Monday, December 19, 2011

O Bal Tan Restaurant - Korean BBQ, Sydney

As much as I love some of my favourite restaurants, I'll be honest because sometimes I seriously just can't be bothered waiting in line. After 6 pm on a Friday and Saturday night, you will be guaranteed to be lining up outside for a table if you want to have dinner at Madang. Solution? Walk  5 meters to the right of Madang and you will find yourself a 3 level Korean BBQ restaurant, Obaltan where you will be seated and served within minutes. 

Left: Beef ribs without bones ($17.00)Top right: Marinated chicken with chilli sauce ($17.00)
Bottom right: Marinated pork ribs ($17.00)
O Bal Tan beats Madang on two aspects: 1. There is no queue and 2. They have much better ventilation. It still gets smoky inside but at least all the centre smoke gets sucked into those ventilation pipes. Taste wise, I would probably say that are some what similar but you can decide on that one.

Left: Ox tongue ($17.00), Right: Meat on the barbeque
Left: Complementary side dishes, Top right: Complementary pancake (best),
Bottom right: Stir-fried vegetable with potato noodles ($12.00)
Confession time: this is slightly embarrassing but for me, the highlight of the night was to find out that they serve kimchi pancake as a side dish, I was seriously amazed.  Korean pancakes are one of my favourite dishes and for it to be free plus unlimited is a double win right there. I was trying to culture some friends of mine that night and the only problem was that none of us could stop asking the waitor to refill those pancakes.

Pan-fried dumplings - $12.00
Spicy octopus, beef & vegetables with soup - $42.00
When the hotpot came, for a moment I felt that they must have thought I carnivorous because there was so much beef in that stew. I think there was more meat than there were noodles but in saying that, I am definitely not complaining. 

O Bal Tan Restaurant - Korean BBQ

 - 363A Pitt Street, Haymarket

Gotta go eat!!


  1. its crazy but i loooove potato noodles so much!

  2. I have read a few blogger reviews of Korean BBQ places recently. I am craving Korean BBQ!! One of my fave things is the comp side dishes, love them.

  3. Chocolate Suze - I know exactly what you mean! It just tastes so good and nothing can really substitute it.

    Belly Rumbles - Yes side dishes are always an extra bonus goodie which makes me love korean food so much more