Saturday, July 26, 2014

Oriental Spoon Story 2, Melbourne CBD by Bureaucrat

Oriental Spoon Story 2 on Elizabeth Street is the offspring of fairly popular Oriental Spoon on LaTrobe Street.  I’m not sure what their rationale was to open its second shop just meters away from the original shop. 

In any case, there are differences between the two.  On the whole, Oriental Spoon Story 2 has less lunch time deals than Oriental Story and seems to be a little bit pricier, too (by an extra dollar or two).  So with further ado, Mr S and I both opted for a rice dish, which we thought were some of the better value dishes on offer.

Banchan was brought to the table, which was a nice touch - I wasn’t expecting this as they don’t have this at Oriental Spoon.  The rice dishes are presented on these novelty shovels.  I got bulgogi beef with rice.  Lots of fluffy rice with quite a reasonable amount of tender beef and spring onions. 

Mr S got spicy pork. Similar to my beef, Mr S liked his dish enough but didn’t otherwise make an impression on him.

Food – 6.5
Ambience – 6.5
Service – 7
Price – 6.5

The food is reasonable but nothing exceptional.  I don’t have any against the food at Oriental Spoon Story 2 but with so many Korean restaurants around, I don’t think I’ll be coming back anytime soon.

While the d├ęcor is clean and light, it feels a tad clinical sitting in the restaurant… perhaps it’s because you look out straight onto Elizabeth Street.  There’s definitely a better vibe and warmth at the original Oriental Spoon – which feels more like a restaurant.

Service is okay but nothing exceptional, either.

Oriental Spoon Story 2
291 Elizabeth St 
Melbourne  3000  
Telephone: 9043 5199

Oriental Spoon Story 2 on Urbanspoon


Felicia said...

Have you tried Darac lunch sets? They are one of the most delicious and very good value! The spicy pork and beef bulgogi are the dishes i would recommend.

Bureaucrat said...

Hi Felicia, thanks for your comment :-) Darac is one of our favourites too. You're right that the lunch menu is great value

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