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12 Of The Best Korean BBQ Restaurants In Sydney Right Now

By Tim Piccione

The dining room at BOM Korean BBQ in Sydney, which is drenched in pink and blue neon lights.

There’s nothing quite like the communal culinary experience of Korean BBQ. If you’ve never had the pleasure, you order from a range of meats like pork belly, beef short rib, sirloin steak, boneless chicken and pork jowl to cook yourself over a grill.

The best menus Korean BBQ in Sydney has to offer feature different cuts and marinades for you to experiment with. With the smells of grilling meat, the sound of a bustling restaurant and the pouring of beer and soju, Korean BBQ is one of the most engaging and delicious options to shake up your next group dinner.

Here are 12 of the best Korean BBQ in Sydney.

SOOT

Barangaroo

korean bbq sydney sootA modern Sydney Korean BBQ from hospitality group Kolture (who are behind Kogi, which is also on our list), SOOT heroes Wagyu beef, with a minimum marble score of 7+ beef joined by Angus galbi and Kurobuta pork ribs. Staff are on hand to provide guidance as to how best to cook their selection.

As well as the Korean BBQ,  the menu has snacks like Korean fried chicken with sweet gochujang sauce, seafood pancakes packed with prawns, squid and spanner crab, and noodle and rice dishes and soups.

It wouldn’t be Korean BBQ without drinks, and SOOT has Korean liquors including soju and cheongju, an extensive spirits collection (with a particularly large Japanese whisky offering), saké, and Korean-influenced cocktails.

BaaOinkMoo (BOM)

Edmondson Park

korean bbq sydney baaoinkmoo bomYou'll find fancy Sydney Korean BBQ BaaOinkMoo (or "BOM" for short) in the Ed Square dining precinct, with a vibrant retro arcade-meets-BBQ interior. Expect to encounter dance battles, DJs, and live K-Pop.

Executive chef Peter Wu has sourced top-tier 5+ Aussie Wagyu, alongside locally sourced and seasonal veggies and fish. You also need to try the BOM signature fried chicken, which comes with your pick of coatings: sweet and spicy, snow cheese, garlic soy, or gangjung.

A vibey list of Korean-inspired soju cocktails is front and centre. Try the Pixel Pink with peach soju, vodka, and grapefruit juice, or the KPOP Cooler with Absolut, blue curacao, grapefruit, and lime juice. 

Danjee

CBD

If you’re looking to elevate your experience and blend fine dining elements with Korean BBQ in Sydney, Danjee should be on your list. This spot offers the typical restaurant experience with some up-market Korean dishes and delicacies like a range of bibimbap (Korean rice bowl), fried chicken, dumplings, bokkeum stir fries and more.

The dedicated Korean BBQ section at Danjee is what we’re interested in, with high marble score Wagyu beef, ox tongue, marinated beef ribs, scotch fillet and pork belly to cook yourself and pair with a few premium vinos or soju.

678 Korean BBQ

Haymarket and Eastwood

Sydney’s two 678 Korean BBQ outposts are part of a beloved global franchise owned by Korean comedian Kang Ho-dong. The BBQ menu here won’t overwhelm, but the list of +8 marble score Wagyu options is certainly impressive. Pair some short rib with a chilled spicy noodle soup and a Korean beer for a knock-out meal.

Woo Wol

Chippendale

korean bbq sydney woowol chippendale wagyuKorean BBQ, but make it fancy. That is the essential idea behind Woo Wol, a restaurant from the team behind Sydney's high-end Korean dining experience Jung Sung. Woo Wol acts as both a sleek Korean BBQ joint and a Wagyu-filled omakase experience. 

For lunch and dinner, Woo Wol's Korean BBQ is fired up over true charcoal grills. At lunchtime, it's a fusion vibe with BBQ sets packed with soy-marinated pork rib or Wagyu beef. There's even an insane Wagyu cake, made up of a chef's selection of meats. 

Wagyu House

Croydon

This all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ buffet offers some serious bang for your buck if you come hungry. Two hours of all-you-can-eat is just $32.90 for lunch and $39.90 for dinner. Pull up one of Wagyu House’s iconic red plastic chairs and make your way over to the two long counters, each brimming with meat options. Then fill a few plates up with banchan and bring it all back to prepare on the old-school charcoal grills.

Yang San Park

CBD

Sit down at Yang San Park to the spectacle of flaming hot coals carefully placed under your grill. This Korean BBQ is the place for an affordable and often lively kind of night, so expect friendly banter with staff who will throw you some pro tips on perfecting your cook. Order individual items from the small menu or opt for the Yang San Park set ($31), featuring plenty of crowd-pleasers like pork belly, marinated pork loin, marinated beef rib, steam egg pot and more. They don’t take bookings and weekends get busy quickly, so anticipate a wait.

KOGI Korean BBQ

Haymarket

Best Korean Barbecue Sydney Kogi Located in Market City, KOGI is all about bringing luxury to the Korean BBQ experience. The Haymarket restaurant offers over 15 cuts of premium wagyu beef and pork, with plenty of soups, banchan, fried chicken, chilled noodles and bibimbap to pair with. Try your skills on the hot coal grill for the meats and let executive chef Hang Jun Chung and his nearly 40 years of experience in Korean cuisine do the rest.

Kangnam BBQ

Hornsby

Once you order your Korean BBQ picks at Kangnam BBQ, your table will be swiftly filled with up to 10 rotating side dishes like kimchi and mashed potatoes.

You can also order classic Korean entrees like seafood pancakes, beef tartare or potato croquettes. Choose your sauce from vinegar and wasabi, salt and sesame oil or a fermented soybean mixture, cook your meat (with classics joined by options like smoked duck, pork belly with matured kimchi, and king prawns) like a pro and wrap it all up in salad leaves to devour.

Gyeong Bok Gung Korean BBQ

West Ryde

Make your way to West Ryde’s popular Gyeong Bok Gung Korean BBQ if you’re ready to eat an absolute feast. Your table will fill up with house-made banchan faster than you can eat them, with the spacious 92-seat restaurant offering free refills for the pickles, tofu and marinated vegetables. Make sure you try the marinated pork or the premium Wagyu short rib, and accompany these with dishes like kimchi stew, seafood pancake and beef short rib soup.

Butchers Buffet

Haymarket, Eastwood, Cabramatta and Strathfield

Korean BBQ Sydney Butchers Buffet These Korean BBQ buffet joints focus heavily on meat and the buffet-style experience. Butchers Buffet keeps your group lunch or dinner as simple as possible: pay ($35.90 for lunch and $45.90 for dinner) and go to town for 90 minutes. Buffet tables are brimming with meats, salads, noodles, classic banchan, sauces and desserts. The only problem you’ll face is having enough room on the table. 

Bornga

Haymarket

Before firing up the grill and tucking into Korean BBQ meats, you’ll notice that Haymarket’s Bornga certainly looks the part with long, lit-up booth seating, timber finishes, and temple-style decor. You’ve got 90 minutes to eat all you can here, with banchan like kimchi, cucumber soup and chilli pickles filling your table as soon as you order. Make sure you try grilling up the restaurant’s signature paper-thin slices of beef brisket called woo samgyeop.

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Image credit: BOM, SOOT, BOM, Steven Woodburn, Kogi, Butchers Buffet

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