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12 Best Korean BBQ Spots in Melbourne | Man of Many

Our list of the best Korean BBQ in Melbourne goes like this.

Best Korean BBQ in Melbourne at a Glance

We firmly believe that a great Korean restaurant has to be fuss-free and unpretentious, and this is exactly why we love Bornga. You’ll love the vast variety of BBQ set menu options and extensive range of entrees and dishes such as corn cheese, steamed eggs, and seafood pancakes. It’s the perfect place to come with a few friends and share a meal, with the steak being a standout. Angus top blade, rib fingers, and brisket, they’re juicy, high quality, and ready for your grill.

1. Bornga

With two locations across Melbourne, Mansae Korean BBQ and Bar offers a laid-back, interactive dining experience designed to be fun – the restaurant’s name, Mansae, is even the Korean word for “hip hip hooray”. Regarding the menu, the meat is only the finest quality, with a traditional spread of banchan and small side dishes served alongside. If you’re feeling adventurous, we can’t go past the Mansae Yangnyeom Galbi and Thinly Sliced Ox Tongue.

2. Mansae Korean BBQ and Bar

Prepare for marinated meats and authentic recipes that have moved from the backyard barbecue to Mrs Kim’s Grill. This Korean restaurant in Melbourne can accommodate up to seven people for a 90-minute sitting, but a word of warning, it gets very busy. In terms of food, there are a few a la carte entree and grill options, but we recommend going for the set menus. Choose any of the meat options and expect nothing but the best quality, our favourite is the Moo Set for Two with their famous marinated Galbi beef ribs and skirt steak.

3. Mrs Kim’s Grill

Known for providing a feast, SOKO Korean Charcoal BBQ is the perfect place to go with a hoard of hungry mates. If you’re looking for a great value-for-money KBBQ in Melbourne, look no further. The combination sets are fairly priced and generous, a meat combination set can be had for around $100, a beef combination set for around $120, and a family set for $280. As far as we’re concerned, we can’t go past the lunch special, with one of the best beef bulgogi lunch boxes in the city.

4. SOKO Korean Charcoal BBQ

One hundred per cent natural charcoal is the motto here, and you can taste it in the juicy meats up for grabs. With plenty of Wagyu to choose from, expect authentic flavours paired with a unique, spacious interior inspired by traditional Korean design and architecture. We recommend the Wagyu combo for two people, which includes a chuck tail flap, oyster blade and rump cap. If Porks what you want on your fork, the chilli past Pork Belly is simply outstanding.

5. Yeonga Korean BBQ Restaurant

BBQ-K is a vibrant, authentic Korean restaurant located in the heart of Doncaster East. They’re known for decent portions, affordable prices, great service, and of course, delicious meats. It’s rare to find a Korean restaurant in Melbourne that cares about customer service (most are too busy to care), but service is a highlight at BBQ-K. You’ll love the combo set on offer, and we’d recommend large groups go for set 5 with Wagyu scotch fillet, marinated spare ribs and more.

6. BBQ-K

We’ll start by mentioning the seasonings here (more than 23 ingredients, we’re told) because they classify the meat as some of the best at any Korean BBQ joint in Melbourne. The restaurant matures them over several days before landing on your plate for you to savour, however, if we look at the restaurant’s history, it suggests they go back much further than that. The recipes and traditions stem from around the time of the Korean imperial courts. Founder Eunsook Kim wants to spread the joy of Korean food to everyone in her community, and what better way than with some good old-fashioned barbeque? You’re eating a part of KBBQ history here.

7. Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant

With so many delicious options, you’ll be thrilled to taste more options on this decadent menu. Whether you’re with vegans, meat-eaters or fruitarians, everyone will find something to love at this Melbourne KBBQ eatery. Seared beef tataki with avocado puree, deep-fried tofu with homemade sweet soy sauce and pickled baby octopus on cream cheese and pear are just some of the options – on the starters menu. Hint: the bigger the group, the more of these delicious dishes you’ll be able to sample.

8. Guhng The Palace

If there’s an opening in your diary for a new regular go-to, we’d say Woodo Korean Barbecue is an ideal candidate. It hosts some of the most affordable, authentic and tasty Korean BBQ Melbourne has to offer, with all your favourite snacks and a heap you didn’t know you loved. Top this with a thriving atmosphere and friendly staff, and you will need help to stop yourself from returning.

9. Woodo Korean Barbecue

Whether you drop in for a new bento box for lunch or stay for a full grill at dinnertime, G2 Korean BBQ will provide a memorable visit. The chic, urban space serves smoky traditional grills in the heart of Melbourne CBD. From oyster blade beef to pork scotch, their extensive offering of meat cuts is all of the highest quality. Top it off with some kimchi pancakes, deep-fried dumplings, Japchae (pan-fried potato noodles), and ladies and gentlemen. You have yourselves a banquet!

10. G2 Korean BBQ

Lotus root chips and deep-fried crab claw will wet the palate for your sumptuous evening at Towoo BBQ. Bring it to a head with the most enchanting flavours on their red chilli pork bulgogi. And cap it off with some refreshing soju. Book yourself in for a feast at this hidden gem before word gets out.

11. Towoo Charcoal

Nestled amongst the trendy, overpriced restaurants of Melbourne’s laneways lies an unassuming but equally ambient spot for good Korean BBQ in Melbourne. ChangGo has incredible food, excellent service and a buzzing atmosphere. They specialise in various pork belly flavours but don’t leave without trying the seafood pancake and a sip of soju.

12. ChangGo Korean BBQ

With an editorial team full of foodies, Man of Many has had the unique opportunity to directly sample and experience Korean food from the best spots in Melbourne. It is also based on our experience, in-depth research and customer reviews of Korean restaurants in Melbourne. As expert journalists who guide people between competing products and services, we have provided our independent opinion in formulating our selections. Man of Many has utilised Steve Kavakos’ expert knowledge of his home city. Our editors have taken into account food, service and atmosphere while also making a concerted effort to highlight a few spots outside of the CBD. You can review our editorial policy here surrounding how we maintain our independence in our editorial reviews.

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