Tucked at a cozy corner of Basement 3 beside the popular Korean fried chicken chain Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory is their new sister restaurant Masizzim (마시찜) [“Masi” meaning delicious in Korean, and “jjim”(stew) for their signature stews]. With a variety of traditional and modern Korean dishes, it is no doubt that it will soon be the new hit place for a bunch of friends or even a warm family gathering.
The minimalistic look of the restaurant gives off a cozy vibe with the warm lighting, textured grey walls and dark wood tables. Service buzzers are affixed to every table to ensure that the helpful crew is always at your service. With numerous flat-screen TVs on the wall and K-pop music playing in the background, Masizzim is definitely reminiscent of a casual family eatery in Korea.
Everyone is familiar with the traditional Kimchi pancake, but the restaurant puts a twist on the dish with the Tomato Cheese Kimchi Pancake ($13). This innovative creation is a mix of fried kimchi and minced beef, slathered with tomato paste. And the best part, the pancake is topped with mozzarella cheese and basil flakes. No doubt, this would be a hit amongst all you cheese lovers out there.
Not a cheese person? That’s alright, because the classic Squid & Leek Pancake ($14) is just as good. Be sure to try out the dipping sauce that comes along with the pancake. The mix of vinegar, soy sauce, sesame, onions, chili powder and pepper brings out the taste of the pancake leaving you asking for more.
The Masizzim Rice Balls ($8) gives you a legit reason to play with food. Yup you read it right, you can play with your food. With a choice of crispy anchovies or tuna flakes with mayonnaise, accompanied with fried kimchi, seaweed crumbs, crushed chili padi with three mixed grains, put on your plastic gloves and start forming any shape or size your imagination dictates.
Given options between individual or double-sized portions, the Beef Rib Stew ($18 / $32), Pork Rib Stew ($16 / $29) and Spicy Chicken Stew ($16 / $29) are the main highlights of Masizzim. With either Korean glass noodles or udon to be added to the dish, diners have a choice of spicy or non-spicy beef and pork stews, so there’s something for everyone. As its name suggests, there is only a spicy option for the chicken stew. The non-spicy soy flavor is a blend of soy sauce, pineapples and Korean pear, while the spicy stew has a base made with gochujang (red pepper paste). Challenge yourself with four levels of tongue-tingling taste!
The Australian beef short ribs, Australian mixed pork ribs and mixed chicken parks are marinated overnight to obtain the best flavor followed by slow-cooking in Masizzim’s very own secret proprietary sauce for at least six hours. Served in little iron pots to keep the stew hot, it is no wonder that the meat is so tender and leaves a lingering taste aftermath.
Besides the food, we personally recommend the Sikhye Jar (660ml, $9.50) to add on to your meal. This sweet traditional Korean beverage is brewed in-house from malt barley and rice.
Overall, the Masizzim serves up really good traditional Korean dishes as well as a touch of creativity. The Australian Beef Short Ribs that melts in your mouth, family-friendly ambience and the friendly staff gives us more reasons to come back for more.
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Address: 313 Somerset, #B3-02, 313 Orchard Rd, 238895
Telephone: 6509 5808
- Sun to Thu: 11am – 10pm (Last order: 9:30pm)
- Fri to Sat: 11am – 11pm (Last order: 10:30pm)