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Where To Go For The Best Korean Bbq Restaurants In Melbourne?

A night out at the best Korean BBQ in Melbourne is a culinary experience. Here, you can enjoy the satisfaction of seeing your food sizzle in front of you with the ease of a skilled chef's season and flip it for you. 

There is no shortage of good Korean BBQ in Melbourne (often referred to as KBBQ), thanks to a burgeoning Asian foodie influence. With top-quality ingredients and an even better ambience, Melbourne’s KBBQ scene offers a novel night out and delicious food guaranteed to tingle every taste bud.

Forget the deep south. It turns out Korea is the king of the grill. A champion of communal dining, Korean barbecue is about gathering around a flaming hot grill and passing smoky cuts of barbecued beef between friends. 

As with most Korean cuisines, the sides are part of the main event, and the best barbecue restaurants dish out the best banchan dishes. 

20 Spots for the Best Korean BBQ in Melbourne

We’ve narrowed down spots for the best Korean BBQ in Melbourne, so you can rest assured there is a good time on the menu.

Mrs Kim’s Grill

Thirty years ago, Mrs Kim wanted to share her Korean heritage and cuisine with her friends and community. Now, her marinated meats and authentic recipes have moved from her backyard barbecue to three of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne

All Mrs Kim’s Grills are spaces to share all things good: food, drinks and company. Whether you choose the set menu for two, the cluck-cluck set or the butcher cut set, these walk-in restaurants will ensure you share the goodness (with your eyes, nose, mouth and friends).

Experience the thrill of the grill at Mrs Kim's barbecue joint. You can order à la carte or choose a meal deal, like the two-person $45 ‘Cluck Cluck’. Chicken thigh, marinated in soy sauce, is sweet and succulent with properly caramelised edges. 

Neat rectangles of tender scotch fillet ordered from the beef menu are threaded with just enough fat to keep things juicy, and a veggie package with broccoli, carrot and potato is topped with grated cheese and cooked on the ring. It looks pedestrian, but one mouthful of its molten magnificence will change your tune.

  • Address: 136 Koornang Road, Carnegie VIC 3163
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 5:30pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-9:30pm

Hero Korean BBQ

The seasonings (filled with 23+ ingredients) at Hwaro Korean BBQ have been matured over several days before landing on your plate for you to savour. But the recipes and traditions stem from much further back than that – around the time of the Korean imperial courts. Founder Eunsook Kim wants to spread the joy of Korean food to everyone in her community, and what better way than with some good old-fashioned barbeque.

It’s not just the meat and ingredients at Hwaro that guarantee the utmost quality. It’s the Tasmanian-borne coals, Kirin Megumi beer, stringent hygiene methods and supervision of every slicing of Karubi (boneless short ribs) by Kim herself.

Hero's secret is in the home-style seasonings prepared by owner-chef Eunsook Kim. They’re the ones her mum used to make, adding hot pepper spice to high-quality meats such as tender Wagyu and ox tongue. Settle in while dinner sizzles in front of you on a mini-BBQ. Staff are on hand to slice and flip.

  • Address: Ground Floor 562 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-1am

Guhng The Palace

Thought tapas were restricted to Spanish cuisine? Let Guhng The Palace teach you otherwise. With so many delicious options, you’ll be thrilled at the idea of tasting more options on this decadent menu. Whether you’re with vegans, meat-eaters or fruitarians, everyone will find something to love at this Melbourne KBBQ eatery. 

Seared beef tataki with avocado puree, deep-fried tofu with homemade sweet soy sauce and pickled baby octopus on cream cheese and pear are just some of the options – on the starters menu. Hint: the bigger the group, the more of these delicious dishes you’ll be able to sample.

Korean barbecue, at its core, is a communal dining experience, and Guhng makes certain groups are well catered for with their barbecue sets. The Angus set is enough to feed four moderately hungry meat-eaters comfortably. 

You get a mix of lean and fatty cuts, starting with an evenly marbled Angus cube roll, cut into pieces over a cast iron pot of glowing hot charcoal. Break up the meat-fest with mixed vegetables and king brown mushrooms, and then it's time for the bulgogi to hit the grill once the charcoal has gotten extra smoky.

