Melbourne Restaurant Reviews: The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Corean House (NOW CLOSED)

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.

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11 Comments on Corean House (NOW CLOSED)

  1. Savory Simple
    October 21, 2012 at 22:17 (2 years ago)

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried Korean BBQ. It sounds really good!

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  2. Choc Chip Uru
    October 22, 2012 at 04:58 (2 years ago)

    Haha I love this who needs K ;)
    Sounds nice!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. theragingcook
    October 22, 2012 at 07:09 (2 years ago)

    Not good enough for Gangnam eh? Hahahaha *horsey dances*

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  4. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    October 22, 2012 at 08:25 (2 years ago)

    Ohh I’ve heard of this place but not good feedback :( but it is quite cheap but still if you think the foods not good enough it must be pretty bad >_<

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  5. Sophie Wang (@aecliss)
    October 22, 2012 at 15:43 (2 years ago)

    Damn, I was hoping this would be good. I’m in need of a decent Korean BBQ D:

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  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 22, 2012 at 17:00 (2 years ago)

    Oh here’s to hoping that they might want to venture out a bit more to something a bit “edgier” :P

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  7. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    October 24, 2012 at 00:04 (2 years ago)

    Oh is that why it’s spelt with a C? Lol I’m not too big on having buffet since I don’t eat all that much and food’s usually quite mediocre anyway…I reckon a la carte is the way to go! Too bad the food wasn’t good since the price seems quite good…

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  8. squishymonster
    October 26, 2012 at 15:16 (2 years ago)

    I’m Korean and had no idea that some places spelled it with a “C.” Hate to hear that your experience was sub par :(

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  9. Parsley Sage
    October 27, 2012 at 09:08 (2 years ago)

    Eh, that’s kind of the reason I steer clear of buffets (unless they’re the dessert variety!) I’m always disappointed and the food never seems better than ‘so-so.’ Nice write up though!

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  10. msihua (@msihua)
    October 31, 2012 at 20:39 (2 years ago)

    I think the first clue that it wasn’t good was that they spelled Korean with a C :P Anyway we should do lunch sometime or university attendant! Please come visit me and show me new places to visit!

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    • libishski
      November 2, 2012 at 18:26 (2 years ago)

      Waaaaaaaahhhh. I’ve finished classes for the semester so I don’t get my days off anymore :(

      Dinner after work? :)

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