Monday, May 30, 2011

Melbourne Dae Jang Geum Korean BBQ

For a friend's surprise's birthday, we headed into Chinatown to dine at one of many restaurants. We were relatively early so the place was still quiet when we got there, but we still had to wait for a table until our reservation time ticked around. The warm, brightly lit restaurant was a nice respite from the late-autumn chill all the same.

When our group of 11 was finally assembled, food and beer orders were promptly taken. After forgetting where each of the six beers were to be delivered (just the one end of the table please!), the rice and the appetisers were brought out:


Preserved Bean Shoots

Assorted Preserved Vegetables

The appetisers were rather small to say the least, and not as tasty as other restaurants I've been to, but that's not really anything to complain about. I was a little disappointed at the lack of chilli, but perhaps these appetisers weren't supposed to come with any spice even though their appearance would suggest otherwise.

The meat platters ready for the grill were very generous however with a large quantity and variety of meat. The waitresses place the meat on the grill for you and cut it up as required. This is great, except for the fact that there's really not that much space between the seats to allow them to work comfortably, or for the diners to sit comfortably. I was squished against the wall, hoping that I wouldn't get an elbow to the face. Still, I quite enjoyed myself, but it's hard not to with the amount of food on the table.

BBQ Meat
I forgot to mention that the food is more than affordable, so you can eat until you're bursting. Not a bad way to spend a cold Tuesday night with friends. If you're after really good quality Korean food though, try somewhere else.

Melbourne Dae Jang Geum Korean BBQ
235 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
Sun-Thu 11.30am-10.00pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-11.00pm

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