Korean cuisine is rising in popularity, with hole-in-the-wall sized restaurants found in numbers tucked into city streets and impressive destination restaurants making a stand with an elegant finesse. For those who love the wild and wonderful flavours of Korean cuisine, we have a few extra suggestions for you to try below.
SUT & Wine Korean BBQ Restaurant – VIC, Box Hill
'Sut' means charcoal in Korean and as the name suggests, SUT & Wine Korean BBQ offers a tantalising culinary journey across the world with just a little effort from Melburnians to exit the busy city rush and make their way out to Box Hill. An a la carte menu details sumptuous options, but for a true dining experience, SUT’s Korean BBQ sets will excite taste buds with an abundance of flavours, named and loved as the house specialty. Bring along a bottle of your favourite wine to share and enjoy, or choose from a palatable selection of wines available to complement a feast.
Goha Korean Restaurant – QLD, Southport
Deviate from the Southport Chinatown restaurants along Davenport Street and head around the corner for some tasty Korean delights at Goha on Nerang Street. Family owned and operated, a little heart and soul goes into each dish, using meats sourced fresh from the family butcher shop next door and spiced up in the kitchen. Experience a DIY Korean barbecue with marinated meats served to the table, giving diners the opportunity to cook the meats as they like them at the table over a sizzling plate. For those who want to sample a range of everything, a barbecue buffet is on offer every night.
Mapo Korean Restaurant – SA, Adelaide City
Mapo Korean Restaurant has gained a swift following of loyal Adelaide locals since opening its doors on Gouger Street back in 2002. Follow the crowds through the city to Mapo’s front, nab a table for yourself among a suave and sophisticated setting and prepare to delve into a feast. From the widely celebrated kimchi and bibimbap to innovative dishes such as coffee infused pork ribs and South Australian Black Angus eye fillet with Korean black raspberry sauce, each dish reflects Mapo’s fusion of Korean and Western flavours as well as aiming to serve only local, organic produce.
ORee – VIC, Melbourne City
Jump off the tram at Queen Street and head to Melbourne’s widely known Bourke Street for some Korean feasting at ORee restaurant. Stylishly traditional in design, warm red walls and low levelled tables make for an ambient dining experience. Translating directly to ‘duck’ ORee serves a wide variety of duck dishes, including fried dumplings, smoked duck, duck pancakes and aromatic stew. Should you want for more, try a white Bingsu for dessert – that’s Korean style shaved ice milk with sweet red bean, soy powder, condensed cream and nuts.
Danjee – NSW, Sydney City
When scouring the bustling streets of Sydney’s CBD for Korean cuisine, be sure to step into the warmly beckoning Danjee restaurant. Split across two levels, inside feels inviting, set between exposed red brick walls and furnished with chocolate toned décor for a suave and stylish escape from a hurried energy outside. Those with an appetite for a spicy kick may enjoy Danjee’s signature spicy fire chicken, hotly marinated in cayenne peppers, while diners after authentic style dishes can opt for an alternative served in a hot stone bowl.
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Compiled by Julie Johnson.