Melbourne is home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative restaurants. But we’re sure you know that already. No matter where you find yourself in Melbourne, there are restaurants, cafes and bars suited to all tastes and preferences. For those after something a little different, Korean restaurants in the Melbourne CBD are some of the latest spots making waves in the foodie scene. With dishes like like bibimbap, bulgogi, pork belly and fried chicken taking centre stage on the menus in the Melbourne CBD’s Korean restaurants, you’re going to be in for a culinary treat, that’s for sure.
Korean cuisine has flipped the gastronomy scene in Melbourne on its head lately. No stranger to new dishes, locals have been buzzing about this refreshing cuisine for its cool and trendy bar-like vibe with dishes that certainly tantalise the senses – and in the Melbourne CBD, Korean restaurants are making a statement. Expect cool, low-lighting spaces with bar stools and porcelain chopsticks where diners feast on dishes like fried rice topped with garlic prawns and kimchi, – everything is topped with kimchi – kimbap tacos filled with poached salmon and kimchi (we told you) on a bed of rice in a rice cracker taco – and that’s only at Melbourne CBD restaurant Soulja Boy!
If there's one cooking technique that’s a standout when it comes to Korean cuisine, it's the art of the tableside grill, known as Korean BBQ. The chefs at Korean restaurants in Melbourne's CBD really do have this down to a fine art, so prepare to watch in amazement as your meat sizzles right under your nose. And the best Korean BBQ restaurant in the Melbourne CBD? Well, one of our favourite restaurants is G2 Korean BBQ Melbourne on Elizabeth Street. Those with a love of meat can feast on succulent wagyu beef, beef short ribs, ox tongue and pork belly among other cuts, while vegetarians are still well-catered for with a Korean-style hot pot. No matter what you choose to order, the exciting atmosphere in an authentic Korean restaurant in Melbourne's CBD is not to be missed.
It's one of Korea's most famous dishes, but the art of a good bibimbap can take some time to master. Luckily Korean restaurants in Melbourne's CBD are some of the best in Australia when it comes to making this divine mixed rice dish. Bibimbap involves white rice topped with a fried egg, vegetables, meat or tofu, spicy sauce and of course, kimchi. There's a wide range of variations on this dish available at BEBU Soju Bar & Restaurant on A'Beckett Street and meat lovers will be in heaven with the beef or chicken bulgogi bibimbap. Bulgogi is another well-known Korean dish translating to fire meat, so you should expect an intense and delicious barbecue flavour. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can try the gorgeous salt and pepper tofu bibimbap which is equally delicious and packed with flavour. In fact, there’s a bibimbap to suit everyone no matter which Korean restaurant in Melbourne's CBD you find yourself in!