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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Wagyu House Korean BBQ, Croydon

Wagyu beef tray

Wagyu. If you ever needed proof that fat is your friend, this is it. All those marbled ribbons of fat render down and flood each piece of meat with mouth-dripping decadence. Sink your teeth into wagyu and be met with one of life's greatest thrills. Soft and supple. Yielding tenderness. Incredible juiciness. It's an eye-closing moment every time.

Self-serve butcher
Self-serve butchery area

It was Suze's post that brought friends and I to Wagyu House in Croydon. Meet-ups these days often involve kids and this place was reasonably kid-friendly. They have high chairs, enough space between tables and a much welcomed bonus of on-site parking.

Wagyu family tray
Wagyu beef family-sized tray $250
Angus combination (at front) $69 

Wagyu House is a butcher and restaurant all in one. You enter into a self-serve butchery where you can choose trays of sliced meats and raw seafood. The wagyu beef trays are the most tempting, varying in size and marbling to a peak price of $250. We went with a $125 pack.

Marinated pork and chicken
Pork, chicken and beef marinated in chilli or teriyaki $7/kg

There are bowls of sliced pork, chicken and beef marinated in chilli sauce or teriyaki. We also spy portions of sliced tongue, octopus, prawns and scallops.

Mushroom and corn
King brown mushrooms, enoki and corn packs $10 each

There are even vegetables ready for the grill - we picked up the corn, enoki and king brown mushroom pack for $10.

Paying for our wagyu beef, pork and vegetables
Paying for our meats and vegetables before dining

Once you've chosen your meats, you pay at the register. You can either take the meats home or you can pay $5 per person to dine on-site, which includes use of the charcoal barbecue and panchan side dishes. $5 to have someone else do the washing up? Easy decision!

Balcony dining area at Wagyu House, Croydon
Balcony dining area

There are two dining areas. We went with the smaller balcony dining area off to the side of the butchery, but they also have a much larger room across the driveway, next to the carpark. It's bright and airy here, and the overhead exhausts remove most of the smoke before it has a chance to infiltrate your clothes (or hair!).

Fresh charcoal
Fresh charcoal delivered to the grill

White hot charcoal is delivered to your grill by serious young men. Service can be a little absent-minded - we had to ask to order drinks several times before they got the message and later on, they didn't even ask if we wanted dessert which seemed a shame.

Banchan side dishes included as part of the $5 dining fee

But we can't complain about the variety of banchan we get for our $5 dine-in fee. It's a rainbow of various pickled vegetables, kimchee and sweet glazed potatoes. We also score three different dipping sauces for our meat.

Wagyu beef on the charcoal grill
Wagyu meats on the grill

The charcoal is hot enough to get your meats sizzling in no time. Keep the kid away and if you end up having to cook for everyone, make sure you sneak in a few extra "chef's treats" too.

We whiled away several happy hours topping up our iron levels. The wagyu was our favourite by far, but the fatty strips of pork belly weren't far behind. Let's admit it. It was all tasty.

Wagyu House Korean BBQ Croydon

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Wagyu House Korean BBQ
668 Parramatta Road, Croydon, Sydney
Tel; +61 (02) 9797 9999

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 5pm - 10pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 12pm - 10pm

Onsite parking (enter from Parramatta Road)

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Korean BBQ - Madang, Sydney
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Japanese BBQ - Suminoya, Sydney

20 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/08/2013 07:14:00 pm


  • At 12/08/2013 9:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    such a great idea, having a butcher and bbq restaurant in one place can't believe it has only popped up now. And that marbling mmmm

  • At 12/08/2013 9:54 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    i loveeeeee fresh meat from the butcher for kbbq! it is the best way to have it. I loved it so much I even went to buy my own korean bbq set *adds to the tally* but we all know that is a totally new conversation hehehe

  • At 12/08/2013 9:54 pm, Anonymous john | heneedsfood said…

    I don't mind a bit of DIY action when it comes to char-grilled meats. Looks great. Pity about the ditsy staff. At least they didn't get in the way by constantly turning the meat for you. That happened to me at a place in Newtown. I was about to thump the silly boy!

  • At 12/08/2013 10:53 pm, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    mmmmm meeeeeeeeat

  • At 12/08/2013 11:43 pm, Blogger Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said…

    I LOVE KOREAN BBQ! Especially with wagyu beef - those ribbons of fat were delicious :D

  • At 12/09/2013 1:52 am, Anonymous ChopinandMysaucepan said…

    Dear Helen,

    $5 is a steal with all that banchan let alone charcoal grill and not having to wash up! I recently discovered Tosung Firewood BBQ which incidentally is a few blocks away from this joint.

  • At 12/09/2013 8:51 am, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    Errmahgerd that's a lot of banchan! lol So much meat! Love it :)

  • At 12/09/2013 9:24 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    This is a really popular spot, not too far from our home. I remember being spoilt for choice too. Seeing the variety on offer and the (prices) it confirms my thoughts, that it's definitely better to go in a large group. Would be much more affordable and allow for variety. Really loved those mushrooms and sides on offer, for me that's what really makes it Korean BBQ

  • At 12/09/2013 9:45 am, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Personally, I think peanut butter and cheesecake are better proofs of fat beign your friend, but each to their own.

    Also, $5 for washing up AND all that banchan? YES.

  • At 12/09/2013 12:11 pm, Blogger Felicia @ Next Stop: Food said…

    mmm~~~ kbbq is always a good place to catch up!!
    Good food cooking whilst talking and catching up...
    however, it's such torture when hungry! haha!
    i've always wanted to try this place too!! so .. more the reason to go! XD

    - Cassie

  • At 12/09/2013 1:23 pm, Anonymous thesuzchef said…

    Korean BBQ is always so much fun! Love it, but don't love the BBQ smell that lingers in my hair for long afterwards. I drive past this place all the time, need to go try it out!

  • At 12/09/2013 4:24 pm, Anonymous Ando @ The Lamstock said…

    Now I know where I can go to get some great wagyu slices and marinated cuts :) Yum!

  • At 12/09/2013 6:22 pm, Blogger CQUEK said…

    I love BBQ especially Korean style, I love to dip the sauce n love to have all the side dish. Yummy!

  • At 12/10/2013 1:49 pm, Anonymous Amanda @ Gourmanda said…

    $5 for the banchan and washing up is completely worth it! Pity about the absent-minded service, but it seems like it was worth it anyway.

  • At 12/10/2013 1:50 pm, Anonymous Katherine said…

    I always drive past this place and never really thought of going till now. I do love MEAT. I will have to check it out.

  • At 12/10/2013 9:16 pm, Anonymous Iron Chef Shellie said…

    So awesome, love it!
    Oh and I need more Korean BBQ in my life!

  • At 12/11/2013 11:19 am, Blogger Milktea Eats said…

    ive driven past this many times but havent tried it yet, shall try it out soon!

  • At 12/14/2013 9:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm vegie but the Hungry Dad would LOVE this.

  • At 12/17/2013 10:58 pm, Blogger MAB vs Food said…

    I've always wondered what this place is like since I always drive past it hehe

  • At 12/18/2013 10:49 pm, Anonymous Trent @ Food Assault said…

    Looooove Korean BBQ and just went to Jonga Jip in Eastwood last Sunday.

    We're going to have to gve this a go too. Interesting setup however understandable as they're a butcher also.


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