First published on 7 Apr 2011. Updated on 11 Apr 2011.
The closest thing you'll get to traditional Korean barbecue in the inner west. Head to the fairy-lit courtyard out the back, drink some Korean beers and do the ssam thing - bits of meat wrapped in lettuce leaves. The barbecues set in the tables are all coal-fuelled, which equals extra meaty flavour. 508 King St, Newtown 2042. (02 9519 1991).
Korean food is taking over the world – well, Pitt Street, at least. The service is outstanding at this laneway barbecue joint. The fried dumplings with rice vinegar are a must-order, as is the short rib. Come for the barbecue and stay for the kim chi pancake. 371A Pitt St, Sydney 2000. (02 9264 7010).
Se Jong BBQ Buffet
Campsie, or little Korea, is a land rich with fabric wholesalers and Korean restaurants. Aside from the grilled meats, pickles are king here. You'll get a huge range in individual bowls including kimchee and a dish of fish cake and tofu will leave you feeling virtuous from the inside out. Shop 1, 8 London St, Campsie 2194. (02 9787 7126).
Shinara is fantastic for a pre-show dinner if you're heading to the Metro or the Capitol. Set in the middle of each table is a large, sunken barbecue that gets mighty hot on your legs, so watch your knees, folks. Start with thin slices of pork rib (cut it all up with the scissors provided to speed up the cooking process) and beef tendon. 1/338-344 Pitt St, Sydney 2000. (02 9262 9218).
This large Korean barbecue spot is a winner, mainly for the karaoke bar upstairs, where you're given a score every time you sing a song, and the beers are only $4 a pop. There's a huge range of meats at BBQ city, and the beers never stop a'flowin. 116/120 Liverpool St, Sydney 2000. (02 9267 5155).