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With huge influx of international students each year taking advantage of some of the region’s best education system, Melbourne CBD is a place that is heavily influenced by what these students demand. When it comes to food, you can find almost as many Japanese, Korean, and Chinese food as you can with Western/Australian establishments.

Oriental Spoon Korean Cuisine at Melbourne
Oriental Spoon, Korean Cuisine

Oriental Spoon, located just right across Melbourne Central on La Trobe, is one such places. Though labeled Korean Cuisine, like many Asian restaurants around the city, this place has assimilated to the demands of Australian and Asian alike.

What you get is not exactly authentic Korean food, the portions are huge, the kimchi less strong tasting, lesser variety of banchan, and generally tastes that are more “mainstream”. This isn’t something you’ll ever find in Korea, or even the little Korea in Ampang.

banchan, beef casserole, spicy pork bulgogi
banchan, beef casserole, spicy pork bulgogi

While the purists might argue that it is a waste of time visiting a place that served heavily localized (some might even go to the extend of using the word bastardized) food, I prefer to leave the verdict after tasting the food. If Mellissa and friends like this place, it should mean something.

Even though it was a weekday night, Oriental Spoon was already packed when we got there. Customers consist of probably 60% Asian at this place. We waited for some 15 minutes before securing a table.

Korean food at Oriental Spoon, Melbourne
a big pot of boiling beef casserole, best for winter weather

Like most Korean restaurants, they offer a variety of grilled meats such as a few choices of beef, pork belly, and even seafood. There’s also your standard bulgogi, kimchi soup, bibimbap (mixed meal) and so forth.

Even though there was only two of us, we ordered a beef casserole ($30+) and a spicy pork bulgogi ($18 or so) to go with some steamed rice.

There were four types of banchan served, and seriously speaking, none of them worth a mention. The kimchi was especially disappointing.

beef casserole and pork bulgogi
best served with Korean steamed rice

The spicy pork bulgogi though, was absolutely marvelous. Generous portion of fatty stripes of pork soaked in spicy oil with some sesame, onion, and other seasoning makes the dish very rich and succulent but also come with a kick. It was very sinful yet irresistible. The pork went very well with rice.

The beef casserole is a rather huge pot of raw beef, mushroom, vegetable, glass noodle, and other ingredients stewed in a broth right on the table. The soup gets better and better with time and at the tail end of the dinner we had a very sweet and rather tasty broth to go with plenty of beef. It was very good, but it was also a bit too much especially for only 2 person.

Map to Oriental Spoon
Oriental Spoon is located right across Melbourne Central

We ended up having to bag some of the leftovers despite getting ourselves stuffed silly. It was a good meal and decently priced too. However, I think this place is best for a group of 4 and above.

Oriental Spoon is also not for you if you’re interested in really authentic Korean food, but if you want something different but yet still within most people’s comfort zone. This place is worth visiting.

Address:
Oriental Spoon
254 La Trobe St,
Melbourne VIC 3000,
Australia

GPS: -37.810017,144.961467
Tel: 03-9654 9930

Discuss : Australian Korean Food at Oriental Spoon, Melbourne CBD

  1. *hungry….especially i am yet to have my lunch… =( and now you make me crave for korean food!! arrrgghhh!….. =p

  2. The pork bulgogi is so good! :D That’s how they do it in Korean restaurants everywhere here, but I haven’t seen it much in Malaysia – normally just the beef version.

  3. Crystal,
    Eat only! Eat! :P

    Mellissa,
    Yah, very different but still very nice. :D

  4. Hmm…I haven’t had a lot of Korean food in Melbourne – just a couple of times. My favorite Asian cuisine has always been Vietnamese broken rice over there, plus of course Chinese when I feel like it.
    This looks like a very decent place though. Nice! :)

  5. Huai Bin,
    Yah, this is just a lot of food though, too much!

  6. Most ‘foreign’ foods are localized in some way as the populous can’t handle the strong flavours.

    Better to call it watered down rather than bastardized haha.

  7. You’re right in saying the food at oriental spoons isn’t authentic. Food at other places such as Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ and Toodouri are so much better and are definitely Korean.

  8. everything also like not very original

  9. ShaolinTiger,
    Yah, that is true. Hahah I guess watered down is a better word :P

    Cruxie Faye,
    Well I suppose those will be better suited for those keen in authentic Korean food, but for others, there’s always places like Oriental Spoon. ;)

    Myhorng,
    Hahah that’s what I said. :P

  10. Mellissa, KY,
    Oh Singapore also has the pork bulgogi in most Korean restaurants, together with chicken, beef and saba fish meal sets. I always choose the pork bulgogi because it is the safest and most delicious. Boy, the beef casserole pot sure looks huge!

  11. Wow, the spicy pork bulgogi looks really good. Do they serve it here in KL?

  12. everything looks good! Is the korean rice starchy?

  13. STUMPO,
    Ooo interesting, thanks.

    JD,
    So far I haven’t seen it here.

    eiling,
    The rice is as what you would expect from any Korean restaurants ;)

  14. i know Korean rice very nice one! like crystalize rubber~ xD

  15. Tey Cindy,
    Korean food is one of your favorites right? :D

  16. I was searching on the web good Korean restaurants in Australia that serves Dolsot Bibimbap. Thanks for the tip. I will be in Australia enjoying Korean food in less than a week. I’m super excited.

  17. Dolsot Bibimbap,
    You’re welcome. :D

  18. Lee Yunhee

    I am Korean. :)
    I’m so happy to see bulgogi here.
    Have a nice day :-)

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