Bi Won Korean BBQ
Discovering out of the way places like Bi Won are the reason we do this site. We happened to be on the Shore and had no idea where to go so took our chances on Link Drive. Luckily we stumbled across a lively and very full Korean BBQ restaurant, especially for Sunday night.
Bi Won has lovely, clean, modern decor. Always a bonus to get nice food in a pleasant setting on a cheap eat! We were slightly apprehensive as it had been some time since we had been to a Korean BBQ and had forgotten what to do.
Fortunately our waitress spoke fabulous English and guided us through the process. She was very friendly and was happy to answer any questions we had.
Basically you choose a type of meat and it will come out raw with a raft of side dishes to accompany. They light the BBQ in the middle of your table and you cook from there. We chose one marinated meat and one non. The boneless Galbi ( marinated beef) was on special but the usual price was $20 as was the Che dol bak yi (marbled beef). Both were outstanding. There was a pork option too.
The Galbi had that traditional Korean soy/sweet flavour and was tender and perfect with its dipping sauce, but the absolute winner on the night was the marbled beef. It was wafer thin and cooked in seconds but it was the sauce you sink it into before consuming that made it. Sesame-oil based with lots of cracked pepper and coarse salt, it was sublime when combined with the bbq meat. Big distinct sesame and salt flavour – we would go back for this dish alone.
The sides were generous and plentiful and refilled free of charge. There was Kimchi, chilli-flavoured fried bean sprouts, blanched mixed vegetables, fish cakes cut into strips, seaweed, lightly-pickled daikon (a perfect sweet sour complement to the salt of the meat) and shitake mushrooms. We enjoyed them all and did go back for seconds on some.
If you don’t feel like BBQ there are a series of noodles, soups, stews and deep frieds that all sit around the $10 -$13 mark. These all looked delicious as well.
Bi Won is BYO and has a small selection of beer and soft drinks as well as Korean spirits. We had a great time and could only imagine how much fun it would be with a big group. Don’t miss this one. We will be finding an excuse to go back as soon as possible.