Friday, July 11, 2014

Ko and Co, Surry Hills

Korean and Mexican? It may sound weird for some of you but Korean Mexican fusion cuisine has been happening in the States for a few years by now. There are now countless street food trucks such as the famous Kogi BBQ, Chi'Lantro BBQ and many more serving Korean Mexican cuisine including bulgogi burritos, Korean tacos and kimchi quesadillas. It was no surprise that this fusion craze has finally reached to Australian shores in the form of Ko and Co.

Located on Hunt Street nearby Longrain, Ko and Co was actually hard to find if you are looking around at night. That's until you can see the not-very-obvious Ko&Co sign on the window with people sitting inside chatting to their mates. It's actually a very small restaurant/bar with minimal seating and decor apart from a few wall paintings. Can imagine how busy this may get on weekends. I should also apologise in advance for the really terrible photos especially with the dim lighting and my phone camera battery dying.

Complimentary corn chips

While CC was impartial to these, I thought these corn chips were great as nibbles before waiting for the food to arrive. Quite addictive for me especially with the crunch.

Korean Fried Chicken Sliders ($10.00 for 2) 

You can get a choice of four different fillings for the slider which included spicy pork, beef short ribs, Korean fried chicken and spicy tofu. These same choices also apply to selecting your filling for tacos or burritos. The sliders also came with a brioche bun, cabbage slaw and kimchi mayo. Although we were satisfied by the crunch from the crispy fried chicken, the bun tasted a bit dry and as soft as we hoped. Though we did admire its golden, shiny appearance. 

Quesadillas with kimchi and three cheese filling ($10.00)

CC was looking forward to the quesadillas the most from the moment we had our eyes on the menu. Unfortunately, we were let down when we found that there wasn't as much cheese as we expected - even though the menu said there will be three cheeses in the filling. In fact we thought that the kimchi was the stronger flavour in this dish, which is good if you prefer kimchi over cheese.   

Beef Short Rib Taco ($6.00)

Spicy Pork Belly Taco ($6.00)

Thankfully the tacos were the heroes of the night. Each taco came with slaw, kimchi and a dollop of sauce (possibly sirarcha sauce?). The beef short rib taco was fairly tender on the inside with a crispy outer texture while the spicy pork belly taco wasn't as spicy at first but then it slowly hits you as make more bites into this meal. Both were very delicious and filling. Will definitely order this again next time.   

Watermelon Soju ($9.00)

After seeing a number of customers ordering it at the bar, I was convinced enough to give the watermelon soju a go. While soju usually conjures up images of really strong liquor that gives a burning sensation to your mouth, this version was actually mild, sweet and fruity which is good for those who aren't too familiar with this beverage.

Although there were a couple of dishes that we may be hesitant on trying again, there were still other dishes on its limited menu that will keep me coming back such as the burritos, tacos, the fried chicken and the dessert tortilla. The service was friendly and helpful with us that night and the prices were pretty cheap. It's a great place to chill with your friends or colleagues over a few drinks after work or on the weekend. 

Ko and Co
6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
0428 944 741
Mon: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Tue-Thurs: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - midnight
Sat: 6:00pm - midnight
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  1. This has been on my list to go for a while now! :(
    Those sliders look so freaking good!
    and yes, for some reason once soju is mixed it becomes so sweet and dangerous! ;)

  2. The watermelon soju looks and sounds refreshing ! I'll make sure i dont drive the next time I visit this palce ^^

  3. We didn't really go for the dessert tortilla but the fried chicken is great!

  4. Aw the quesadillas sounded like there was such promise with 3 cheeses!

  5. the watermelon soju sounds nice! must keep this in mind for an after work venture one evening!

  6. Dear Annie,

    This is certainly a new trend I have no idea about. The short rib taco looks pretty delicious though.

  7. Went here sometime back, an interesting concept that works! Loved the tacos!