For those wishing to try out newer international cuisines, Bandra’s maze of restaurants has a new entrant — the Korean eatery, Heng Bok.
Yachae Twuim Mandu
Though the interiors remain the same as the venue’s previous occupant (Mangiamo) and the background music includes obscure songs on the loop, Heng Bok’s vast menu, which features several Korean and a few Japanese dishes kept us engaged.
Heng Bok Special Kimbap
It would have been impossible to sample a little of everything from the exhaustive (and expensive) menu so we decided to set a '2,000 budget, and picked our options. They serve a host of complimentary vegetable appetisers such as kimchi, and
one portion curried fish as you wait for your dishes to arrive.
We started with Heng Bok Special Kimbap (Rs 600, exclusive of taxes) from their Korean sushi roll section. A mixture of flavoured beef (bulgogi), eggs, and a few veggies, our first dish was a good bet. Next, we ordered the Yachae Twuim Mandu (Rs 500) from the vegetarian section.
The fried dumplings again worked well with the sesame dip, and glass noodle filling, though it seemed expensive compared to sushi. We cheated our budget and ordered Soju (Rs 1000), which will be a delight for those who prefer vodka-inspired liquor. Our final order, Veg Ramyeon Noodles (Rs 650) was a big disappointment, as it reminded us of a bowl of instant soup noodles.
Heng Bok impressed us with their sushi and dumplings, but if you wish to pinch your pocket, it’s a tough call to pick the right dish from a menu that offers tempting BBQ and hotpot (Rs 1,000 onwards) options too.
Time: 12 pm to 3.30 pm and 6 pm to 11.30 pm
At: Kalpak Corner, Turner Road, Bandra (W).
Heng Bok didn’t know we were there. the guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.