New years eve, my friends and I were looking for somewhere nice to have dinner before parking at Sunnybank and heading to Southbank for fireworks. Having previously heard of Wara Barbecue 250, opened by the same people who opened Warawara Izakaya on Elizabeth Street.
We arrived at approximately 6pm to find several tables already grilling their meats happily. The buffet menu was separated into two options, being the just meat option and the meat and seafood option. Most of my companions for the day were not fans of seafood, so we settled for the meat option.
Unlike other Korean BBQ places where the grill is embedded into the table, at Wara Barbecue, they bring you a pot of hot coals and put a wire rack on top. There were two negatives to this, firstly the wire rack was at risk of constantly shifting, and secondly as it was only coal based, we had significant trouble getting the food cooked once the initial heat had died down.
There was quite a large selection of beef, including my usual favourite, bulgogi, oyster blade, beef belly, rib fillets and ox tongue. Normally I would have enjoyed it very much, as the meat was quite fresh, but due to the slow fire, it took a very long time to get the fire going, which dampened the whole experience very much.
Other than beef, they had a wide selection of pork we tried the marinated pork, pork belly as well as pork loin. There were also many spicy options which we did not investigate. Compared to others that I've had, it was very much more thick cut than other stores. Due to the slowness of the fire, we had to cut up the pork chops into long strips to ensure it was able to be cooked through.
Other than meats, they also had a selection of salad, cooked foods and shaved ice for dessert. The salad was refreshing and a good way to balance out the meats, but the cooked food was cold and tasted a bit stale but the shaved ice was a cool way to end the meal.
Price Range: $25 - $28 per person