Spice up your usual lunch or dinner date with a trip to one of Auckland’s best KBBQ restaurants. For those who aren’t familiar with this tasty concept, KBBQ stands for Korean Barbecue. The unique dining experience usually involves cooking your meat yourself on a grill table. As you enjoy the combination of creating and eating your dishes, it’s bound to be one memorable meal. If you’re willing to put your grilling skills to the test, check out some of the best spots to give KBBQ a go!
Faro Korean Restaurant
Get ready to get your grill on at Faro Korean Restaurant. Their Lorne Street location rates highly on our list with its cosy authentic atmosphere, and friendly service. If you’re after the trendier interior out of the two locations, we suggest heading to New Market. Either way, your taste buds are in for a treat with their meat options ranging from salted tiger prawns to honeycomb pork belly. These can either be served plain or marinated in your choice of garlic, sesame oil, or pear puree glaze. The array of flavours continue as all meats are accompanied by six delicious and complementary side dishes.
Open from 5pm-11pm every day of the week; Red Pig can satisfy those late-night Korean BBQ cravings. Inside you’ll find a unique, modern interior with black stools and silver grill tables. Its aesthetic appeal and modern setting combined with their authentic flavoursome food is the perfect location for a catch up with friends or a dinner date night. The restaurant is also conveniently located opposite the Auckland Art Gallery, making for a 5-minute walk to the movies, mini golf or bowling inside the Metro Building.
Dae Bak Korean BBQ Buffet
Take your KBBQ game to the next level at Dae Bak Korean Buffet. With the option of either $23 for lunch or $25 for dinner, it’s the perfect spot to indulge in delicious Korean cuisine, without spending a fortune. Their range of meats, vegetables, and sauces allows you to experiment in finding the perfect foodie combination for you. Plus, don’t worry about getting peckish while you cook as the buffet includes a variety of fried rice, spring rolls, and sweet chilli chicken ready to eat.
Yummy Korean BBQ Restaurant
If you’re not in the mood to grill, Yummy Korean BBQ does all the cooking for you. The hot spot is known for its “more bang for your buck” menu and friendly fast service, as well as the authentic flavours found in every dish. As most meals range from $12-$18, it’s again a great choice if you don’t want to break your budget. Their most popular dishes include the Pork Cullet with Rice or their Marinated Chicken with Rice–Simple but delicious. While their menu is straight and simple, their interior certainly brightens things up with its retro-feeling bright yellow walls and checked tables.
With a window display showcasing a photo of every dish, be careful not to drool all over the pavement outside. As all meals are ready to eat, Ah Ssak is the ideal option if you don’t fully trust your barbecuing skills quite yet. While you may miss out on the excitement of watching your food cook teppanyaki style, there’s still plenty of choice with their BBQ meals ranging from squid and pork to eel and beef. Their menu also includes a long list of Sojus (a Korean alcoholic drink) and several traditional Korean wines–A perfect way to wash down your dish.