Close to North Richmond station in Abbotsford, Arisoo’s a stylish little number specialising in Korean cuisine. This is one Korean restaurant in Melbourne that understands that Korean food is best enjoyed socially, so line up a long banquet table and get ready for attributional Korean food. This Victoria Road restaurant is family-run, the proprietors having cut their teeth in hospitality over the ditch in New Zealand and bringing with them a list of recipes handed down to them through generations. Stews, hot pots and casseroles are ideal for winter, but every fan of Korean knows that this is one cuisine perfectly suited to summer, too.
Arisoo’s reputation for a warm welcome and attentive service is solid among Melbourne foodies who are always on the lookout for the best Korean restaurants. While you browse the long and idiosyncratic menu after taking your seats at Arisoo’s chic Victoria Street premises, you’ll invariably be brought out complimentary banchan, small sides dishes of kimchi (homemade!), seaweed, tofu, pickles and the like that will keep on being brought out as long as you’re digging into the food on offer. One of a bunch of Korean restaurants in this corner of Abbotsford, Arisoo’s relaxed sense of style and hospitality sets it apart.
One of the first things you’ll take aim at at Arisoo is the huge wine rack behind the till. Order up a bottle from this superlative Abbotsford Korean restaurant’s collection or bring your own – ice buckets will be provided. If you’re weathering a Melbourne winter, go for one of Arisoo’s warming soups or stews. A colourful, spicy soondooboo stew is perfect, and made to a family recipe. Carnivores love Korean cuisine, and Arisoo doesn’t disappoint. Marinated and grilled Scotch beef fillet served on a sizzling hot plate, japchae, and KFC – that’s Korean fried chicken, mind, served three ways (original, soy, and sweet and spicy). Book for a banquet, or reserve a little space for some of the finest down-home Korean in the city.