Can’t resist that smoky, meaty treat? These Korean grills will cure your cravings. 

Paik’s BBQ

Sure you can order menu staples like kimchi stew at Paik’s, but then you’d miss out on the star of the show. Superior Korean pork, barbecued over charcoal at the table and served with too many condiments and side dishes to count. In Little Lon, much-celebrated Paik’s is owned by Seoul’s Baek Jong-won.

BBQ Brothers 10

There’s a cheerful vibe at BBQ Brothers 10. Starting with cute set names like Grand Papa (for five hungry diners) and Baby Brother (for couples). Order juicy slices of grilled pork and beef, or make a meal of the side dishes alone. Maybe seafood stew, kimchi pancake or sausage and rice-cake skewers.

A hot plate with meat and vegetables on it surrounded by side dishes.
BBQ Brothers 10

MEATing

Can't get enough of buffet-style K-BBQ? Meet your friends at MEATing on Bourke Street for an all-you-can-eat feed for less than $50. There's two levels of seating and you'll find different dishes on both levels. Try ramen and street snacks, or throw some Angus and Wagyu beef on the barbie. Pick a spot downstairs if you want to try the signature dish – DIY army stew.

Guhng the Palace

Eating out with a gang of four or more? With multiple levels to choose from, contemporary-chic Guhng is great for group dining. The menu’s equally huge. Taste all the top picks in sets for two to six, with Angus rib fillet and fried chicken included. If BBQ’s not your thing, go for tapas, dumplings and noodles.

Hwaro

Hwaro’s secret is in the home-style seasonings prepared by owner-chef Eunsook Kim. They’re the ones her mum used to make, adding hot pepper spice to high-quality meats such as tender Wagyu and ox tongue. Settle in while dinner sizzles in front of you on a mini-BBQ. Staff are on hand to slice and flip.

A person grilling meat in a restaurant.
Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant

Yeonga Korean BBQ

North Melbourne’s Yeonga is gaining fans with bang-on barbecue, authentic fitout and funky booth seating. The helpful staff and user-friendly menu make it a good choice for newbies. Gather around the charcoal grill and choose your level of spice, beef or pork. Vegos will love the dumpling and mushroom hotpot.

Bornga

You’ll need to book way in advance to get into Bornga, another member of the Baek Jong-won empire. The elegant tables in this Chinatown restaurant are as hot as the signature woo samgyeop beef brisket. To maximise the flavours, roll up the beef with green onions and vegies, and dip in the special sauce.

Mansae

The modern decor is minimalist concrete at Mansae, but the focus is on fun. As the neon sign says, go beer or go home. So go ahead, select soy-marinated galbi beef ribs from your tabletop gas-fired charcoal grill. Pair with house-made dipping sauces and Asahi. Or better yet, a peach soju cocktail.

Two people with tongs picking meat up off a hot plate.
Mansae Korean BBQ

Sura Korean BBQ

Unlike most other Korean barbecue spots, QV’s Sura is open for lunch daily. Service is quick, the atmosphere’s lively and sets for two are good value. To wow your tastebuds with soy, garlic, spice and miso, share a five-flavour pork skirt set. Enjoy with a glass of chestnut-flavoured makgeolli rice wine.

GogiMatcha

GogiMatcha is open till 11pm daily, perfect for when you get the late-night Korean munchies. The mantra here is something for everything, and the menu delivers. From marinated meat to traditional favourites like corn cheese, bibimbap and bulgogi hotpot. Not forgetting Kirin on tap and soju cocktails.

Hwadam Korean BBQ and Grill

For a new take on Korean BBQ, head to Hwadam on Elizabeth Street. Choose from premium meats (the giant pork rib is a must order), grilled cheese and pork skin. Or construct your own K-BBQ sushi. Just wrap your freshly grilled meat around sushi rice and add a dollop of wasabi. It's the foodie mash-up we didn't know we needed.

Cuts of meat and sushi rice on black plates.
Hwadam Korean BBQ and Grill

Ten BBQ Hotpot

Dine on all-you-can-eat hotpot and Korean BBQ for just $44.80 at Ten BBQ Hotpot in Southbank. Load up your plate with BBQ staples like marinated beef brisket and choose from nine different soup bases. Then grab your toppings, sides and sauces and cook up a storm on the hot pot and grill at the table. There's no need to rush, sittings are 1 hour 45 minutes.

Woodo

For a well-priced set, head to cafe-style Woodo. See if you can squeeze in soup, rice, side dishes, salad, vegetables and your choice of Wagyu, beef and/or pork. Or unbuckle your belt to take on the banquet, adding gyozas, pancakes and hotpot. Finish with sesame ice cream, and heave a satisfied sigh.

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