Address: Basement, 407-409 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000
How to get there: short walk from Melbourne Central station
Telephone: (03) 9663 7123
Monday ~ Tuesday 1700 – 0100 (next day)
Wednesday ~ Thursday 1700 – 0300 (next day)
Friday ~ Saturday | 1700 – 0500 (next day)
Sunday | Closed
Dining conditions: Thursday 14 Feb 2013 – Dinner (Valentines Day)
Average Per Head: $$20.00
Hits & Misses: Hit + Recommended
Use 3 words to describe Joo-Mak: Mysterious, Atmospheric and FuNkY
It was Mysterious:
Restaurant/Bar in the basement (under the sign of Druid House) – how is that not mysterious?
We followed the stairs downstairs and found a big wooden door with the following signs:
It was Atmospheric:
We walked through the narrow corridor under Joomak’s dim lighting, the general dining area and bar was in the inner half of the restaurant. There were many wooden ‘booth’s on the side of the corridor – available for private dining; it was perfectly romantic for Valentine’s Day. One larger booth was also available for large groups.
The entire restaurant had very dim lighting as mentioned before, but it was lit up slightly by the blue led lights draped over wooden booths.
It was Funky:
You know it is funky when the place is mysterious and atmospheric, a bit of curiosity for the diners doesn’t hurt, makes the expectation unpredictable. A selection of western spirits and beers is not enough? Try their Korean soju and rice wine cocktails. Check out their trading hours – 5pm til the 1, 3 or 5am depending on the day; a funky hangout spot.
With a reservation for 4, we rocked up at about 7pm.
What we ordered:
Pan-fried spicy squid $19.00
Photo was too dark so I won’t upload it. It was small in portion and tasted average. I’d give it a miss.
Braising chicken (Mild) $17.00
Kimchi and pork pancake $17.00
Chicken drumettes $15.00
Steam rice $2.00
Hite (Korean beer) $6.00
Food was a bit dear given that the portion and quality was average-low. The waitresses hurried us subtly towards the end of our meal by interrupting our conversation and asking us whether we were finished with everything on the table. I understand that sometime they run out of dishes so they need to pack dishes away first… Thursday night can be a busy night!