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Koba Korean BBQ Restaurant

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by Samantha Lau (subscribe)
Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published December 13th 2012
Come in to Koba Korean BBQ Restaurant
Koba is a newly opened Korean restaurant located on Grote Street. It's pretty hard to miss it as it's quite a sizeable looking building by itself. Also, it looks like it used to be a church.

The interior is spacious and welcoming; Korean themed decorations line the walls and overhead lights help brighten the place up. As there aren't that many windows, the lights are necessary.

I think every table here is a booth table. I love that fact because booth tables are just somehow more comfy than their normal counterparts. Every table is completed with a mini-stove in the middle, for the barbecued meats.

My friend had come here before and she said she tried the barbecued meats. As they use charcoal to cook, the flavours are much stronger and better. As she's fond of Korean food, I was more than willing to trust her judgement that the food served was pretty good. However as it was just the two of us, we opted to order individual dishes.

The bulgogi\bibimbap was what my friend ordered.

Bulgogi Bibimbap

The dish came in a beef stone pot and the presentation of everything definitely wowed me. The usage of the wooden holder and the traditional looking tray really went far to uphold the Korean theme. My friend said she enjoyed it and the marinated beef tasted very nice. Priced at $12.50, I'd say that was a pretty good bargain.

I ordered the bulgogi bansang.

Bulgogi Bansang

This dish is like a Korean lunch box. You have your meat, veggies and rice separate. The rice is cooked in a traditional hot stone method.

Hot stone rice

This meal also cost $12.50, and I was very satisfied with the price, quantity and quality. I'm not normally a big eater but I managed to wolf everything down to the last grain of rice.

I think Koba is making a good start at the restaurant business (though there weren't that many customers there when I came; maybe word hasn't spread yet). However, I believe that they have a way to go in the service aspect. I think there were only two waiters at hand and they were inattentive and unfriendly. Our food also took a long time to come out - about a half hour wait. Still, I probably wouldn't mind coming back to try the barbecued meats to see what the fuss is all about using charcoal to cook.
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Why? Good and affordable Korean food
When: Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Sat
Phone: (08) 8212 6260
Where: 100 Grote Street Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Cost: Below $20
Your Comment
Sammie I had a really good time at this place when I went for dinner two weeks ago. I noticed business there is pretty quiet during lunch time but it was incredibly busy when I went for dinner. There was more than adequate staff at dinner time and luckily for us, I could not fault their service at all. We had the Korean BBQ and Shabu Shabu and lots of of other dishes and was really impressed with the taste and quality of food presented to us.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2845 days ago
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