Oppa Cof­fee Bar Restau­rant

HK Magazine - - DINING -

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. $$-$$$

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