Inside Sun And Moon Korean Restaurant, Worli | All The Deets
My fascination for Korean food started around one year ago and the credit goes to my friends who eat, breathe and sleep everything Korean including K-pop and K-dramas. This got me interested in Korean cuisine for which we have very few options for discovery in Mumbai. When I heard about Sun & Moon, an authentic Korean restaurant run by a Korean lady living in Mumbai, I was thrilled to say the least.
Many people confuse Korean with Japanese cuisine and to be honest, they do have sushi in common. The Korean version just has a different name, kimbap, however there’s so much more to this cuisine than you can imagine. And, I couldn’t wait to explore all that at Sun And Moon Korean Restaurant.
Located in a small lane in Worli, behind High Street Phoenix, the restaurant is very easy to miss so keep your eyes peeled.
As soon as I entered the restaurant, I was asked to remove my shoes and head upstairs. I climbed up the wooden stairs and finally, opened the door to a very bright yet homely environment. You may feel like you’ve entered someone’s home which is funny, because that is exactly where the owner of this restaurant started off, serving food surreptitiously out of her home.
The wall is covered with heartfelt messages from customers and that adds a personal touch to the entire experience. Apart from this, the restaurant has got cute corners like a wooden shelf with books, an antique iron chair, a wooden lantern and a peacock painting. The vibe here is both kitschy and unique, getting a thumbs up from me.
The menu is perfect for those who are new to Korean cuisine or those who are looking to satisfy their Korean cravings, short and sweet, it covers all the basics with a few special dishes thrown in.
We started our meal with the Osam Bulgogi, a traditional pork and squid appetizer. It may take some time to get used to this meat and seafood combination however what really completes the dish is the tangy, spicy, red curry paste the protein is served with. The dish came with sides like kimchi salad, steamed veggies, papaya salad and peanuts. Even the sides deserve a special mention because they were oh-so-flavourful!
After this, I moved on to the Korean sushi – Kimbap. Frankly, this point goes to Japan because after having eaten sushi around the world, this was quite lacklustre. There was no ginger or wasabi on the side but a serving of chilli sauce that did taste great on its own.
How can you go to a Korean place and not try Bibimbap? Think: a sunny side up egg on top rice, meat, veggies and pickles. Though I’ve had many versions in my life, the one here stood out because of the delicious sauce it was served with. As you can see, Sun And Moon really do their sauces well!
Next on my list was the Kimchi Jjigae – a bowl full of comfort. My tolerance of spice is negative and even, then I couldn’t get enough of this bowl of soup made with tofu, chicken and a chilli broth.
The last dish of the evening was the Bulgogi Deobap, which was the highlight of my meal and the best dish by far. As expected, the pork was grilled to perfection, the rice was cooked just right and the accompanying sauce and marinade was mind-blowing! You can’t leave the restaurant without trying this one.
As all good things come to an end, so did my meal at Sun And Moon Korean Restaurant. One thing that’s missing from their menu are authentic Korean desserts so I only hope that they introduce them sooner or later.
A special shout-out goes out to the owner of the restaurant, Sun. She’s really sweet, will click pictures with you and make sure you have a great time! I am definitely heading there for the third time. You should try it to if you want to explore delicious, authentic Korean cuisine in Mumbai.