Some restaurants are extraordinary versatile. The average family restaurant – say, something with pieces of flair for instance – will have something for everybody, with many many dishes and erstaz Mexican, Italian, whatever. You get American extrusions like Chop Suey or Alfredo – things which do not actually occur in nature (and this is coming from a guy who finds Alfredo all too delightful) – stuff for “everybody”. Siroo, ain’t that.
Nope, if you hit Siroo in Annandale, you’re pretty obviously getting Korean – stop the presses there. Moreover, you’re getting dduk, Korean rice porridge, and that’s really it. Sure, there is a solid bakery, and some fascinating kimchee selections, but the porridge is the clear star. There are a lot of varieties – vegetable, abalone, kimchee are ones I’ve tried – and they’re really good. The kimchee has the spice and brininess you want, while all the flavors have that perfect sort of comforting quality that I crave in kongees. The abalone was not overcooked – just a good textural and flavor accent.
It’s a one trick pony (mostly) – but a hell of a trick.