Forget the deep south, turns out Korea is the king of the grill.
Have you ever wanted to sensory experience of authentic Korean cuisine? Look no further, your prayers have been answered. Geelong’s first genuine (and #1) Korean barbecue restaurant Leega Korean BBQ is here to fulfil all your cravings.
Located on Gheringhap Street since May 2017, Leega has established itself as one of the most recommended restaurants in Geelong, and when you go, you’ll understand why.
Upon first look, you’ll quickly realise it’s all about the theatre of Korean barbecue. Here, each table has their own charcoal grill and extractor fans, so you can eagerly watch your dinner sizzle before it lands piping hot on your plate.
If you’ve never been to a Korean BBQ before, the aim of the game is to pick a staple – so BBQ beef, pork, duck and/or chicken and with it comes four delicious sauces, and a range of side dishes (think pickled radish, kimchi, coleslaw, fishcakes) to help you create the very best meal. There’s even a vegetable platter for the vegetarians so no one misses out on the DIY Korean experience.
The best part (besides being the grill master of your own meat destiny) is Korean barbecue, at its core, is a communal dining experience and the team at Leega makes sure groups are well catered for with their barbecue sets.
The Beef Banquet set is enough to comfortably feed four moderately hungry meat eaters with a mix of Kalbi, Wagyu Brisket, Beef bulgogi, along with three choices of sharing dishes. If you’re a fan of pork, we recommend you try the Port Party set for four, which comes with Pork Belly, Pork Jowl, Pork bulgogi, as well as three sharing dishes of your choice. Sounds pretty good hey? If you’re feeling brave, there’s also the Leega Special which feeds six (or four very hungry eaters). This option gets you a whole range of meats that will have you bursting at the seams.
If you feel like fully immersing yourself in this cuisine, we recommend you try Soju. Never heard of it? This spirit is the best-selling liquor in the world and is serious business in South Korea. Soju’s uncomplicated nature provides an ideal counterpart to Korean food, whether it’s to tone down a fiery mouthful of the spicy onion pancake or balance the fatty, savory juiciness of grilled pork belly. Heads up, it’s pretty strong so maybe stick to sipping.
They’ve also got some pretty tasty lunch specials on offer for a cheeky $10! You’ll find Sashimi bibimbap, a fried chicken platter, Kimchi fried rice, or even some spicy calamari on rice which are ideal options if you’re in a rush and don’t have the time to be grilling up your own meats!
Who can resist the multiple sensory pleasures you can experience from Korean barbecue? A combination of spicy salty flavours, mixed with the different textures and temperatures, and the hand-on fun of creating your own meal to top it off, this is a sensory experience that we highly recommend you give a go.
Leega Korean BBQ is located at 37 Gheringhap Street in Geelong. Phone 03 4222 7816 or visit www.leega.com.au