I don't know about you, but I'm quite partial to DIY dining—probably because it's the fun part of cooking and there are no dishes to contend with at the end—and for me, the most fun way to DIY dine is at Korean BBQ.
You don't have to prepare the meat, there are loads of tasty sides to fill up on (kimchi pancake, anyone?) and you get to cook the goods just the way you like them.
Here's 8 of Perth's best Korean BBQ spots for you to check out.
You've probably walked past Tong 86 a million times and never noticed it or been tempted to go inside, but let me tell you, this is one of Perth's best Korean BBQ joints. Yes, you sit on plastic outdoor chairs and yes, the interiors are nothing to write home about, but the food is delicious. Especially the kimchi stew and the kimchi pancake (fan, much?). Make sure you dip your BBQ meats in the peppery peanut oil dressing and wrap them up in a lettuce leaf, it's so good!
There's loads to love at Restaurant Gangnam in Karawara, especially their Korean BBQ. If you're new to the K-becue scene this is the perfect, entry-level place to check out as the menu is full of quality meats that you already know and love (read: no weird bits). We love the squid and pork bulgogi and the spicy marinated scotch fillet. Be sure to order the beef jap chae (juicy sweet potato noodles) while you're there, it's to die for!
Seoul Buffet Korean BBQ & Steamboat
Northbridge, Victoria Park and Subiaco
All-you-can-eat-Korean-BBQ sounds too good to be true, but it's a thing and you can get it from Seoul Buffet Korean BBQ & Steamboat in Northbridge, Vic Park and Subi. Each table is equipped with a Korean-style barbecue and steamboat burner and you can make as many trips to the buffet as you like—but don't grab more than you can fit in your stomach as there is a surcharge for excessive food waste. Don't be a greedy guts!
If you're in the mood to pig out on pork, look no further than Palsaik Namoo's 8 Colourful Flavours of Pork set. What's that you say? Well, dear friends, it's a Korean BBQ pork belly feast—pork belly marinated eight different ways and served with steamed rice, veggies and a seafood and soybean paste stew. Marinades include wine, ginseng, curry and miso. Yummo!
SSAM Korean Cuisine & BBQ Restaurant
One of the more modern Korean BBQ restaurants, SSAM's menu offers up the goods. With loads of varieties of chicken, pork and beef ready for sizzling, they're also one of the few Korean BBQ places in Perth offering a good variety of veggies, great for any of your vego friends (just remember to stick to your side of the hot plate)!
Arirang Korean BBQ
Arirang is probably the most well-known Korean BBQ spot in Perth, and for good reason, the food is delicious! In the meat department, the beef bulgogi is a real winner, but they've also got wagyu, three-layered pork belly and marinated beef ribs—bring on the meat sweats! While you're there, definitely order a serving of the kimcheese fried rice.
Sun BBQ And Cafe
Another Korean BBQ buffet to add to your list, Northbridge fans know all too well how quickly Sun BBQ fills up in the evenings. Grab the wagyu beef set menu which comes with marinated and un-marinated beef rib and your choice of steamed egg, kimchi soup or miso soup—and maybe a side of Korean fried chicken for good measure!
Took Bae Kee II
Little sister to Took Bae Kee I, this place serves up a winning Korean BBQ feast. If we were you we'd opt for the spicy kimchi and thinly sliced pork casserole which is cooked in a hot pot on your table. There are loads of sides and sizzle plates to fill up on, so be sure to go with an empty stomach!
Looking for more Korean eats to chow down on? Click here!
Image credit: Elle Borgward at Tong 86