Snow Tree, 119 Hopkins Street, Footscray. Phone: 9689 0871
Consider The Sauce has been to Snow Tree once before when it was mostly a waffle/sweets place.
In the ensuing months I have been somewhat aware that the place has been evolving.
But it was only very recently that I noted that it now has a much more fetching interior and a much-extended menu.
Snow Tree has become a full-on Korean restaurant!
So it is that the same Team CTS of four rocks up for a feed.
Fried chicken is very much on our minds.
So at first we are shattered when we discover there is a big red cross drawn right through the fried chook section of the menu proper.
No problem – it’s all on its own laminated card.
But at Snow Tree, it has to be said, the fried chook list, the lunch menu and the menu proper are difficult to navigate, with a confusing range of “sets” and options.
Hard to know just how to do it for a group of four.
We settle on a whole chook to share and a main with condiments each.
Yep, we’re in over-order territory but not by much.
One of our mains is forgotten, but the boo-boo turnaround is admirably swift and in no way detracts from our dinner enjoyment.
Our whole chicken costs $29.
It’s just fine.
It comes with the requested “spicy” sauce and is festooned with chips.
Korean fried chicken has so rapidly become a bit of a craze that there seems to be heap of folks – bloggers and others – who are experts.
I am not one of them.
So I simply do not know if the chips and the masses of sticky sauce are traditional, normal or even acceptable.
For me, the chips seem redundant.
The sauce is spicy but makes for a supremely sticky – but not necessarily unenjoyable – eating experience.
The chicken itself?
My spicy beef “rip” stew ($14.50) is a bit of a mixed bag.
The gravy/soup is not terrifically spicy but has a tremendous depth of flavour.
I love the way it works with the vegetables and some rice.
There’s heaps of beef rib bits with sizable meat chunks (and fat). But the meat itself is chewy to the point of closing in on inedible.
Bennie and Eliza both enjoy their “stone” bibimbap ($12), and I note with some envy that the rice bottom of Bennie’s dish is suitably brown and crunchy.
Josh goes for the spicy pork belly on rice ($10.50) and I hear no complaints from him.
The kimchee, slaw, bean sprouts and roast potato cubes (we think that’s what they are) that accompany all our dishes are OK without evincing much finesse.
The above-noted forgotten dish aside, the service is good and the wait times about right for the dishes we have ordered.
All minor quibbles aside, we enjoy our time at Snow Tree.
It strikes us as a winning Footscray spot for Korean food that can cater for a quick ten-buck solo lunch or for more relaxed meals for larger groups.
And the menu is comprehensive!