Along Toorak Road in Melbourne’s South Yarra there are plenty of places where you can pick yourself up a nice cooked meal of an evening. Few though, will let you cook your meal for yourself. Zen Charcoal BBQ is one of those few. They specialise in Korean BBQ: diners can pick from their extensive selection of meats – steak, spare ribs, chicken, pork belly – or seafood, and then grill them exactly as they like them at their table.
Korean BBQ is one of Melbourne’s hottest food trends about at the moment, and at Zen Charcoal on Toorak Road in South Yarra, you can find out what the fuss is all about. The premise is simple: you choose your meat or seafood of choice from their menu of pre-marinated treats and then cook it yourself to your exact specification, on a grill place on the table right in front of you. Simple stuff, one would think, but difficult to pull off well, which is where the folks down at Zen excel.
If the premise behind your restaurant is that customers cook their own food, you have to come up with an accoutrement of other things to make your place worth a visit. After all, your customers cook themselves food every other night of the week. At Zen Charcoal on Toorak Road they have so much more to offer than just Korean BBQ, Their soups are superb, and an ideal way to start your evening meal. Hotpots are also a speciality, and their kimchi is among the best in Melbourne. Plenty of reasons to head out to South Yarra then, so don’t hesitate in booking your table at Zen Charcoal BBQ now.
This was only the second time we have had Korean BBQ, as someone who is quite picky with food I pretty much loved the food we had from the Momo set. I also tried the Lychee cider which was delicious. For anyone trying Korean for the first time this is definitely a place I would recommend.
very good service and for the amount of food we had, the price was reasonable and there servings were generous. Never disappointed here. Been here twice and on both occasions good food and good service.
Fantastic service for a large group; catered well for everything from vegans to people ordering individually to shared barbecue dishes. Surprisingly inexpensive bill at the end!
The pork belly is amazing! Crispy outside but juicy inside! The most important is it is smoke-free! The entree are delicious! Nice service and place! Definitely will come again
Zen Charcoal Bbq was more than we expected the service/staff was exceptional love all the flavors and the decor was sensational , the dwelling was nice sleek and clean. (even the bathroom was immaculate ) will be taking my friends there some time soon .
The people were very friendly. We enjoyed the decor. The food was excellent. We did have a bit of trouble with parking in the street but this was fixed by the parking in the building across the road. Perfect!
A great experience and fun night. Would recommend this restaurant if you want to try something different. We had the bbq banquet so got to try lots.
The food was so yummy and fresh. It was very different from what we normally would have. The waiters were informative and friendly. We had a wonderful night out.
Great food! Lacked a bit of ambience but the restaurant has great potential. We did not come home smelling like a BBQ which was nice considering the food was cooked at our table :-)
Good food; prompt friendly service; we had the BBQ Combo for two and it was cooked just right; will definitely return again; would recommend to others.