All you can eat. Ah, the magic words. Unfortunately, most of us know that quantity does not equal quality. Still, buffets are convenient and generally good value. The Korean BBQ Shinara Grill & Lounge is no exception.
As some other establishments, these guys are serious about their rules. They don’t want to have customers taking food that they won’t eat, and that’s fair enough.
We were there for a Paleo Meetup dinner. We’ve been to a few Korean BBQ restaurants, but this was our first buffet experience. It was great because everyone got to choose whatever suited their individual tastes and requirements. Kinda like eating in a food court but nicer.
Still, there were a lot of dishes that we wouldn’t eat, and while some of them are easily identifyable, it wouldn’t hurt to have signs explaining what they are. There were a few Western-style salads and vegetables. Also lots of Asian veggies, kimchi, and the like. The syrupy white sweet potatoes were awesome.
There were also lots of hot dishes.
But by far the most exciting part of Korean BBQ is the meat section. Of course for the price ($21 per head) I’m sure the quality is not the best, but the taste was good.
One great thing that some people don’t realise is that in Korean BBQ restaurants you always have the option of getting non-marinated meat if you’re concerned about the soy, gluten and/or chilli in the marinades.
The other great thing is that there’s always offal available. I got to eat some sweetbreads, which I love but have a hard time finding.
Marinated pork, octopus, sweetbreads
There were cooked mussels, too. Shellfish sitting in lukewarm water in an inexpensive all-you-can-eat restaurant. The logical side of my brain thought I’d better skip them but the side that is directly connected to my senses won. I just love mussels too much. Luckily, they were fine.
There were also a variety of sauces and seasonings available.
This is what my plates looked like (because we were a bunch of rookies when it comes to this type of restaurant we used the dinner plates for veggies and the bowls for the meats. I think the other way around is correct.)
For those who must end meals with a sweet note, there was fruit available next to the salads. I had certainly ate enough but still ended my meal with 2 more pieces of sweet potato.
Shinara Grill & Lounge
1/338-344 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9262 9218