Are you eating out with a gang of four or more? With multiple levels to choose from, contemporary-chic Guhng is great for group dining. The menus are equally huge. Taste all the top picks in sets for two to six, with Angus rib fillet and fried chicken included. If BBQ’s not your thing, go for tapas, dumplings and noodles.

  • Address: 19 Mckillop Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 12 pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10:30pm, Sat 6pm-10:30pm, Sun 6pm-10pm

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Wood Korean Barbecue

If there’s an opening in your dairy for a new regular go-to, we’d say Woodo Korean Barbecue is an ideal candidate. It plays host to some of the most affordable, authentic and tasty Korean BBQ Melbourne has to offer, with all your favourite snacks and a heap you didn’t know you loved. Top this with a thriving atmosphere and friendly staff, and you won’t be able to stop yourself from returning.

For a well-priced set, head to cafe-style Wood. See if you can squeeze in soup, rice, side dishes, salad, vegetables and your choice of Wagyu, beef and pork. Or unbuckle your belt to take on the banquet, adding gyozas, pancakes and hotpot. Finish with sesame ice cream, and heave a satisfied sigh.

  • Address: 179 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-11pm

Yeonga Korean BBQ Restaurant

The exquisite flavours and generous portions at Yeonga Korean BBQ Restaurant make for not just a dinner but a feast. 

Their bibimbap is of particular note, as is the tender meat and mouth-watering spices. Be sure to try the different wine options while indulging in this Victorian icon.

Yeong translates to 'smoky house', and this Korean barbecue joint promises fresh meat that isn't frozen (aside from beef brisket and ox tongue that are frozen for precision slicing). 

The venue also promises charcoal which lends meat that ideal smoky flavour. Wagyu is the name of the game here, but there's also pork on offer. Don't miss out on the pork belly dripping in the venue's homemade chilli paste.

North Melbourne’s Yeonga is gaining fans with bang-on barbecue, authentic fit-out and funky booth seating. The helpful staff and user-friendly menu make it a good choice for newbies. Gather around the charcoal grill and choose your level of spice, beef or pork. Vegas will love the dumpling and mushroom hotpot.

  • Address: 1 Cobden Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-11pm, Sun 5:30pm-10pm

G2 Korean BBQ

Whether you drop in for a new bento box for lunch or stay for a full grill at dinnertime, G2 Korean BBQ will provide a memorable visit. The chic, urban space serves traditional smoky grills in the heart of Melbourne CBD. 

From oyster blade beef to pork scotch, their large meat cuts are all of the highest quality. Top it off with some kimchi pancakes, deep-fried dumplings and Jap-Chae (pan-fried potato noodle) and ladies and gentlemen. You have yourselves a banquet!

At G2 Korean BBQ, the young Angus beef ribs are marbled little girders that cook quickly over the hot coals and stay juicy. The thinly sliced pork belly is the smart choice for two reasons: it helps temper the richness of your meal and cooks in record time.  

The staff are very hands-on with the cooking here, helping to turn your basket of mixed mushrooms, cut your marinated bulgogi beef into portions and rearrange your grill to get some proper heat on your wide, flat slices of zucchini and potato. If the whole cooking process for yourself is why you like Korean barbecue, you’re going to have to hold onto the tongs firmly.

  • Address: 301 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Hours: Sun-Wed 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-2am, Thu-Sat 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-3am

Born

If you can’t choose between all the delicious menu options at Bornga (we don’t blame you), you can always try a sample set and get a taste of it all. One of the best KBBQ spots in Melbourne, Bornga is an authentic and convenient venue with a whole suite of novel sides that won’t disappoint.

You’ll need to book away in advance to get into Bornga, another member of the Baek Jong-won empire. The elegant tables in this Chinatown restaurant are as hot as the signature woo samgyup beef brisket. To maximise the flavours, roll up the beef with green onions and veggies, and dip in the special sauce.

