Geonbae is the equivalent of ‘cheers’ in Korean, and you can see why this Kananook Creek gem took this as a name. With an emphasis on communal, sociable and downright delicious eating, this is one of the top spots for a fun meal out with friends around Melbourne’s coastal southeastern extremities. The location right beside Frankston’s waterfront (oh yeah, and the amazing Korean BBQ food) makes it popular, so it’s unwise to turn up without an advance booking!
Geonbae have given Frankston one of the most authentic Korean dining experiences to be found around Melbourne. Blessed with a beautiful location at WatersEdge on the sleepy banks of Kananook Creek, Geonbae makes for an idyllic spot to enjoy sunset views over Port Phillip Bay. However, romantic photo opportunities are not the main attraction here – authentic Korean BBQ is. Geonbae are open for lunch until late every day, though if you’re hoping lining up a meal with friends and family – the best way to enjoy this kind of food – it’s wise to make a booking ahead of time, because Geonbae is often packed out.
Gas grills are built into the tables and the focus at Kananook Creek’s Geonbae is undoubtedly on shared, sociable eating. That means traditional marinated beef galbi, bulgogi and juicy pork belly as satisfying as any you’ll find in Melbourne, as well as awesome kim bab, kimchi, and Korean mahn doo dumplings to stock the side plates, not to mention a host of delicious main dishes whipped up in the kitchen (the pa jeon pancakes and stuffed cucumber are particularly recommended). Geonbae’s mains are designed to be shared, but they offer plenty of tasty vegetarian, meaty and noodle single portions, too, so it’s great for a solo lunch just a short walk from Frankston foreshore!
From the moment we walked in we were greeted with great attentive service. The staff were really accommodating and recommended a great selection of dishes to try. The food was absolutely delicious!! I loved everything and the dishes came out quite quickly. Since hearing and reading great reviews of this place I couldn’t wait to try it, it did not disappoint! I will definitely be back. Great to have this gem in Frankston
Delicious food, great ambience and really good service. Thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely worth a try if you live in the Frankston area. Lots of available parking nearby. Do yourself a favour!!
The set menu was great value- a great way to try a variety of Korean cuisine! Everything was fresh and delicious. Great service - would definitely come again!
Expensive but nice. Have visited twice now. Not really a cheap place to take family. $300+ bill for 4 adults and 2 kids under 6
I chose Geonbae as a venue for my best mate's birthday. I had to find a place that would satisfy the needs of the four of us. Two of us cannot handle spicy foods, one loves spice and is also madly keen about eating meat and then I am a vegetarian. Geonbae seemed to fit the bill. It did not disappoint. I am in love with Geonbae. I know it is a restaurant, but given the silliness of the same sex marriage topic, I could well imagine marrying this restaurant. Firstly, the decor was something to behold. The ceiling is lined with beautiful silver piping that leads to what I thought looked like chrome submarine periscopes mounted above each table. These were in fact exhaust fans designed to remove smoke from the barbecues mounted in each tabletop. It would have been easy to have engineered those such that they got in the way of conversation, but because of their careful placement and the positions of the seating, they were completely unobtrusive. They did actually form an interesting topic of conversation. I felt the little boy in me wanting to get up and play submarines. My best mate told me afterwards that she felt like grabbing them and pretending to fire at our mates at the table. Secondly, the service was spectacular. None of the staff were goofing off. They were all busy, working hard. But I feel that one of the things they worked the hardest to achieve was the feeling that they were not working hard at all. Whilst there is no Nobel Prize for Exceptional Waiting, our waiter deserves to have one established just for him. He was a funny and obviously highly intelligent, interesting man. He was very clear and conscientious. He went out of his way to explain how Korean barbecue and the menu works. Part of that was his making a point of asking us about any food allergies or intolerances. There were other staff who helped us in some ways, as for example when a passing waitress might attend to our barbecue by turning the food over, or by removing used crockery from our table. Then there was the lady who I think owns or co-owns Geonbae. She was friendly, attentive and actually quite funny. It is good to see a restauranteur who invests so much effort and obvious love into her business. The service was overall one that made the difference between feeling welcome, and feeling like honoured guests. I looked around Geonbae, at each of the tables and found quite a variety of patrons dining away and in some cases holding hands. My mates and I were there to celebrate a birthday, and over there was a family group obviously celebrating something, and over there a couple smiling and holding hands, and then over there another couple, eyes ablaze at each other. Geonbae, it seems, is a fantastic place for any dining purpose. Couples on dates, families sharing good times and best mates celebrating life together would all be hard pressed to find a better place to be. And thirdly, the food. Although it is the feature of the restaurant, being vegetarian means I cannot directly say what the barbecue meats were like. What I can say is that my three mates were all saying very little as they were ensconced in enjoying their food. Between their odd moans of pleasure, I heard a few "Oh, God"s and "Oh my"s, to which I could relate because I think I was making similar noises myself. We had barbecue Sets One and Two from the menu which included for me kimchi pa jeon (Korean pancakes) and tofu bibim bap. The sauce that comes with the pa jeon seems to have some sort of magical properties to make the pancakes detonate with something spectacular that played with my palate and the pleasure centre of my brain. The bibim bap was gorgeous. I could go on and on about it as I have become a raging fan and unrequitable lover of this restaurant. It can be a little hard to find, being tucked out of sight of the Nepean Highway in Frankston. It sits at 4 Kananook Creek Boulevard, Frankston, opposite Kananook Creek. A reasonably good GPS will get you there.
4 of us ate at Geonbae last night after easily booking online. We were to be a party of 7 and there was no probs when the other 3 didn't show. Our table was interestingly set with beautiful bowls glassware etc and the seating was comfortable. Very friendly staff, no BYO and our 2 bottles of Sav Blanc were $32 each. We chose to eat the $35 banquet which were cooked at our table. A very exciting experience! Everything we ate was enjoyed by all. Never eaten Korean food before.... we all agreed it was different and absolutely delicious. We especially liked how they served rice - in individual stainless steel? containers which kept the rice warm. The kimichi? were very tasty and the pancakes YUM! There was more than enough food for us all and we have excellent appetites. One of us took some pancakes home and another was offered a take away container to put the remaining 2 BBQ meats in. Overall a great night at an interesting restaurant with excellent staff and food. 10 out of 10.
Fresh, tasty food and very good value. Our initial drink orders arrived promptly, however subsequent drink requests (pushing the table buzzer several times) received no response, so we eventually went to the bar to order additional drinks. To be fair, the restaurant was full and it was a Monday night, so they were perhaps understaffed. Our group of 8 were unable to pay individually, which made it tricky to settle the bill; a sign on the door or menu advising "no split bills" would have been helpful. However, we will definitely eat at Geonbae again.
Loved the light, refreshing and unique banquet of Korean food. Been years since I've dined like this, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Fast and friendly service, and having your own chef cook right in front of you provided a more personalized and social experience not commonly found in other cuisines. Thank you Geonbae staff for making my birthday with family feel so memorable. Would definitely go back there :)
We both enjoyed our dinner at Geonbae the staff were excellent and the food was awesome. The novelty of having our food cooked at our table made the night special. Although we are accustomed to spicy food there was nothing in our banquet that was even near too spicy for us. All good return visit guaranteed.
Geonbae Restaurant at Frankston is one of the best places to eat in Victoria. Excellent food, really friendly and attentive staff.Great value for money, what more could you ask for. I am seriously thinking of having my Birthday party there. I hope you have a positive experience like we did. Enjoy .