Best authentic Korean food in Melbourne?

Hungry for Korean food…

but we’re talking REAL Korean food

Hot, spicy and leave the restaurant totally stinking of Kim Chi!

Regular writer, Vasily Skalova checked out Kimchi Grandma – eating and testing out the menu… is this Melbourne’s best Korean?

I love my Grandma, I really do. If there is one thing I’m certain of in this world, it’s that when I visit her she will ensure that I will not leave hungry.

Dinner at Kimchi Grandma is like coming home to a wholesome meal with family. The restaurant is open, there aren’t any unnecessarily pillars or corners and no mazes to navigate through to find my table. It’s a minimalist dining setting but ever so convenient for me to get the waiters attention. I love it. No smokescreen or mirrors.

Despite it’s low key dining area the dishes were not minimal.

The Teriyaki Chicken, Beef Spare Ribs, Spicy Calamari, Spicy Baby Octopus and Beef Cold Noodles, all packed plenty of punch. They were flavorsome and generous. Which was great for us because there were 5 teenage boys participating in this dinner. Grandma certainly didn’t disappoint.

But just like my Grandma who sometimes can get carried away with excitement, the fried chicken had all the makings of a great dish.  For instance, it was served on a bed of salad with fresh apples on the side to cut through the heaviness of a deep fried batter.

Unfortunately, on this occasion, it was slightly disappointing, the chicken had more crumbs than it did protein and it was ridiculously heavy and dry. Same could be said about the fried prawn balls we had, which were served in a similar way. But hey, it might have been a bad day for Grandmas fryer, right?


I appreciate the love and thought that went into this particular dish, unfortunately it was the poor execution that let Grandma down. But if Kimchi Grandma shares any of the perseverance that exists in the other Nonas and Nanas out there in Australian homes, it’s only a matter of time before the deep fried menu items achieve the same standard as the more traditional Korean dishes available.

Kimchi Grandma isn’t revolutionary, but it is generous, it is tasty and you certainly won’t leave on an empty stomach. So next time the entire family is in Melbourne and you’re feeling Korean, I would highly recommend visiting Grandma and being wrapped in her love.

Have you been to KimChi Grandma?

We did… here are REAL photos from a REAL eater







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