When it comes to feeding a whole hoard of hungry people, my three go-to options in Perth are Chinese, Bar Food or Korean Barbecue. I think there's definitely a lot of novelty in Korean barbecue because you're typically presented with these big platters of meats like a King but yet, you have to cook it all yourself! Barbecue is comfort food; picture getting off a plane in Seoul, it's in the midst of Winter one December, you're exhausted, there's snow on the street and you're faced with truly piercing winds. Despite this, I still found myself sitting at local Korean barbecue joint at 2 in the morning, digging into some amazing Pork Belly and house made Kimchi - it was warm, it was tasty and it was just what I needed! I think Korean Barbecue captivates the true spirit of sharing good food with good company; an attitude which is not only quintessentially Australian, but also screams comfort. One of my favourite Korean Barbecue places in Perth is Sinabro in Northbridge - where you can essentially have a backyard barbie with drinks, great mates and all the trimmings...but thankfully, somebody else will be doing the washing up for you! I think Sinabro's menu is unique and definitely offers up a lot more than just meat, which are just perfect for feeding your personal village.
The classic beginning to any night at Sinabro, is to crack open a few bottles of Soju and get the shots rolling. The chilled soju is definitely a great companion in the cold, as well as refreshing for the heat of the dishes to come. "Good Day" indeed it was on my most recent visit, where a majority of my University mates had finished up their exams. I was celebrating prematurely as I'm very sure that I was the only one of our cohort of 20 + people who was still in the midst of my exams! The drink menu is pretty extensive here and they offer a lot of authentic liquors like Plum Wine ($19), Ginseng Wine ($19) and Korean Sake ($12)
Korean Barbecue is probably one of the greatest Winter foods alive and especially at Sinabro. Even when you're sitting outside in the middle of July, you'll be kept warm by the charcoal burning from your hotplates. The service at Sinabro is pretty basic and I think that it's important to remember that every dining circumstance requires the right kind of expectations. Realistically, you can't expect 5 star fine dining service here - it's loud, it's full of people and it's busy! Do keep in mind that you have to be prepared to ask a few times for things like water refills and extra cutlery. But all in all, the staff are pretty good about setting up the barbecue and laying out all the essentials you need to dig in.
Depending on where you go, it's usually up to the individual restaurant's discretion of which types of Korean side dishes they serve. However, it is definitely standard to be served Kimchi, which is probably one of the best food inventions of all time! At Sinabro they also serve a mildly spiced potato salad, cold glass noodles, a green onion salad and your basic garden salad. You can definitely tuck in whilst you're waiting for the other dishes to arrive, or enjoy them in conjunction with your barbecued meats. Spooning kimchi over white rice is one of the most comforting things in the world for me and the combination is something that I find so tasty, that I even do it regularly at home!
Kimchi Bosam was one of the dishes to hit the table and I think it's definitely one of the tastiest. Do note that the kimchi provided in Kimchi Bosam differs to the kind that they provide in their side dishes and can be eaten in one mouthful with the thick slices of pork belly. I especially love the spicy sauces and spoon them quite excessively over each pork belly slice, as it's so delicious and definitely ideal for sharing.
As far as unique dishes go at Sinabro, you can't go past the King Cheese Egg Roll - it's a giant burrito shaped omelette stuffed with cheese and generously drizzled with mayonnaise and spicy sauce. Honestly, I'm wondering how they cook this massive thing? Giant omelette griddle? Human sized tanning bed? However and whatever they do, it works - this is THE dish to order at Sinabro!
The omelette is extremely well made too; slightly crisp on the outside, amazingly soft and oozing with cheese on the inside. We ended up getting three for the whole table, it is very popular and will definitely get snapped up fast by your fellow diners!
It's honestly no secret at all that I think the new and improved KFC really is "Korean Fried Chicken". The YamYum was my contribution to the ordering for the night and I was glad to see it so thoroughly enjoyed. The chicken is very tender and smothered completely in the slightly spicy, sweet sauce - one of my housemates brought this back home once and it tastes just as good cold and out of a takeaway box!
If you looked under "comfort" in the Foodictionary, along with Chicken and Waffles, Congee, Lasagne and Nachos...there would definitely be a bold mention of Kimchi Soup. It arrives at the table in a gorgeous cast iron bowl, fiery red and still bubbling. There is also a mixture of vegetables, tofu and glass noodles included. But best of all, I love dipping my spoon in and pouring it quite liberally over my rice - it's definitely a Korean Barbecue essential!
Sinabro have a variety of meats available for their Charcoal Barbecue Set, which includes a meat of your choice, rice and side dishes. The serving sizes are generous and the quality is definitely one of the freshest and most well prepared I've seen in Perth. Our favourites are definitely the Chilli Pork ($19), La Kalbi Beef ($19) and of course, my personal must-have is Ox Tongoue ($16). You can also order extra rice and side dishes for an extra $2.00 each.
Albeit Korean Barbecue may not be for the impatient and starving kind, but do tuck into side dishes and entrees whilst you wait! It's all worth while for this very delicious feast of meats. After the bill was tallied up at the end of the night, it ended up being around $25 a head including alcohol and an immense array of dishes, which is why I think Sinabro is perfect for dining in big groups. Be sure to make a booking and head on down, give the Cheese Omelette my love and enjoy one of the best restaurants for group dining in Perth!
Opening Hours: Daily, from 6pm till 10:00pm
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