Head to Soban for a taste of Korea.
1. Ssam Korean BBQ || 508 King St, Newtown. Ph: (02) 9519 1991.
Come here with all your besties because this place is all about the shared barbecue. Marinated cuts of meat come from the kitchen to be cooked on the barbecue at your table, creating a delicious smokiness that will stay with you long after the meal is over. Talk about interactive dining!
2. Sydney Madang || 371a Pitt St, Sydney. Ph: (02) 9264 7010.
This hidden gem is smack in the middle of Sydney’s K-Town and only discoverable through word of mouth, however someone must have spilled the beans big time because there are often queues to tuck in to rice flour pancakes, steamboat dishes or barbecued meats cooked at the table.
3. Shinara Grill & Lounge || Shp 1/ 338 Pitt St, Sydney. Ph: (02) 9262 9218.
Any vegetarians or people wearing tight pants should stear clear of this restaurant because it’s an all you can eat Korean barbecue buffet that requires nothing less than a serious love of meat and the option to loosen your waistband. For about $20 it’s good if you’re looking for a cheap feed.
4. BBQ City || 116-120 Liverpool St, Sydney. Ph: (02) 9267 5155.
This place is big enough to mean you can usually get a seat and the menu has plenty of options for budget dining and most importantly, the beers are cheap, making it one of the busiest BBQ restaurants in the city. Don’t come for fine dining, come for a party!
5. Soban || Shp 602/ 1 Anderson St, Chatswood. Ph: (02) 9415 2098. soban.com.au
Post or pre movie dinging is a breeze with this Korean grill. Classics like bulgogi and bibimbap are on offer, but the menu extends to more interesting interpretations like prawn and grapefruit salad.
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