7 & 7 Korean Restaurant
21 Koornang Rd
Carnegie, VIC 3163
03 9572 4711
Speaking of the passage of time, this Korean meal at 7 & 7 happened with Fu Mei on his visit to Melbourne. He’s a friend I’d made 3 years ago when I first arrived, one who left soon after we’d met, to work in the US. But here we were again, having a meal at one of our favourite eateries, years later.
And who’d have guessed that Carnegie is a nidus for good Korean, Chinese and Japanese food…? You got Aunties Dumplings, Red Cliff, Shyun and probably more that I don’t know of! But first things first, look at what I’ve found!
Aaaah… this is what I look forward to when dining out at Korean places. Dad calls all these mini dishes “kim chi”. But I’ll quote Lauren from Footscray Food Blog, who calls it the “little archipelago of side dishes (that) you can flavour-hop between” while waiting for your first dish to arrive.
I really like the “kim chi” we’d routinely get at 7 & 7, especially the agar-like white squares on the bottom left. Even the delicately marinated blanched bean sprouts tastes good. But fu meitells me that 7 & 7 is most renown for the honeyed potatoes, pictured top right. Personally, I don’t like the potatoes cos they’re sweet. I’m old-fashioned and prefer sweet things to remain in the realm of desserts.
The restaurant feels very family-owned. With the bi-focal’ed aunty and the old man at the counter, obviously husband and wife owners, and younger serving staff (nephews? nieces? neighbours?) manning the frontlines. I have brought my folks here as well and they enjoyed their meal, ie. we got hardcore approval.
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