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Published October 1st 2016
Delicious Korean BBQ is the best
Korean barbeques, or Gogigui, have been growing in popularity in Australia. The Barn Korean BBQ is one of a number of recently opened cafes and restaurants in the revitalised suburb of West Ryde. The Barn has been opened for a mere three weeks and we wanted to trial this new establishment in the lead-up to my daughter's birthday. The restaurant is a spacious inviting eating place that has large panelled windows allowing natural light to penetrate, creating an appealing atmosphere.
We were the first customers for lunch time. The manager confidently approached and showed us a table for four. He said he arrived in Australia two years ago to learn English and now manages this wonderful eatery. In Korea he owned a coffee shop and worked as an aeroplane mechanic. As this BBQ experience was new to us, we asked whether the Beef Lovers BBQ Platter would be suitable for us. We were told the platter would be adequate for three people but perhaps not enough for four people. The Beef Lovers Platter consisted of scotch fillet, thin skirt beef, marinated beef sirloin, wagyu rib finger and marinated beef rib. We chose to go ahead with the BBQ Platter ($88) and would decide if we wanted more afterwards. In addition to the platter, the manager gave us ttukbaegi gyeranjjim, a fluffy hot steamed egg hot pot, complimentary for their newly opened establishment.
The waitress brought out bowls of vegetables and noodles and tofu. The food and side dishes, pronounced barn charn in Korean, were delicious. The meat was placed on the BBQ to sizzle, then turned and cut with scissors into bite-sized delectable pieces. Each piece was appetizing and the dipping sauces were very tasty.
Our lunch was a very enjoyable experience. The service was excellent and yes, the platter is adequate for three people but not enough for four. We will certainly return to this terrific restaurant. The Barn Korean BBQ is opposite the bus and train stop at West Ryde. If you're after dessert, go next door to Once Upon A Time cafe, another newbie in the West Ryde eating enterprises.