If you are a devout reader of this blog, you may have guessed that I love BBQ. If not, I am stating that “I love BBQ!” The Korean version of BBQ used to be limited to one or two places in the past but currently there are many places now in Perth doing it. And not just in the usual food hubs such as Northbridge.
Hwa Ro is one of many in Northbridge and it’s a good one. Upon entering, you are greeted by Korean staff which is always a good sign. We were seated in a table with a large rectangular cavity with a downpipe hovering over it. The cavity is for a metal box containing rows of hot charcoal “tubes” and the down pipe is actually an exhaust fan.
We ordered and not before too long our chicken thigh and pork belly skewers arrived.
I believe chicken thighs is the best part of the chicken and likewise with pork belly being the best part of a pig to eat. There are renditions where this meat is marinated, but we chose the plain ones. Nothing beats grilled meat and with these pieces containing some fat, the combination of the char from the coals and thje rendering of the fat make these pieces delicious morsels. The skewers are also automatically rotated which ensures even cooking.
With the meal come complimentary salads and side dishes. Kimchi, jap chae (cellophane noodle) salad and pickled cucumber and cabbage are served with a variety of condiments. The condiments vary from peppery oil to a spicy sweet sauce. You don’t need marinated meats if you choose to use these condiments. The best thing is that all of these can be refilled by just asking your friendly waitstaff.
A favourited Korean dish of mine is the seafood pancake, so I had to order it.
This one was huge. The main seafood component was the squid and other than the its size, was not very impressive. Something to pass on unless you really love Korean pancake.
To round of the meat pyramid, we ordered some marbled beef.
The beef is quite fatty but that meant more flavour. The beef doesn’t come on a skewer so the meat is cooked on a hot plate over the coals. The beef was quite tasty and came with some carrot, pumpkin and onion, which was also cooked on the hot plate.
I really like Hwa Ro and with a much more extensive menu that what I have portrayed in this review, I know I will be back.