Over the past week, I’ve been to two graduation ceremonies. Yes, not one, but TWO graduation ceremonies – both of them set in the stinking high-heat of a Brisbane Summer – but thankfully enough, I wasn’t the poor sod who was stuck in the Harry Potter gowns. Hooray for me! Oh yes, congratulations Joe and Xiao! But enough about that, lets move onto the intoxicating topic of food. Yes, food, glorious food!
After the first of the graduation ceremonies for my pal Joe, we traveled out to a fairly new establishment, Lee House Korean BBQ – a place that has the tendency to look like some sort of Korean jail – complete with massive wooden doors that practically scream “HERE BE DRAGONS. OR JUST REALLY ANGRY KOREANS. LIKE, WITH SWORDS.” – Once inside, you feel trapped, but oddly enough, in a good way. The restaurant is jauntily decorated with plenty of honey-coloured wood and pale walls to help ease the feeling that you are a rat trapped in a very wooden cage. That is to say, the feeling still exists, it’s just, well, alleviated by the exceedingly good food.
The menu is very reasonably priced and we decided upon one of the 4-person BBQ sets – complete with a plethora of side-dishes and a basket filled with lettuce to take the guilt of eating a metric tonne of meat. The set was only $75, and included a pumpkin pancake and several different cuts of beef and pork. A downside is the fact that rice is extra – I mean, what sort of reasonable Asian person CHARGES EXTRA for rice? It’s like our oxygen!
The restaurant features the classics that your would expect of any Korean BBQ establishment – however to limit the amount of smog floating through the air, the restaurant uses these huge metal nozzles to suck away all the smoky-meaty air from your face – which look very Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – but man, do they get in the way of group photography – you literally have to pull it out of people’s faces, so you don’t get a full-frame of nozzle.
The most startling thing about this place is the CHEAP BEER. Yes, you are right, Lee House Korean BBQ features THE CHEAPEST BEERS I have ever had in any restaurant. So many places over-charge for beers, tacking on a few extra dollars just because they give you a cup. No, not here. You can grab yourself a Cass (Korean light beer) for $4 or a Pure Blonde or Heineken for $5 – what a bargain! Although through the dinner, my beer did get a little toasted – I maintain, it was probably the best beer I have ever drunk. Mainly because it was cheap. Yes, I’m a cheap Asian, it’s expected.
Like Bianca, I think I’ll try my hand at a PHOTO DIARY on days where I can’t be very bothered to type up huge analogies littered with a heinous number of adjectives and flowery similes. Also, I’ve been snapping away like a demon, and the only way I can really share them all with you is me just clamping my mouth shut and letting the photos speak for themselves. I DO enjoy writing articles, but I’ve been so uninspired to write away lately, that it looks like you’re all going to be snowed in with photos. LUCKY YOU GUYS!