The round-up: get fired up for Brisbane’s best Korean BBQ
When it comes to pairing salivation-worthy deliciousness with hands-on interactivity, Korean BBQ is one cuisine that marries the two perfectly. Picture this – a plate piled high with choice cuts of meat waiting to be seared to perfection on the hot grill in front of you. Throw in a veritable buffet of sides and baby, you’ve got us hooked! To us, Korean BBQ is woefully under-appreciated, which is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to spread the love and give you a rundown of the best joints to get your teeth into some Korean BBQ goodness.
Hanwoori, Brisbane City: There are few phrases that get us as jazzed with excitement as ‘all-you-can-eat’. Hanwoori on Mary Street in Brisbane City has got all the fixings you could possibly want – and we mean all of the fixings. Book in for a buffet feast and go crazy at the barbecue meat bar stocked full of rump steak, marinated pork, calamari and more, then swing by and pile up a plate with sweet and sour pork, Korean noodles, pork hock and deep-fried chicken. Feel like seconds? Well just sashay your way back over to the buffet, friend! Remember – it’s all-you-can-eat!
Maru Korean Restaurant, Brisbane City: Any self-respecting fan of Korean BBQ will tell you that Maru Korean Restaurant is one of the finest spots to sample some succulent barbecued morsels. A plethora of meat cuts are available including wagyu strip loins, pork jowls, ribs, chicken thighs, ox tongue and more (with a range of authentic flavours to match) ready and waiting to cook to perfection on your own traditional grill. Still hungry? Maru also serves up a range of bites such as kimchi pancakes, fried dumplings, sizzling dishes and bibimbap.
Midam Korean Charcoal BBQ, Sunnybank: Nestled amongst Sunnybank’s smorgasbord of eateries is Midam – a popular spot for a bit of quality Korean BBQ. The all-you-can-eat (there are those lovely words again) buffet is a meat-lovers dream, with cuts of marinated beef, fresh pork belly, ribs, chicken and more prepped to sizzle up a storm. Midam also serves up a host of tasty Korean dishes to complement, but the charcoal barbecue is certainly a standout choice.
Seoulssamm, Fortitude Valley: Seeking legit late-night Korean BBQ in The Valley? Seoulssamm is a slick and chic spot that will more than satisfy your cravings. The sizzle of six-graded premium wagyu beef and fresh local vegetables is complemented perfectly with Chef Gyo’s amazing menu – 20 years in the business means he knows a thing or two about authentic Korean flavours.
Go Bull, Sunnybank Hills: There’s a reason that the wait times to get into Go Bull can be rather, uh, lengthy – because it’s so darn good! If you’re feeling adventurous, make sure you order the recommended set with small and large intestines and abomasum (the fourth stomach of a cow, in case you were wondering). Order it with a side of DIY rice balls and you’re in for some spectacular fun and the potential to pop your leftovers on the grill to make your own fried rice!
Restaurant Red & Green, Woolloongabba: This Korean BBQ spot calls Princess Plaza in Woolloongabba home, and it entices locals with its range of inexpensive cuisine and comprehensive all-you-can-eat morsels. Sit down and get cooking on Restaurant Red & Green’s range of meats, from marinated lamb, beef blade, pork loin rib and baby octopus. Flesh out your meal with a selection of hot food and side dishes including spicy chicken stew, stir-fried bok choy, rice cakes and more.
Mapo BBQ Restaurant, Sunnybank: Another Sunnybank all-star, Mapo BBQ pairs a stellar a la carte menu of bites with its set of barbecued morsels. If you are dining with a group, Mapo can cater for many mouths with a range of barbecue meat sets, but if you are keen to personalise your experience, pick and choose your protein from a list of individual cuts, including premium wagyu beef, pork cuts and marinated and spicy chicken.
Sunny Seoul BBQ, Sunnybank: The barbecue at Sunny Seoul BBQ comes with a range of dipping sauces to accompany your choice of meat, as well as a host of side dishes to complement. The generously portioned mixed platter offers everything you could ask for, and as you lovingly cook the tender meat in the sunken charcoal grill in the centre of your table you will be forgiven for wondering how you ever ate anything else.
Char Kor BBQ, food truck: This one isn’t your typical Korean BBQ restaurant, but if you get the cravings for some charcoal-grilled meat then this mobile dispensary is the next best thing. Char Kor BBQ food truck rolls around Brisbane serving up grilled Korean fusion, including beef and teriyaki chicken bowls and bulgogi bento boxes. If you see this truck out in the wild, be sure to flag it down while you have the chance.
Mr Bap, Sunnybank Hills: This restaurant has everything a lover of Korean cuisine could want, from kimchi pancakes and bibimbap to hot pots and bulgogi. That being said, it’s the Korean charcoal barbecue that has our attention. The likes of premium sliced pork belly, lamb cutlets and marinated soy chicken are ready to sizzle, with sizeable sets ideal for groups.
Korilla BBQ Restaurant, Brisbane City: This slick inner-city hotspot is a go-to for many fans of premium Korean barbecue. Wagyu beef sets, marinated beef rib, oyster blades, and six flavours of pork belly should be enough to entice. Want more? There’s an entire menu of classic a la carte choices to add on to your order.
Funny Funny, Brisbane City: This long-running Korean culinary institution took over the former Burnett Lane home of The Survey Co. and now it’s firing on all cylinders. The restaurant offers a range of incredible daily deals, including its Tuesday pork belly barbecue and its Thursday pork intestine barbecuse that both serve two for $9.90 each.
Tok Tok Korean, Sunnybank Hills: The spot – previously home to Hamjibak – Is a relative newcomer to the scene, but we’re already hearing good things. The thought of succulent and sizzling waygu rib eye, beef brisket, herb-marinated pork belly and marinated chicken thighs has got us salivating.
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