Sydney, New South Wales

Offering a good reason to pass up cinema popcorn, newcomer Korean restaurant Soban (conveniently located near Hoyts at Chatswood Westfield Shopping Centre) captivates its audience with a belly-filling wealth of traditional and Western-friendly cuisine.
Westfield Shopping Centre
1 Anderson Street,
Tel: +61 2 9415 2028
Asian, Korean
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
Just when you start to complain that there isn't enough variety on Sydney's dining scene, a gem like Soban restaurant appears. Cropping up unassumingly on the top level of Westfield Shopping Centre in Chatswood, this little restaurant serves up a praiseworthy selection of authentic Korean dishes. Starring in beautiful menus – heavy, black, silver-trimmed – is a list of salads, a la carte and jeong-chan (meal sets). The variety is so broad and flavours so tempting, that making a decision is not easy – luckily each meal is accompanied by an image. What the modest pictures don't prepare you for, however, is how generous the portions are. For lack of a better word, they are huge. Huge!

So it is perhaps a good thing that tables at this funky eatery are not only designed to perpetuate a casual ambience and a wooden theme (started by timber slats which block out the shopping centre beyond), but also to carry the weight of the meals. Olive colours, high ceilings and low-hanging light bulbs also work to enhance the tastebud-tingling flavours of the cuisine. Playing with chilli, pickles and loads of vegetables, meat and seafood, the selections are diverse. If you're stuck for what to eat, a great way to go is the pork belly mu-chin which combines the dense texture of pork belly with a light salad, adding punch with chili powder, garlic and chives. A set is also not to be missed. Served as a main dish, soup and four small sides (in the manner of a dislodged bento box), it is a brilliant way to experience several flavours and textures. The kimchi fried rice with teriyaki chicken is particularly palatable. And if the spicier elements make you thirsty, Soban has a modest menu of wine, soft drinks and tea at your disposal.
Agnes Gajewska
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
1 Anderson Street,,
Westfield Shopping Centre
Chatswood NSW 2067
On level six of Chatswood's Westfield Shopping Centre – neighbouring Myer and Hoyts.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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