I know, the name is quite ambiguous - that's exactly what I thought when I drove past it for the first time.
Seoul Buffet Korean BBQ & Steamboat is located on Albany Highway. It's always full of people and smells so good when you drive by. I always wanted to try it out, but of course never did.
Until Tuesday night.
It was a cool night and Wednesday was a public holiday. My house mates and I were looking for something to do that wouldn't require spending to much. Argh, Student life!
Anyway, long story short, a friend came over and proposed to go have diner at Seoul Buffet Korean BBQ restaurant. In response, I bounced out of my couch and booked a table. I've been wanting to try it for so long.
So, the four of us headed to Victoria Park and as we parked nearby the restaurant, we could smell the incredible aromas coming out of it.
When we entered the restaurant, we were received by who I assume was the manager. He was very kind and asked us if it was our first time. Obviously it was, but he must have seen the look on my face when I looked around and seemed pretty clueless to what was going on in this place.
The manager explained to us the system of this restaurant and then ask us to take a seat at our table. He then mentioned that it was either the menu or the BBQ for 39 bucks.
Being a part time student, I was kind of surprised by the price. But we were already sitting at the table and the waiter had already given us a jug of water, it would have been rude to just leave, so we stayed in our chairs and just forgot about it. Plus no one goes there for the menu, they're all there for the buffet.
At first I was a bit confused about the whole thing, but once I started I didn't want to stop. It was just so much fun and, in the end, great value for money.
I decided to take the first step. I did not think about the price at all once I saw the quality and selection of food. It was just impressive.
At the buffet there was a row of cooked foods. This selection included dumplings and fried chicken drumsticks, but I was here for the BBQ, so I stuck to that.
There were three main section of ingredients, some were predominantly for the BBQ and other for the steamboats.
On one side, there were 7 different types of meat, some in delicious marinades. These included:
- Thinly sliced ox tongue
- Sliced beef
- Beef (in marinade)
- Chicken (in two different marinades)
- Spare ribs (in marinade)
- Chilli Pork (in marinade)
All these meats were so thinly sliced that when cooked, they just melt in your mouth. My favourite was the chilli pork - the marinade was exquisite.
The second section consisted mainly of seafood for the steamboats. There were mussels, prawns, fish, fishballs, fishcake and squid. Any fan of seafood would have loved this part.
And finally, the last section had all the fresh vegetables, a selection of noodles and tofu. This section obviously included all the delicious Asian stuff, such as kimchi, pickled fried anchovies, marinated onions and so on.
At the front of this section, there were also a couple of different sauces to add to your BBQ platter. Sweet chilli, chilli oil, chilli flakes, satay sauce, plain soy sauce and so forth.
There was also a choice of beef or chicken stock for the steamboats, and some nice rice to go with the BBQ. The only thing I would complain about is that some people are vegetarian but eat seafood, and I think they would like the option of a vegetable stock.
So, when I was ready with my platter, I headed back to our table where everything had already been turned on for us and I starting cooking.
I just love the idea that you're cooking at your own table, how fun is that.
Our BBQ side was doing fine, and our steamboat looked even better. As we added ingredients to the stock in the steamboats, it became an amazing soup, with different sauces mixed into it, and delicious vegetables. I love their mushrooms, they were so tasty.
Looking around we seemed to be the only newcomers, but we had great fun and definitely full after the third round. Yes, we did thirds.
At the back of the restaurant is a dessert and coffee station, with some watermelon sago, a selection of ice creams and a coffee machine. We did not try that as we were already very happy with what we had, but it seemed really good. Maybe next time.
It is also a BYO restaurant - if we had known that, we would have brought something. They do give you jugs of cold water, which is actually better to make all that food go down.
All in all, Seoul Buffet is now one of my favourite restaurants.
I wouldn't go there every week, as it is a bit pricey, but once in while would be great.