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“First Korean BBQ exoerience”

Melbourne Hwaro Korean Barbecue
Ranked #323 of 4,618 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: US$ 18 - US$ 72
Cuisines: Korean
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We were there a few days ago as a family of four, for my sons 20th birthday. We had a fantastic time! First off we started with the yummy dumplings, then a cold noodle soup which was delicious. We ordered 4 different meats, but added a 5th which made it a perfect amount of food. The flavour of the marinade on the meats were so yum. As we tried each one it became our next favourite. The side accompaniments were new flavours for us & we enjoyed them too. We did order an extra side. Considering we had 2 hungry boys, they were very satisfied by the quantity of food. The Gal-Bi & wagyu tender strips were our favs. We didn’t order a pancake, but I wish we did as seeing the one on the next table it looked so delicious.
It was such a good experience cooking the meat over the coals, we started to get the hang of things as each meat was cooked & cut by the staff. We found the staff to be very friendly & helpful seeing we were new to the experience. We found service was very quick for drinks & food, we were there a bit over 2 hours which was perfect. Very satisfied & we will definately be back. The standard has been set high.

Thank Jenny H
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

I came here with my cousin.Really good food quality and friendly staff, i felt like i was in korea. Sure i will come back!!

Thank Alessio R
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We have been to quite a few Korean BBQ places in Melbourne so the concept was not new to us. It’s a traditional Korean BBQ where your meat is cooked on your table on a BBQ. This restaurant is surely one of the best and the food is quite tasty. The meat is good quality. So is the seafood. Staff is quite friendly. The place can get pretty loud due to large groups but the food is good so it’s all worth it. Their marinated meats are great.

Thank Devdarshini
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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!

1  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 DebbieM4375
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