This Korean restaurant in West End is often overlooked by passerbyers. But I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’ve eaten at Hong Depot so many times, I feel like sharing it on my blog was long overdue!
Also little do many know of their lunch deal – free refills for bibimbap! Fantastic value at $9.80! The lunch deal is available every day, even weekends!
You have to finish your whole bowl before getting a refill. I never get the refill but my boyfriend takes advantage of it every time!
The free refill only applies to their “normal” bibimbap.
They have the more traditional “hot stone” bibimbap comes with an egg that you mix in but costs a little more at $11.80.
For both bibimbap options, you have a heap of options!
- Rice: white, black or a barley and white rice mix (which I highly recommend!).
- Meat/protein: pork, chicken, beef or tofu for the vegetarians.
- Sauce: kochu (hot chilli), ssam (fermented bean paste), or lemon soy sauce.
I always go for barley/white rice, pork with kochu sauce. Plus, you get a huge mound of zucchini, carrot, mushrooms and egg omelette strips! So not only is it pretty tasty but it feels healthy too!
It comes served with a generous serving of chilli sauce. Don’t get over-enthusiastic and pour the whole thing on top of your bibimbap to mix it if chilli isn’t your thing. It’s a fiery sauce. You’ve been warned..
Don’t forget your kimchi which is self-serve in the centre of the restaurant on the condiments table.
Most of their lunch options sit between $9.80 up to <$15.
And like many other Korean restaurants, they definitely do Korean BBQ. A little on the pricey side but I remember it being very good.
Order the rice balls! It was one of the more memorable things about the dinner. You actually get to make them! They’re a delicious mix of rice, radish, seaweed, sesame seeds and mayo. A waiter shows you what to do and leaves you to it. My rice balls weren’t as tightly packed nor as pretty. Totally unexpected when we ordered it and lots of fun!
Since the last time I’ve had Korean BBQ for dinner there (a year ago), they now have an all-you-can-eat BBQ option for $49.
The verdict: great spot for a quick, cheap, casual lunch smack bang in the middle of West End. They also have a rainy day discount of 10% off main meals if it rains at all that day! Most of the seating is for groups of two or four. Lunch is usually pretty quiet but much busier at night.
This restaurant wins the award for: super tasty, super value bibimbap!
Open 7 days
Monday – Wednesday: 11.30am to 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11.30am to 11pm
Sunday: 11.30am to 10pm
193 Melbourne St, West End