Anzac Day dinner brings me to the Bakehouse Garden for some Korean BBQ, located in the site of the old Arnott’s factory. I haven't visited North Strathfield before and I'm amazed at seeing all the new restaurants that have been developed. It's been a while since I've had Korean BBQ and I always remember coming out smelling like a BBQ. There's no exhaust hoods over these coal hot plates so I feared the worst but was surprised with how little I smelt like a BBQ.
The service was very polite and friendly and started off our BBQ dishes by placing them on the hot plate. Although we weren't quite sure what to do once it was on the BBQ and whether we were supposed to look after it or if they were coming back. So it was a little confusing as to who was responsible for what. I'm used to the all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ where you randomly pick your stuff and go back to the table and BBQ it yourself to your liking. We obviously needed some guidance being newbies.
All the ingredients seemed very fresh and they replaced the hot plate with a clean one between BBQ dishes which was good — perhaps this minimises the smokiness. I'd be happy to eat most of the dishes again but would probably concentrate more on the BBQ menu dishes on a revisit. Keep in mind if your a hungry hippo then you'd possibly get better value for money at an all-you-can-eat Korean restaurant but the quality and service might not be as good.
Savoury seafood and shallot pancake $15
Pan fried tofu $10 (3 pieces)
Bulgogi - Marinated thin slices of beef $15
Thick strips of pork belly $14
Prawns $16. I attempted to BBQ the prawn legs like they do at teppanyaki to make a sort of crispy prawn chip. This dish can be messy because you have to peel the prawn shells after cooking.
Seafood wheat flour noodle soup $12. I sampled a bit but didn't really enjoy this one.
Korean side dishes and salads which come with BBQ Menu
Steamed rice $2.50
Side dish spices. I didn't quite know how to use these and whether we were supposed to cook with them on the BBQ.
Hot coals under the BBQ hot plate
Spoon and chopsticks
Plasma TV showing Korean show
So many dishes to fill your table space leaves no room for your arms
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