Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published August 1st 2012
Korean cuisine has a well-known reputation for being 'soul food' and the team at Hanwoori Korean BBQ Buffet pride themselves in their belief that they follow this with their presentation of fresh, high quality vegetables, meats, grains and soybeans: a balanced diet.
Hanwoori remains loyal to the traditions of Korean cuisine, using spices and sauces as key ingredients in their delicious meals. The four main flavours and spices creating the basis of Korean foods are: soybeans, red hot peppers, sesame and soy sauce.
And then, of course, there's the rice. Rice is the backbone of almost every Korean meal; on occasion, noddles can replace rice, but traditionally every person eats a bowl of rice with their meal.
This is reflected at Hanwoori Korean BBQ Buffet. Typically, each person also has a bowl of soup or stew and the side or main dishes (meat, seafood or tofu) are served family-style in the middle of the table.
Hanwoori Korean BBQ Buffet: the food cooked on our grill
My experience of Hanwoori Korean BBQ Buffet was excellent. Beautiful polished dining areas, lovely customer service and a large variety of food to choose from. To be honest, it was the first restaurant I've been to that offer raw foods for you to cook on your own table/grill. Each table has a grill (or two, depending on the size of the table) fitted into the middle, where you can cook your own pork belly, chicken pieces, prawns, baby octopus, onion and larger meat pieces.
I myself tentatively tried some of my friend's cooked baby octopus, which I rather enjoyed, and pork belly, foods that I'd never tried before. From the range of pre-cooked foods, I tried rice, sweet chilli chicken, honey soy chicken, sweet chilli seafood mix, sweet potato noodles and a range of vegetables. For dessert, I ate pieces of the juiciest oranges I've had in a very long time.
Hanwoori Korean BBQ Buffet: a variety of raw meats
Hanwoori Korean BBQ Buffet is open from Monday to Saturday. If you'd prefer a lunch buffet, it's $14.90 or $10.00 to take away (including one free soft drink). The huge BBQ buffet dinner costs $29.90 per person (not including drinks) and includes the use of the special infrared grill (reduced fat, no smoke or smell) available on each table.
So if you'd like to try something new and tasty, head to Mary Street in Brisbane and indulge yourself in the tasty cuisine available at Hanwoori Korean BBQ Buffet.