  • Address: Level 1/178 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm & 5pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-3pm & 5pm-10pm

Noda Grill

The lovechild of two former Crown Casino icons, Noda Grill, was born out of a desire for authentic Korean flavours. Jinhee Oh and Yeji Kim believe the national food belongs as a popular Asian cuisine and is highlighted by innovation and good service. 

Noda in Korean means unique and precious, a fitting description for the food and decor at this restaurant.

  • Address: 144 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121
  • Hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sun 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-9pm

Two Charcoal

Lotus root chips and deep-fried crab claw will whet the palate for your great evening at To woo BBQ. Please bring it to a head with the most enchanting flavours on their red chilli pork bulgogi. And cap it off with some refreshing soju.

 Book yourself in for a feast at this hidden gem before word gets out.

  • Address: 603 Whitehorse Road, Surrey Hill VIC 3127
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm

BBQ-K Doncaster

Come for the well-renowned Jap-chae and stay for the mouth-watering lamb chops at BBQ-K Doncaster. This hotspot is booked out days or weeks in advance, so be sure to call ahead. The friendly atmosphere and unparalleled feast will not disappoint.

  • Address: 916 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East VIC 3109
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm

Chango

Nestled amongst the trendy, overpriced restaurants of Melbourne’s laneways lies an unassuming but equally ambient spot for good Korean BBQ in Melbourne. Chango has incredible food, great service and a buzzing atmosphere. 

They specialise in a wide variety of pork belly flavours but don’t leave without trying the seafood pancake and a sip of soju.

Chango is a pretty popular Korean restaurant and barbecue haunt. Our tip: Try the Palsaik BBQ Set, which comes with eight cuts of pork belly marinated in eight different ways. 

Complete with banchan (think your usual suspects like kimchi, pickled daikon, pickled veg and spring onion salad) and piping hot white rice – what more could one ask for?

  • Address: 70 Little Latrobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-12am, Sun 5:30pm-9pm

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Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ

Everyone knows that meat grilled over charcoal is exponentially more flavoursome than other forms of cooking. And this is why we love Hwaro, the Korean barbecue joint on Little Collins Street. 

It’s not Korean barbecue without beef ribs (gal-bi), and here you can order them thin and bony, standard cut, premium marble or top grade. 

If you’re new to Korean barbecue, this is a great place to start because here, they’ll pop your meat on the grill, flip it and slice it when it’s ready if you prefer being a passenger. If you want to captain your dinner cruise, you go right ahead.

Paik’s BBQ

Sure, you can order menu staples like kimchi stew at Paik’s, but then you’d miss out on the star of the show. Superior Korean pork, barbecued over charcoal at the table and served with too many condiments and side dishes to count. In Little Lon, much-celebrated Paik’s is owned by Seoul’s Baek Jong-won.

BBQ Brothers 10

There’s a cheerful vibe at BBQ Brothers 10. We start with cute set names like Grandpa (for five hungry diners) and Baby Brother (for couples). Order juicy slices of grilled pork and beef, or make a meal of the side dishes alone. Maybe seafood stew, kimchi pancake or sausage and rice-cake skewers.

Sura Korean BBQ

Unlike most other Korean barbecue spots, QV’s Sura is open for lunch daily. Service is quick, the atmosphere’s lively and sets for two are good value. To wow your tastebuds with soy, garlic, spice and miso, share a five-flavour pork skirt set. Enjoy with a glass of chestnut-flavoured makgeolli rice wine.

Mansae

The modern decor is minimalist concrete at Mansae, but the focus is on the fun. As the neon sign says, have a beer or go home. So go ahead, select soy-marinated kalbi beef ribs from your tabletop gas-fired charcoal grill. Pair with house-made dipping sauces and Asahi. Or better yet, a peach soju cocktail.

GogiMatcha

GogiMatcha is open till 11 pm daily, perfect for when you get the late-night Korean munchies. The mantra here is something for everything, and the menu delivers from marinated meat to traditional favourites like corn cheese, bibimbap and bulgogi hotpot. You do not forget Kirin on tap and soju cocktails.

