Masizzim, Glen Waverley

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MELBOURNE | Masizzim is Korean restaurant chain that’s popular in Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta, and they’ve just opened their first Australian restaurant in the new outdoor dining area at The Glen Shopping Centre. The City Lane was invited to visit the space and very quickly any doubts raised by the words “chain” and “shopping centre dining” were dispelled.

It’s a modern space, with slick lines and a combination of timber and steel furnishings. There are booths at the entrance, which give way to the bar and open kitchen, a communal table and a natural light filled dining area at the back. Masizzim comes from the Korean words for ‘delicious’ and ‘stew’, and are a reference to the restaurant’s signature dish, galbi jjim (“braised short ribs”), a dish traditionally reserved for special occasions. The staff here are local, but they’ve been trained by chefs from Korea and cook using recipes based on founder Lee Dong-Jin’s mother’s recipes.

Galbi jjim is traditionally made with beef or pork short ribs, and those two are available along with a chicken option. Beef and pork come in mild or spicy. There are four spice levels on offer, but note that this is the authentic menu from Korea – level two is actually very hot, but not so hot that it destroys any flavour. Meat is marinated in gochugaru (fermented chilli) and doenjang (fermented soybean paste) before being slow cooked until it’s literally falling off the bone. It’s served in a steaming pot with your choice of glass or udon noodles. It’s all very tasty, and the servings are quite generous.

A selection of banchan – kimchi, pickled veges, and bean shoots is delivered to your table at the start of your meal and topped up for free. Other dishes on offer include things like bibimbap, mandu (dumplings), jeon (savoury pancakes), and the popular jumeokbap (DIY fist rice balls). I opted for the crispy and very satisfying squid and leek jeon, as well as the crab and flying fish row jumeokbap. For the jumeokbap you’re presented with a rice bowl topped with ingredients and a pair of plastic gloves. You put on the gloves and mash everything together into balls. It’s fun and the result is delicious.

For dessert it’s three varieties of bingsu, the increasingly popular outside of Korea shaved milk ice mountain topped with things like fruit, cheesecake, brownies, and sauce. I went for the mango and lemon cheesecake version at it was surprisingly light and not overly sweet. A great way to end the meal. And if you’re thirsty, it’s local wines and beers along with Korean beers, soju, and soda.

Masizzim

The Glen Shopping Centre
Shop 1-002/235 Springvale Road
Glen Waverley
Victoria 3150
Australia

Telephone: (03) 4418 2805
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Wed: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Thu – Fri: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Sat: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sun: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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