With the cold, foggy and rainy winter that we've been having lately, there's nothing better than to warm up with some Spicy Korean BBQ. Having driven through Kessels Road on the way to Garden City, Shik Gaek's big KBBQ sign definitely caught my eye. Adding it to my list, I had meant to eventually try it out sometime in the next two months. Luckily for me, the perfect opportunity came last week, and we went to try it out on Saturday night.
The restaurant itself is divided into two sections, an internal area for non bbq meals, and an external area for bbq meals. Of course we were seated outside, which was quite cold.
The menu was provided, and to get ourselves started we made our pick pretty quickly out of the Korean Charcoal BBQ set meals, despite the temptation of stir fries, share plates and hot pots.
After ordering, charcoal was soon added to our table, and we were able to warm ourselves around it.
Sides were also served, and in Brisbane, this was one of the biggest selection of sides I had received in one meal. My picks for the night were the spicy tofu, kimchi and seaweed salad, which were all very tasty. Refills of course, were complimentary.
We were each given bowls of Korean salad, to cool down the burning hot meats. They were lightly dressed with a vinegarette, which was quite refreshing against the grilled meat. In addition to this, there was a little added zing in the salad from some extra wasabi which was added to each bowl, which really set it apart from other salads I had tried before.
Before long, the rest of our set dinner arrived.
Our meal included some marinated pork, pork belly as well as beef short rib in addition to some mushrooms. We found the cuts of meat to be quite high quality, and although they couldn't be described as not fatty, there wasn't an excessive amount of fat, and it was well distributed throughout the cuts. What really impressed us though, was the marinate for the short ribs and the pork, which had a delicious sweet soy seasoning to it, in addition to the great texture.
Like most authentic Korean places, they gave us some lettuce leaves, garlic, chili and miso to wrap up our meat, rather than bowls of rice. I found it to be a refreshing and lighter way to enjoy our delicious meats.
Our set was rounded off with a thick tofu miso soup. It was warm and hearty for a bean based soup, and definitely more substantial than the Japanese misos I've had at other restaurants. In each spoonful, I could taste the rough granules of soybean, which really filled us up that evening.
Price Range: $15 - $25pp