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“Meat, meat, meat”

Melbourne Hwaro Korean Barbecue
Ranked #294 of 4,400 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 19 - US$ 76
Cuisines: Korean
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Hwaro is located at the Spencer Street end of Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Our booking was for 7.30pm & there were a couple of parking spots right out the front - lucky day!

A wall of smoke first hit me walking through a big group of people smoking right at the front door! Then inside the restaurant it was like walking in to a smoke filled cave. It took some time to get used to the lack of fresh air.

There is mostly meat on the menu so this place is definitely not suitable for anyone that doesn’t eat meat. Once you order (which was difficult due to the language barrier) the service was super fast. Within a few minutes we had a smoking hot bbq in the middle of our table, a separate table was brought up close to ours & plates of meat were lined up.

The waiters came to put the meat on & turn it over & chop it up with scissors. You then serve yourself the accompanying sides - pickles, kim chi, spring onion & lettuce, which were delicious & a welcome addition to the meat.

The highlight for us was the zucchini pancake & the kim chi pancake - both dinner plate sized & crunchy on the outside, soft & delicious on the inside.

It was odd that there was a $1 surcharge for water (from the tap in a plastic container) - we had to ask 4 times until it was brought to the table. We were also told there was a cost to additional sides - I’ve read reviews here saying it was free. Given that the sides are the only veg component there needed to be more. We only had them brought to the table twice - one small bowl/plate of each. Needed more, there were 5 of us. They were small servings too - you might need a serve of rice each or at least between 2...

The wait staff were mostly friendly, overall it was an interesting experience, definitely visit if you like meat & bbq!

Thank cwookie
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meals. The food was so tasty and the staff were friendly and attentive. It was more than just food, the whole charcoal bbq experienced was great

Thank Debbie M
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

1st Korean BBQ experience, and i am glad we came here! The staff were so helpful, and friendly! The food was great. And we left with a smile on our faces. Definitely recommend!

Thank Broookeee
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Your meal is cooked over hot coals at your table. White hot coals are carried around the restaurant from table to table, up and down the stairs etc, etc; what could possibly go wrong...... That said, the food was delicious and the theatre of having it cooked in front of you I am sure adds to one's enjoyment. The act of cooking the various meats, fish and vegetables essentially in shifts due to limited space on the barbecue means that the meal is nicely paced and it is very good sharing food. The quality of the ingredients has to be spot on for this kind of cooking and it is.I recommend it.

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Thank Cathy H
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

First time EVER trying Korean BBQ and we both absolutely loved it....staff were very accomodating and friendly...we will be back that's for sure

Thank Jeff W
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