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Anju Bar and Restaurant

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Published October 28th 2014
It's not very hard to find Korean food in the Melbourne CBD. From little laneways to main streets such as Russell and Swanston, it won't be much of a feat.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
The warm interior

But to find Korean food with a twist, but still authentic elements, is almost like finding treasure.

A newer restaurant that exemplifies this is Anju Bar and Restaurant. Located on Little Latrobe, very close to RMIT, it makes me envious that it wasn't open back during my university days.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
The drinks menu. Anju traditionally refers to Korean food eaten with alcohol.

They revamped their menu from my first visit, this time providing it in suave, black envelopes.

The waiters/waitresses are quite nice and accommodating, but I feel a little awkward with seating arrangements. A few times they needed to move some people around.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
Slider set

On both of my visits, I quite enjoyed their sliders ($15 for a set) - the soft shell crab unsurprisingly a standout whilst the spicy pork meat was typically Korean with its red hot sauce.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
Kimchi pancake

It's common for modern Korean dishes to have a layer of cheese on top and this was present in both their popular Mother and Son Omelette ($28) and also their kimchi pancake ($16). I like that they aren't smothered in cheese but topped with a decorative amount.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
Mother and son omelette

An interesting and modern appetiser was the chicken balls - fried balls cut in half and filled with various sauces.

I loved the styling and the extra coleslaw in the middle to sort of end each flavour and allow you to move on to the next. Sauces included the likes of dijon mustard and more.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
Chicken balls

The grand finale would have to be the bossam ($65) - pork belly in spices served with sauces, kimchi and lettuce. Our waiter broke the pork belly into smaller pieces and advised we wrap up the meat in lettuce with kimchi and our preferred sauces.

He also noted we had ordered a lot of food but gave us the option to takeaway the leftovers.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
Pork Belly

I was thankful to hear that because I know a lot of high-end restaurants would definitely not allow you to take away and it would be such a waste of meat.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
Our feast

A few other quirks that make this dining atmosphere unique include the warm lighting and bar layout. My friend said it felt like most of the places she's been to in Korea.

In addition to this, at some points of the night they start projecting old black and white movies on the wall.

Anju Bar and Restaurant
Projecting old films

This place is not cheap but it's well worth the service, food and unique experience. Warning - you will probably smell like Korean food upon departure, but you will also be very full! I look forward to coming back sometime to enjoy the whole experience by sampling some of their drinks' menu.
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Why? To experience modern Korean food in a unique atmosphere
When: Mon-Fri 11.30-2.30pm, Mon-Sun 5.30pm-late
Phone: (03) 9662 4568
Where: 18 Little Latrobe St, Melbourne
Cost: $15-$65
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