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What is it? As the clever moniker implies, TaKorea fuses together the complementary flavours of spicy Korean kimchi and meaty Mexican tacos to create this delicious hybrid cuisine.
The story: Inspired by the food trucks of LA, owner Ah-young took to the kitchen with her mother to learn her time-tested Korean recipes and incorporate them into a simple menu featuring baap bowls, burritos and tacos using a firm no MSG policy and filling each recipe with quality ingredients that she would be proud to feed her own children.
The place: It’s got that in-the-know vibe down with its basement location and walls decorated by beloved Korean graffiti artist, Hong-Sik Kim. Simple furnishings to enjoy your tacos with a secret exit into the colourful dress up markets of Pottinger Street give this little joint all the makings of a hidden gem.
The food: There are three meat choices to go in your rice bowl, burrito or tacos: spicy pork with gochujang ($80), Kalbi beef with Korean bbq sauce ($80) or K-pop chicken ($80), or there is a delicious eggplant offering with sweet ginger sauce ($75). The burritos are filled with sour cream, kimchi-fried fresh veggies and cheese surrounded by a flour tortilla. The tacos come with three soft corn tortillas brimming with crunchy fresh veg that includes the pleasantly bitter tang of shiso leaf for a unique twist on the traditional taco.
Their sauces are prepared in-house and the kimchi has a nice dose of spice to it that’ll raise the heat just enough to be pleasant for most patrons. Their beef-or-pork kimchi fries are a sort of poutine-esque affair, swimming with meat and sauce or they also serve a simple salad that goes down a treat with the tasty tacos. They are also offering an ongoing special menu of momos with a tangy homemade sauce where the proceeds of the dish will go to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
Verdict: A cool new concept with tasty bites in the heart of Central. We love a little 'mom and pop' shop, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at the bottom of this staircase.
Takorea, B/F, 55 Wellington Street, Central, 2362 1999