5/551 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9670 9559
For some reason, the folks in my department at work are into buffet restaurants. Just like my parents, they usually suggest New Quay or JJ’s at Crown or something similar whenever we need to get away from the office for a group lunch or to celebrate someone’s birthday – and those restaurants are usually a bit of a hike from our office.
Too bad most of the ladies in my departments aren’t big on trying new cuisine, otherwise we would have tried the $11.95 lunch buffet at Corean House a long time ago. Yes, they think Korean food belongs to the ‘weird foods of the world’ category and yes, this restaurant spells Korean with a ‘c’ – apparently that’s also the way the French spell it.
Located in Healey’s Lane, Corean House does the whole Korean BBQ and a la carte thing during dinner. They do it too during lunch but let’s face it, like anyone would want to walk back to work smelling like barbequed meat. Because of this, they introduced the lunch buffet earlier this year to entice the lunchtime crowd looking for something better than an overpriced pork roll from Kenny’s.
No, this laneway isn’t usually deserted – I took this photo on a Saturday morning when no one was around. Why was I loitering around this area on a Saturday morning? I agreed to come into the office in the morning to do overtime. Why? Oh, I don’t know, stupidity.
Sean and I decided to have lunch here with a few of our other workmates. Lunch isn’t a very crowded affair so we got our pick of tables. The food is placed in bain maries to one side of the room and you’re free to walk up and choose what you want.
For some reason, I was expecting, well, better food. We helped ourselves to some Korean sausages, hamburger patties (which were actually not too bad), beef bulgogi, spicy pork and a host of other stuff such as battered calamari rings (random, much?). Later on, they dished out the soy chicken wings which I also didn’t mind.
Everything else, though, was average. They were too sweet and they were lukewarm and stodgy from having sat in the bain maries for quite some time. As much as I wanted to like Corean House, I couldn’t. It was also a shame because the waitresses were so polite and nice that I felt so bad.
We wouldn’t be suggesting Corean House to the other folks at work. Not only is the food mediocre, there isn’t much of a variety as well. Perhaps Corean House do a better job with their a la carte offerings so maybe a revisit during dinner would be on the cards soon.