Just a hop and a skip down from Don’t Tell Aunty, Sang by Mabasa is a real family affair. Self-taught chefs Seung Kee Son and Jin Sun Son run the Fitzroy Street kitchen while their son Kenny Yong-Soo Son and his partner Youmee Jeon take care of the front of house — though, with the open kitchen, you feel like you could have just walked into their home. At the petit yet powerful eatery, you’re served unbridled Korean fare with wonderfully authentic flavours — crowd pleasers include spicy kimchi soup, bibimbap and Korean fried chicken. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, order the jok bal pig’s trotters braised in a salty-sweet sauce or the yuk hew: raw beef, nashi pear, cucumber and toasted almonds. Seating just 22 people, it’s a no-frills kind of place with a minimalist aesthetic and BYO wine — however, the tight and tasty wine list is very much worth a try.
Image: Trent van der Jagt.