So I’m usually not as much a fan of Korean BBQ as I am of the cooked spicy pork and all round dishes which come out fully cooked. Mostly because the marination is way better and you can get it cooked more spicy, whereas BBQ is pretty standard and it’s never come out with enough spice. Nevertheless, randomly decided to try this out – mostly because I was thinking to go here for my birthday but ended up going to Char Korean – separate story. So finally got to try it out.
It was a Tuesday night around 8.30pm and there was a bit of a queue so decided to have a drink at the bar while we waited. The drinks menu is a bit pricey for what it is, but was in a treat yourself mood so just went for it. Ordered a Lychee soju cocktail ($11) and an Old Fashioned ($11). The cocktail was really missing the main ingredient – soju! If it was there, it was really faint. So after I finished that off, decided would stick to proper soju, no point mixing it up. Around 20minutes later the table was ready.
The menu items are again on the pricier side, but they were doing a special with the AYCE so decided to go with that. It’s usually $29.99, but it was on special for $19.99. It came with Beef and Pork Brisket, Pork Belly, Teriyaki Pork and Chicken, Beef Bulgogi, Spicy Pork and Chicken and Squid. We told our server to just get the Pork Belly, Spicy Pork and Chicken and the Beef Bulgogi, no point in bringing out the Teriyaki stuff. We ordered a soju and waited on our sides.
Banchan (sides) – Kimchi, pickled radish, sprouts, salad, japchae, pumpkin/miso soup, pickled cucumber and 3 dipping sauces for the meats – Himalayan pink salt, spicy soybean paste and a spicy red sauce.
Spicy Pork and Spicy Chicken – So good, the spicy pork was great. I’m always more into the spicy pork than chicken and the cut of meat was really good. Our server cooked the meat perfectly and I did need to use the spicy sauce to give a bit more of a kick to it, but it wasn’t lacking in flavour. The chicken was cut up by the server – it’s not boneless.
Pork Belly – again – awesome! The quality of the meat was good too, very tender and really melts in your mouth. I will say that you do need to dip this into the sauces to get more flavour.
Beef Bulgogi – this was alright, I’m more a spicy fan so this was a bit more on the sweet side – again the red spicy sauce was heavily used and it is amazing. The meat was soft and tender but I think next time will be going for the spicy pork and pork belly instead and probably ask for a smaller serving of the beef.
Soju ($15) – it’s served in an interesting container, most places here just don’t bring out the bottle which is a bit different. Sometimes I think it’s a bit watered down, causing you to order more – off course that’s the only reason. I think we should have ordered the large because we ended up ordering two small sojus, whereas one large is $29.
Quantity wise – well it’s AYCE so yea I was completely full by the end of it. Yes I got hungry again after an hour, but that’s just me – it is totally filling!
Ambience – Really good, preferred this so much more the Char Korean, only thing it has going for it is the location. It’s well lit and more than enough space for all the food and sides.
Service – it was excellent, our server was really friendly and gave great recommendations. He was really attentive and made sure to cook the meats properly without burning it. This was honestly some of the best service I’ve had from Korean restaurant.
Spice – 3/5 – you can’t control the marination of the meat, but the spicy red sauce was really good – our server even gave me some to take home which was awesome.
Taste – Good quality meat, cooked well and the sides and marination is pretty tasty.
Overall, really won me over for the KBBQ. The whole experience from the bar to dining and service made it even more special. The red spicy sauce was a total hit at our table and if you need more spice then just drown the meat in this. The pork belly was really tender and the spicy pork was really my favourite. I will definitely be back and I know I need to try the other KBBQ to compare, but had such a good time it’s going to be a hard decision to make between this and trying somewhere new next time for sure.