Masizzim - The Glen

Masizzim shows Australians that there’s so much more to Korean food than just BBQ and fried chicken with its first Australian restaurant, which brings signature home-style meat stews, ribs and rice balls to The Glen’s new dining precinct. Its authenticity and touch of class make it one of the best Korean restaurants in Melbourne.

Authentic Korean stews at affordable prices. Masizzim (pronounced ma-see-Zim) comes from the Korean word for delicious, “masi”, and “Jim”, meaning stew, and refers to the restaurant’s specialty Galbi Jjim, a family favourite braised-meat dish usually reserved for festive holidays and high-end restaurants, which Masizzim will be bringing to the people of Glen Waverley at a weekday price point.

  • Making it yourself rice balls are fabulous.
  • Not to mention Korean dumplings with the crispy outer casing.
  • Pancakes are a must-order.
  • Korean feasting at excellent prices in a modern setting in The Glen restaurant district.
  • Not to mention the stunning traditional frozen desserts.

Mr Lee's Foods - Ringwood East

Mr Lee's Food is surely one of the best Korean restaurants in Melbourne, serving up authentic Korean dishes of distinction. Written up in Time Out Melbourne, receiving the Best Cheap Eat award is no mean feat. 

Impressive accolades from a local hero in the burbs. Eastern suburbs locals are rejoicing at this small eatery in Ringwood East.

The menu is limited, but there's a string of hits, notably the house-made sundae (Korean blood sausage), steamed pork belly and dwaeji guk bap (pork soup with rice). 

Comfort food at its best and an authentic Korean food triumph. We're glad we are locals that live around here too. No frills and no website. The attraction is in the food.

  • Korean Soondae Blood Sausage Soup is a must-order. Vermicelli noodles in the sausage.
  • Melt in your mouth pork belly.
  • Worth the drive to Ringwood East!

Kong BBQ - Richmond (Korean, Japanese and American)

Kong is the brainchild of legendary restaurateur Chris Lucas and brings Korean flavours to the masses with a fresh and playful expression. Think buns, ribs, roti-rolls and inventive Korean plates in a funky ex-warehouse with industrial decor. 

I've always ordered the Meat tray here, and Peanut Chicken Wings are a sensation. Fire Pit BBQ is the way to go, and we also recommend the Baby Back Ribs and the Smoked Wagyu Brisket.

FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants

Wood Korean Barbecue and Hwaro Korean BBQ are some of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne.

Mrs Kim's Grill, Bornga and Noda Grill serve authentic Korean BBQ dishes in Melbourne.

In most Korean barbecue restaurants, you will have to cook your meat yourself. There will be a grilling tablet in the middle of each table. After you order your meat, they will turn on the fire, place it on the grill and leave it there. Now it's up to you to cook it!

The don'ts

  • Immediately grilling the meat once the grill is hot is a big no-no. 
  • Do not over flip your meat but make sure it is sufficiently cooked! 
  • Please don't overload your lettuce wrap. 
  • Don't slather your lettuce wrap with sauce either! 
  • Do not pile banchan on your plate. 
  • Or ignore the side dishes at your table.

With a price ranging between $11-$30 (depending on the city & the time of day), you have yourself an All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE) session (that's usually restricted to two hours). You can personally grill countless meat plates to your liking and snack on other Korean dishes that fill every inch of the table.

Conclusion

Korean barbecue is one of those foods that everyone's craving again and again and again (and again). It’s just so damn good.

you’re getting the best of both worlds: perfectly char-grilled meats at the table, a hearty bubbling stew to warm your soul, an endless supply of Korean side dishes and a generous helping of rice to soak up all of this goodness.

Now, if you haven’t already tried Korean barbeque in Melbourne, you’re missing out because Melbourne has such a wide range of authentic spots with both great food and great vibes.

So, whether pork belly is your game or kimchi stew is for you, here’s a picks for the best K-bbq in Melbourne.

Resources:

12 Spots for the Best Korean BBQ in Melbourne

The best Korean barbecue in Melbourne

Where to find the best Korean BBQ in Melbourne

Best Korean Restaurants In Melbourne 2021

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