*Special thanks to QTix for the invite!
Just above the main carpark on the Korean side of Eastwood lies 678, a large Korean BBQ restaurant.
678 is already popular with the locals since its opening late January this year. Despite arriving for a slightly early dinner, the restaurant had reached capacity by the time we were finishing our meal. For a space which reminded me a little of a refurbished warehouse, that was no easy task!
We kicked things off with a quality cut of wagyu. The tender beef absorbed a nice smokey profile from the BBQ. A simple seasoning of salt and a touch of soy sauce was all that was needed to enjoy this dish.
Arguably the crowd favourite of the night was the marinated wagyu short rib. I found the marinade really elevated the meat, lending it some saltiness and a touch of garlic. The meat was wonderful wrapped up in lettuce and topped with kimchi and sesame sauce.
We couldn’t pass up ox tongue! The slices came paper-thin which meant a quick sear on the hot plate and it was ready. I found it deliciously tender and smokey.
We then moved onto pork; belly and jowl.
Dong Chi Mi – white kimchi soup.
I’d never tried Dong Chi Mi before so I was curious to see how it tasted. It’s served cold, perfect for when the weather is hot. The soup is rather sour and tart in taste, contrasting the more savoury elements of KBBQ. Overall it was light and refreshing and I’d order it again next time we go for KBBQ!
The next dish was a strong contrast to the Dong Chi Mi. First, it was served hot and second it was spicy! It was the spiciest dish we tried hands down. The tofu added it’s silky soft texture nicely and the crab I tried was salty and fresh.
We managed to make room for a Korean-Style Seafood Pancake and I’m so glad we did. Its edges were crispy and crunchy and its centre was soft and fluffy with seafood pieces scattered throughout. It had a slight spice that subtly added its flavour to each mouthful. It came with a dipping sauce that was salty and sweet which further elevated the taste of the pancake.
Overall, we had a great time at 678. We enjoyed the atmosphere and food so much, we’ve already visited a second time!
Written by Lachlan Munnings (@mister_eats)