If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ll have likely seen a post or two about Anju.
And yet, a year after my first visit, and much longer since its grand re-opening, it’s still jam packed with foodies, serving up mouth-wateringly good Korean Tapas eats.
Perhaps it keeps its flare by constantly changing the dishes, or perhaps it’s because good food at a good price just can’t be beat. Almost monthly, Anju rolls out a new menu, combined with old staples and new creations, begging you to stop on in.
So, naturally, we said yes please, and headed in on one spring evening.
As soon as you enter, the aroma of kimchi and sweet and sour sauces fill your nostrils and your stomach begins grumbling.
Once you’ve settled in, you can make your way through the carefully crafted (and quite boozy) drink menu, or perhaps order a bottle of Soju for the table.
Then, comes the real work. Everything is made to share, with a recommended 2-3 dishes per person. And, while the food selection may only be two short pages, I guarantee you’ll have difficulty narrowing it down.
The only downside with an ever changing menu, is that if you had a favourite last time, there is no guarantee it’ll be back (like my past-favourite, the beef ramen bowl). This makes every foodie’s decision that much more strategic.
This time, we went for a mix of our tried and true favourites, while also selecting some newer options.
Beginning, with my personal love – the Oxtail Tortellini.
If this is on the menu, I implore that you order it. And then save some for me.
Four freshly cooked tortellini shells, drizzled in a light soy sauce. Stuffed, with spoonfulls of exquisitely tender braised ox, and and topped with freshly shaved Grana Padano.
It is the perfect savoury appetizer to get your palate going.
Next, was another favourite – Maple Hill Chicken Wings. Fried, salted, and drizzled with lime. They can come doused in a Hot Buffalo Gochujang, or you can have it set on the side for those who are a little more timid.
Pluck one from the bowl and dunk it until your heart is content.
Third up, was a new offering on the menu. Nori Parm Fries.
A massive amount of crispy hand-cut fries, tossed in a combination of Nori, Truffle Oil, Bonito, Kewpie, and Grana Padano.
Sweet, Salty, and Savoury all in one bite.
And, last but not least, we ended with the Mushroom Ramen Carbonara.
More like a pasta then a ramen bowl, but it’s still equally as delicious.
The ramen noodles are cooked to perfection, with a smoky flavour coming from the pieces of mushroom and bacon. Tossed, again, in truffle oil and fresh Grana Padano, and a sous-vide egg.
Setting aside the wicked flavours, the best thing about Anju is the freshness of their ingredients. With game-style meats, savoury sauces, and unique cooking techniques, every visit is an absolute pleasure.
Perfect for friends, family, and especially out of town guests.
If you’re looking for further inspiration, some other delicious dishes are the Hanger Steak, Ling Code, Fried Rice, and KFC Sliders. Plus, there are a couple large format plates if there is a group of you are looking to share.
Open 7 nights a week, my only advice is to book a reservation. You can get away with booking the same night if it’s a Monday to Wednesday, but if you’re looking for a popular time on a Thursday-Sunday, I would almost recommend booking a week in advance. Even more so if there is a large group of you going.
See you there!