Located opposite Adelaide Central Market, Koba BBQ Buffet Restaurant is one of the places where you can try Korean BBQ. Each table has a built-in grill for you to cook the meat and seafood yourself. Although it's called a BBQ Buffet, it is actually much more than that. The buffet includes signature Korean dishes like Bibimbap and Tteobboki, sushi, spring rolls, and desserts.
The BBQ buffet includes a can of Korean beer per person but you can swap it for soft drink if you wish. After we were seated, we were served with a platter of beef, pork, chicken, mussels and squid; and a plate of lettuce for wrapping the barbequed meat. The staff turned on the grill and asked if we need instructions on how to cook the meat and enjoy the barbequed meat the Korean way. This is not our first Korean BBQ meat so we were pretty self-sufficient apart from getting the staff to change the grill plate as and when it got dirty.
Korean BBQ Ingredients (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Dipping sauces were provided at the buffet table and you can request for more serves of your favourite meat and seafood. We think having the meat served to the individual table is much better than laying them out at the buffet table. It is more hygienic and the nice presentation is a feast to the eyes. Our favourite meats were the beef bulgogi and galbi (beef ribs). We also grilled garlic and kimchi, which tasted really good when eaten together with the meat.
Korean BBQ (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The buffet spread was very impressive. There were too many selections for us to sample every dish on offer. The dishes we tried include sushi, Takoyaki (octopus balls), spring rolls, Tteobboki (rice sticks cooked in a spicy sauce), sweet and sour pork, Japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles), stewed chicken and Bibimbap . Our favourites were the stewed chicken because the chicken was so tender that it easily fell off the bone and the DIY Bibimbap.
For dessert, we chose Chocolate Mousse and Orange Jelly. The chocolate mousse had a rich chocolatey flavour and the orange jelly had a refreshing citrusy taste, which made a good combination. There was also fresh fruits if you prefer something that a bit healthier.
Desserts (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Fresh Fruit (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The buffet BBQ costs from $32 to $36 per person, depending on the day of the week. However, we bought a deal from Living Social which only cost us $61 for four persons. The restaurant has a very airy and spacious feel because of the high ceiling; and the seating gives a feel of privacy because it is booth-like and spaced apart far enough for you to enjoy a good conversation with your fellow diners. Off-street parking is conveniently located in the U-Park located next to the restaurant.