Hong Kong is home to some awesome Korean restaurants, but if you're salivating for some sizzling beef strips and piping hot meats, marinated in spicy sweet sauce, you've come to the right place. We sample Korean barbecue joints to find the best in town...
The trendy, authentic Korean atmosphere of BBQ 7080 draws its inspiration from the 1970s, with cool storefront murals and Bruce Lee posters. The restaurant’s meat selections – which are imported straight from Jeju – includes a must-try sliced pork belly, which has a perfect ratio of fat to meat. Enjoy your meal with its signature drink, the soju cocktail. $600. 1/F, The Leader Commercial Bldg, 54-56 Hillwood Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2735 2099.
This all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant is a dream come true for carnivores. All the seats are aligned with a fitted tabletop grill that comes with a lever on the side, allowing you to easily adjust the heat. In terms of ingredients, they have all the classics, including spicy pork, mutton and marinated beef slices alongside appetising banchans (side dishes) which even include Korean sushi. If you're looking for a quick and affordable Korean barbecue fix, then look no further. $400. Various locations inc 1/F, Pearl City, 22-36 Paterson St, Causeway Bay, 3104 1482.
This restaurant is set to revolutionise Korean dining in the city. Jang is fully decked out with slick furniture and sophisticated counter seating. This place has done away with the usual tabletop grills, with the barbecuing left to the experts behind closed kitchen doors. The supreme quality of the Korean beef used shines through with the barbecue beef brisket ($218), which is highly recommended. 18/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 2412 0002;jangrestaurant.com.
Mr Korea BBQ
Transporting you to Korea, this casual eatery is as authentic as it gets. Mr Korea BBQ features simple round tables, fitted grills and smoke-suction vents to eliminate the meaty aromas that normally hang around your clothes after a bit of gogigui. Using only top quality meats, marinated wonderfully with an array of delicious Korean sauces, this place features winners such as the marinated short ribs and spicy pork belly, which sell faster than hot cakes. The service here is impeccable as well, which is always a plus. $500. 1/F, Surson Commercial Bldg, 140-142 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2907 6678.
Perched on the 18th floor of Lee Theatre Plaza, the décor at this place is simple, with fitted grills and plain white coverings on every table. However, the food is thankfully not so plain, with its speciality being the wang galbi – top grade short ribs marinated overnight with a special, homemade sweet soy-based sauce. When grilled, the finished product is a meat so tender and juicy that you won’t be able to wait for the next one to be cooked. The sharing concept, and the generous portions, make this a great place to host family gatherings. $800. Shop 4B, 4/F, Miramar Shopping Ctr, 132 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2375 2882;sorabol.com.hk.
This authentic TST Korean BBQ restaurant boasts a spectacular view overlooking the harbour. Grilled meat and one of the best skylines in the world – it doesn’t get much better than that! Choose from its set meals or à la carte menu, which both feature meats of the highest grade. Try the grilled beef short ribs that burst with a nice combo of sweet and salty flavours. This place also provides an unlimited supply of side dishes that is hard to say no to.$800. Shop 2702, 27/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369 1177;myungga.com.hk.