The people of Carlton have been waiting for a proper Korean restaurant to open up shop, and to the delight of local foodies, it’s finally arrived on Lygon Street in the form of Hwatu, where diners can opt to partake in table-top cooking, chow down on some fried chicken or slurp down incredible soups and tasty noodles. This sleek restaurant has already become a hit local circles, drawing in guests from all over Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs (and beyond) with their modern take on classic Far Eastern cuisine. At lunch, there are specials like the spicy crispy chicken or the bulgogi stone pot stew, each served with a number of sides and a choice of soft drink. The real draw to this popular restaurant is undoubtedly the barbecue, so do make sure to order up one of the sets with meats like scotch fillet, ox tongue, pork belly or lamb cutlets. No matter what you’re craving at Hwatu, booking ahead of time is your best bet!
Amazing food and place :) Loved the fried chicken ~ Would also recommend the flavoured rice wine :) They open late too so that's definitely a plus
Amazing korean fried chicken, kimchi pancake, hot pot and jap chae!! Great service. Good condiments. Overall 5/5 dining experience. We would definitely come back again.
Food was excellent, good atmosphere, staffs were very friendly, so overall it was very satisfying
Huge serving sizes and yum food! Recommend: - chive pancakes - bibimbap (not wholly traditional but much more veg and lighter than the usual which is very welcome during summer!) - jap chae
Always enjoyed a pleasant dining experience at Hwatu and frequented it often - food was delicious and service was prompt and friendly. So I was both surprised and disappointed to find recently that Hwatu has a team of new staff who do not appear to have been adequately trained before being rostered to undertake front of house duties. The wait time between placing your order and food arriving at your table is an average of 1/2 hour now. The kitchen seems more preoccupied with fulfilling their UberEats/Deliveroo/Foodora orders than that of the many sit-down customers forced to snack on small side dishes; getting increasingly frustrated by the absurdly long wait, some even getting up to query how long more the wait was going to be. After a 45 minute wait, the waiter actually came up to our table and asked us to put in our order AGAIN (took them 45 mins to realize that they had LOST our order), I asked for our new order to please be bumped up in the kitchen's priority list but nope, even the table that had just sat down 15 minutes ago got food put down on their table first. Worse still is the fact that customers/food couriers/even front of house staff kept leaving the front door wide open each time after other diners/my guests and myself had to repeatedly get up to shut the door, or face the chilly blast that streamed into the restaurant through the open door (Hwatu does not seem to have any heating on within the restaurant itself). Massively disappointing dining experiences and I hope restaurant management resolves these hang-ups sooner rather than later.
Great food, good price, lacked atmosphere but got better towards 9pm. The service was ok and the wine menu was very limited. Overall? I'd go back for a quick good Korean BBQ
This restaurants serves up some the tastiest Korean food I've eaten. The atmosphere is nice and the staff are friendly. All the dishes where nice and great mix with soju!
The waiting time is a bit slow however it’s not too bad overall . Staff are friendly and the food are great. The price is a bit high though.
Very nice place! The staff are friendly, service is swift. The food is tasty and thoroughly enjoyed it. Will be back here again and again.
Great food, Terrible service. They need to work on their customer service. Not offering drinks on a 40 degree day is unacceptable! Come on guys.