Oppa Coffee Bar Restaurant
Korean Fusion. G/F, 1 Kimberley St., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2386-2315.
Seoul’s latest food trends tend to hit TST’s Kimberley Street first, so we expected Oppa Coffee Bar—which has long queues most nights—to be an expert at all the K-faves, including molten cheese rice (aka the “volcano”) and cheese ribs fads.
HIT Thankfully, after waiting about 40 minutes in line, the food didn’t take too long to arrive. The Kimchi Volcano ($158) was kimchi fried rice served on an iron plate, topped with grated mozzarella. The server pours a generous amount of cheese and egg sauce on top, then promptly melts the whole thing with a blowtorch—resulting in an ooey, gooey, cheesy mixture which he then stirs up and serves in your bowl. Spectacle aside, the dish wasn’t too heavy, but was big enough to share. The cheese ribs ($275) were also served in a similar manner, with molten grated cheese wrapped around each well-flavored baby back rib, with the meat coming clean off the bone. Juicy and smooth Sun Hari grapefruit soju ($82)—the brand that started the flavored soju craze—washed it all down nicely.
MISS For relatively small portions made to share, the pricing at Oppa Coffee is pretty off-kilter. We respect the pyromancing skills needed to be a server here, but $275 only got us four measly cheese ribs, which is just cruel.
BOTTOM LINE You’ll get your K-fad favorites at a slight markup here, but for your fix of cheese and kimchi with a side of K-pop ballads, it’ll do.
Open Mon-Fri noon-3:30pm; 5pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-11pm. $$-$$$