Palsaik BBQ Korean Restaurant, a sister restaurant to ChangGo, is a popular Korean restaurant located on Chinatown between Russell Street and Exhibition Street. It is highly accessible – within the Melbourne city center – and operates seven days a week. It’s famous for its Korean BBQ, especially the eight flavors of pork belly, and is a safe bet especially if you’re unsure of where to go. Walk up a flight of stairs when you reach the building, and you don’t usually have to wait for a long time to get seated, especially if you get there early. For those who love pork belly, make sure to try out Palsaik!
– General Review –
- Service: 7/10
Service was quite ambiguous, sometimes staff were friendly and prompt, other times not as much. The restaurant only accepts cash, so make sure you bring quite a lot with you just in case. You also can’t make reservations beforehand, so come earlier to ensure that you get a seat, since the restaurant gets especially crowded during the weekends at around 7.30pm to 8pm.
- Servicescape: 7/10
Located on Chinatown, Palsaik is easily accessible and the restaurant can accommodate a lot of customers at once. There are plenty of tables, but also spacious, so that it doesn’t feel too cramped or stuffy, and is ideal for both small and large groups. The restaurant is dim, and surfaces can get dirty and greasy especially when the place is crowded, but the atmosphere is great and comfortable.
- Non-smoking area: Seats are all indoors.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes, but limited choices available.
- Price range: $$ (AU$15 – $25 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8.4/10
– Food Experience –
1) Palsaik Set:
The Palsaik Set is undoubtedly the most famous dish that the restaurant offers. It consisted of eight different flavors of pork belly, and also included seafood soybean paste stew, two bowls of steamed rice, and an assortment of vegetables for you to enjoy with the pork belly. The set is ideal for two to three people, depending on how much you eat, but definitely a must-try in Palsaik! Nonetheless, I think the quality of the pork belly also varies every time I’m here and they sometimes taste better or worse. Although the staff are supposed cook the meat for you, make sure to tend to it yourself in case they’re too busy.
2) Ox Tongue:
I really liked how chewy and fresh the Ox Tongue was, but I thought the portion wasn’t big enough.
3) Kimchi Pajeon:
Another dish that I’ll always order when I come to Palsaik, the kimchi pancake is thin, crispy, and ideal to share among a small to medium group. It would’ve served as a great appetizer, but it typically takes awhile to prepare, so the other dishes have usually been served by then.
4) Raspberry Rice Wine:
Sweet and a bit syrup-y, the raspberry-flavored rice wine didn’t taste like it had a drop of alcohol in it, and it’s perfect to share between a small group of people. Although I know some who didn’t really like it for its sweet and slightly syrup-like taste, I’m more into sweet-tasting alcohol so I didn’t mind.
Contact number: +61 3 9654 7835
Operating hours: Sun – Thurs: 5.30pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 5.30pm – 12am
Posted by: V