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There is a wide gap between fine dining and a barbecue. But Hanok is doing something to bridge it—providing Canberrans with a chance to enjoy “fine barbecue”.
This month, the upmarket Korean eatery opened its doors in Westfield Woden’s bustling Bradley Street dining precinct.
Hanok Fine BBQ first arrived in Dickson in 2019, and its popularity is clearly growing.
Woden owner Luke Hu said the dining experience is different to other Korean barbecue outlets as Hanok uses charcoal burners and premium wagyu beef sourced from Queensland.
It’s a fun way to explore flavour as diners are given the option of cooking their food themselves at the small charcoal grill stations located in their tables. And for those who don’t rate their own culinary skills highly, trained staff are always on hand, keeping an eye on proceedings and ready to step in and take over if the diner wanted.
“We are ready to help if anyone needs,” says Luke
The other difference Hanok presents is that it has a 10-year trained Korean chef who handles all the meat preparation and cutting.
“It is very important in Korean barbecue that the wagyu is sliced very thin across the fibres to enhance the flavour and experience,” Luke said.
Diners can purchase specific servings of meat and then cook it to their liking. The charcoal grill imparts a particular flavour to the meat “that you can’t get if you are cooking it on gas,” said Luke.
“It really makes a huge difference.”
Then it is a matter of choosing which sauces and accompaniments you wish to enjoy your sizzling protein with.
And if things get a little hot at the table, large drop-down exhaust fans will ensure any smoke is removed from the large restaurant, keeping things pleasant for all diners.
Hanok was due to open mid-last year, but like so many local businesses, was delayed by COVID.
Luke said it was exciting to finally put the finishing touches on the fit-out which goes for a modern Korean carved wood and luxe leather banquet seating.
And for those who love Korean flavours without the barbecued meat part, the menu at Hanok has plenty of non-wagyu options. These include seafood, chicken and vegetables.
The menu also offers a variety of chef-made dishes to order and share if you don’t feel like cooking at all!
What: Hanok Korean Fine BBQ
Where: Bradley Street Dining precinct, Westfield Woden
When: Open 7 days, lunch 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner 5-9pm