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Zen Charcoal BBQ

8.2/10
47
306 Toorak Road, 3141 South Yarra (VIC)See map

Average price $45

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  • Average price $45
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  • American express Welcome
Ddukbokki
$18
Spicy rice cake, cabbage & sweet potato noodle cooked in spicy chilli sauce
Tofu bibimbab
$18
Steamed rice w assorted vegies, raw egg yalk & a topping of tofu. Served in hot stone pot (mild or spicy sauce)
See à la carte and set menus

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Ratings & Reviews

Very good

8.2/10
based on 47 reviews
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Quality of food :8.7/10
Service :7.5/10
Setting :8/10
  1. Mikey G.
    Mikey G.
    • 11 reviews
    10/10

    Delicious food! Great quality. Good service.

  2. Ross S.
    Ross S.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Service was good and the food was actually pretty good. Go for the BBQ, steak is great and its a nice experience. BYO on a Saturday night is a nice option.

  3. Nicholas D.
    Nicholas D.
    • one review
    10/10

    We went for my son's 13th birthday (his choice for venue, found from internet) and the food and service was amazing. It was significantly better than our usual Korean BBQ places in the CBD and East Richmond, which was surprising and welcome.

  4. Michael H.
    Michael H.
    • 63 reviews
    8/10

    Good food.

  5. Safu M.
    Safu M.
    • 2 reviews
    5/10

    The food was good. However the service was non-existent. It took 40min to get a drink and the waitresses seemed very lost and overwhelmed. We were seated outside in the cold and there were no heaters. The table and chairs outside were filthy. In between drinks, it took at least 20min after ordering to get the next round of drinks. The orders were mixed up and there were more than 30 people inside the restaurant with no online check-in for COVID safety. Sadly none of the customers wore their masks when leaving their tables to use the bathroom/toilet. It’s really unheard of for an establishment with this poor level of service to be operating from the South Yarra/Toorak area. I’m not sure how the online ratings were that good - based on those ratings is why I booked this restaurant.

  6. Pak Guan James W.
    Pak Guan James W.
    • one review
    9/10

    Amazing food. Authentic options. Quick service. Barbeque done right. Though known as korean BBQ food, their ala carte menu has a huge variety of authentic korean dishes

  7. Norraine G.
    Norraine G.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    Great food but a little slow on service as it was New Year’s Eve

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 252 reviews
    7.75/10

    Love the food. Love the byo. But the service lets it down for me.

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 272 reviews
    7.75/10

    We have been several times and it we have not been disappointed. The food is exceptional when cooked on the bbq at the table. And the staff are ready for any request.

  10. Ron M.
    Ron M.
    • one review
    4.25/10

    The food was ok the waitress had trouble understanding gluten free until the chef told here there was gluten free menu. service was terrible would not go back.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 251 reviews
    7.5/10

    Always wanted to try a korean bbq and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious. We loved the beef ribs especially that we had to order another serve of them. The staff were very obliging when asked for more condiments and salad to go with the beef. Extremely happy and will definitely be back.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews
    8.75/10

    Hi visited Zen Charcoal BBQ yesterday night. Not so many people at that time but I like the restaurant. The seat is comfortable. The BiBimBap is amazing with the brown rice. The rice pancake was quite thin but I love its taste. Last but not least, the BBQ eye fillet beef on Charcoal was awesome.

  13. Desiree T.
    Desiree T.
    • 7 reviews
    8.5/10

    Went here for date night and we both enjoyed ourselves as the service and food were both great. My only "negative" comment would be that the whole fun of Korean BBQ is that you get to cook everything yourselves, which we didn't get to do..not sure if you're supposed to ask beforehand or if it's a safety thing with the restaurant. Other than that everything was great!

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 278 reviews
    9/10

    Staff are really helpful in grilling your meats for you. You can tell that they work hard during their shifts!

  15. Sharon E.
    Sharon E.
    • 4 reviews
    8.5/10

    My sons girlfriend is Korean and said it was wonderful, it was a rally good introduction to authentic Korean food.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews
    8/10

    Great restaurant

  17. Nicole T.
    Nicole T.
    • 3 reviews
    8.25/10

    My partner and I have been to Zen many times, this time around we were really happy with the value/food and service. The deep fried Korean Chicken has always been one of my faves! It's nice to see that the portion sizes have increased! Not to mention how fresh the salmon and tuna sashimi was - very happy! Can never go wrong with the KBBQ at Zen! Loved it!

  18. Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie Y.
    • 29 reviews
    7.5/10

    A neighbourhood gem.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    10/10

    Really nice food

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 289 reviews
    8/10

    Great good with great company

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How to get to the restaurant

306 Toorak Road, 3141, South Yarra (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne South East, South Yarra

About the restaurant

Top Toorak tipple

Zen Charcoal BBQ is one of the most renowned restaurants in Toorak, boasting a traditional Korean fine dining experience that is unique and exciting. With a modern interior, a superior menu and attentive waitstaff a meal here is bound to be a pleasant one. At dinner time come in and grab a few refreshing entrees before launching into the fully fledged BBQ menu. The braised beef spare ribs and the Tiger prawns are particularly tasty! They’ve also got meals that have been especially designed for two like the BBQ combo with eye fillet, marinated beef ribs, wagyu and scotch fillet - it’s a carnivore’s dream. Save room for the coconut panna cotta which is guaranteed to be a sweet finish to a sweet as meal!

Best dish: gochujang pork belly.

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