Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant

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15 reviews
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$41 to $100
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  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Authentic
Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ is a place where one can fully enjoy that authentic Korean taste. Located in the CBD the restaurant is always full, even on the weekdays, as the smell of the BBQ floats down from the terrance stopping people in their tracks.

Just like mother used to make
Taste is something Hwaro is particular about. Taste is what owner and chef Eunsook Kim is mostly concerned with. Her dignified and somber character, reminds many people of their own mothers.

Kim herself is essential to Hwaro. The preparations for all the meat and sauce available at Hwaro are handled by Kim alone. This includes supervision of the slicing of the Karubi (boneless short ribs), and preparation of the 23 different ingredients* needed for the hot pepper Sangyu Pusaru seasoning. Nearly all of the seasonings lined up on the tables are Kim's own creations.
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Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great evening. We had tried to eat there previously but because it's so popular we didn't get in. Book your table because it's worth it.

1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Meat is fresh and soft. However, sides are limited and need to pay for top up. Overall, food is good and worth it.

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Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, the staff was attentive and even cooked the meat for us. Food quality was superb. Highly recommend.

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Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

I understand you have sitting times and need to turn over tables, then you make sure offering efficient service to do that. Service was way too slow so we had to wait for long time for our drinks, charcoal and our food. Everything just took way too long to hit the table and the staff wanted to push us our cause of out by time. If your service was not that slow we wouldn’t have to rush to finish our meal and enjoy it more. Very poor form of service and not worth for what they’re changing.

Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for delicious Korean BBQ, but don't expect to be able to order some usual dishes you find at other places such as ddeokbokki and chapchae for sides. Limited seafood options for the BBQ, bit the meats were delicious! Pricing is at the upper end so prepare to spend a bit more to get full.

1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service, table next to us were super loud so sort of affected the ambiance for us, but not the restaurants fault. Great quality meat and quick service

Melbourne / VIC
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Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Cut of meat was nice but price tends to be a little steep. I’d say it’s not truly authentic but still a pleasant dining experience.

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Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantasic place very friendly staff. Highly recommend you to eat there at least once in your life. Already planning my next visit

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Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely food and good service. Serving sizes left a bit to be desired.

1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Been going for 5 years and as always the food is amazing. Just in the last couple of years the staff is burning all the good of this restaurant. Asked for a drink 6 times and never got it, they never give you water, and sorry guys if I’m not a Korean food expert but probably your staff should help and guide customers to understand what they after.
Express my frustration to 3 different people and yes that’s ok sorry. Not that I was looking for a discount but I was expecting a bit more care.
It’s funny that they write on the menu “raw” be careful cause that means you can’t cook the meat! And the explanation was, see there is written raw! Ok I’m blonde and maybe stupid but guys is a charcoal bbq meat place all the bloody meat is raw!!!!!!

1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

On a cold winter's night we were happy to be "out the back" ... as the door was open. Even with several hot coal pots going it still would not have warmed this warehouse space. The pancake starters not good. Lacked taste and substance. Spiced pork a highlight.

1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food - best Korean I have ever had in Australia.

1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very attentive service. The ox tongue was delicious.

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Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant and atmosphere. Noisy and more expensive than i had anticipated, but a great night out.

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Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good atmosphere however this restaurant is way overpriced for the serving sizes you get.