polished it off, despite protesting that he was full!
For me, it was dessert (Hey, I’ve always got room for dessert!), which was a green tea pannacotta served with a rice wine sorbet. That rice wine sorbet, oh lord! A fantastic way to end the meal—let’s just say we’ll definitely be back. MC
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS,
Find SMOKKIM Modern Kitchen:
Top Ryde City Shopping Centre – Shop 4003,
Corner Devlin St and Blaxland Rd, Ryde NSW 2112
Ph: 02 9809 5703
Disclosure: This meal was complimentary