Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dae Jang Geum Korean BBQ

1/235 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000, Australia
Phone: (03) 9662 9445

Another unofficial birthday dinner saw myself and the boys (Kevin, Jacky and Dennis) at Dae Jang Geum in Chinatown. We walked up the stairs to find this absolutely humungous hall with table so sparesely located you could park cars between them. It actually felt too big a space and quite empty and isolated.

Dae Jang Geum is a Korean BBQ restaurant, which means you order a stack load of meat, cook it yourself and gorge until you can't move anymore. We did just that.

We got a Kimchi Pancake as Jacky was curious and never tried one. It was quite good, although I prefer the usual seafood pancake.

The Beef Tartare was also quite good in terms of flavours. But the texture was awful as the meat was still on the verge of being frozen. Even by the end of the night, the beef was still like icicles.

We ordered an array of meats and each was ok without anything really standing out. If you want really good Korean BBQ, go try Hwaro BBQ. The price is about the same but the meat is of a better quality and also cooked over coals.

The service was quite good as far as Asian restaurants go. The staff actually kept cooking the meats for us and requests for things were promptly done. The ambience is a strange feel. The tables are so far apart and the wooden floors make it feel like you're on an island by yourself. The actual food was ok but a tad expensive for the quality I think.

Overall Rating: 13/20, Food is ok with fairly good service.

Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20:Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.

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