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Quality Korean Restaurants in Melbourne

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Published October 9th 2013
It seems that every month, a new Korean store pops up in Melbourne. The choices are now endless, but here are some places that hit the spot:

Warra Warra Korean Kitchen, SHOP 19 & 20 Tivoli Arcade, 235 - 251 Bourke St, Melbourne

This is fairly new little place, hidden behind Tivoli Arcade. Their lunch ordering system involves ticking what you would like on a small sheet, similar to Darac Bar and Grill. An old version of their menu can be found here, but their current one has the option to choose what sides you would like.

Warra Warra Korean Kitchen
The food bar


In addition to this, they have a food bar where you can pick up pre-cooked dishes to go along with your meal. In the past, I have chosen takoyaki (octopus balls) and Korean fried chicken. Some of the hot food is not as good after some time though, as the chicken was not crispy and a bit soggy.

However, what I really love there is their cute lunch meals. It comes out in a little pan with your rice and sides and is beautifully presented.

Warra Warra Korean Kitchen
Spicy pork bulgogi and chicken teriyaki


The food is also great - I had the spicy pork bulgogi, as their mild last time wasn't really spicy. This was just the right degree of spicy for a person who isn't so chilli-tolerant. My friend also got the chicken teriyaki, which tasted a bit different to the usual teriyaki sauce and was a bit sweeter which made it quite delicious!

It's typically hidden in Melbourne's alleyways, but just check out their website for clearer directions and it's not too hard to find! It's also decent lunch prices, our two meals and the fried chicken coming to a total of $23.

ChangGo, 70 Little La Trobe St, Melbourne

This popular Korean BBQ joint is not as hidden, located on Little Latrobe St. It's apparently rare for them to pick up the phone for bookings, thus you are subjected to a waiting list at the door where you write your name and take a number.

ChangGo
Eight types of pork belly and a seafood panacake


After more than 45 minutes, we were called in. The attraction of this place, is their set of eight types of marinated pork belly ($58.80). It's hard to remember which flavour is which after cooking it, but I remember enjoying the herb, and I think the ginseng and original. By the last two types, we were struggling due to the amount of food.

ChangGo
Spicy tofu soup


Perhaps it didn't help that we ordered an extra seafood pancake and a spicy tofu soup (once again a good level of spicy for me)....but I believe it was well worth it. Their service was also very prompt, as it seems they are used to always being busy!

Tobagi BBQ, 726 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds

Somewhere a little different to the city, this Korean BBQ venue in Moonee Ponds was visited by Psy himself. The atmosphere is pleasant with the dim lighting, the tables quite spread out and the BBQ area in-built into the table.

Tobagi BBQ
Tobaqi menu and seafood pancake


The seafood pancake ($15) was also quite tasty a good starter, their Denjang soup ($8) not as much. I think I prefer the spicy soup bases rather than the soybean, so perhaps not the soup's fault but my own personal taste.

Tobagi BBQ
Our meat and enoki mushrooms


What I liked about this place, was the generous serving of meat. It wasn't cheap, ranging from $18-$39 (see menu here) but at least I felt like I received value money, compared to some very expensive places in the city that provide very little. The only other downside, is they do not provide complimentary banchan (side dishes), and have to pay $4 for kimchi.. but if you don't eat much of that anyway and are merely after the meat, I do recommend giving it a try!
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Why? To find some great Korean places for good value
Where: In Melbourne CBD and Moonee Ponds
Cost: $8-$50
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I recognise the built in BBQ tables from a Korean restaurant I went to once. It was pretty neat to see the food cooked on your table.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2196 days ago
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