PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS
The Arnotts factory in North Strathfield will never bake another batch of Kingstons again, but fortunately since its closure the cavernous space has been put to good use, accommodating an international selection of restaurants. Occupying a corner position is Bakehouse Garden, a Korean eatery which in fact favours charcoal barbecues over baking ovens. It's a spacious venue, combining the factory's original rustic brickwork and exposed ceilings with bright lights, polished floorboards and timber tables. Each table is equipped with a charcoal burner, and it's here that the action happens as diners indulge in a gregarious cook-it-yourself meal in traditional Korean style.
Not just a barbecue restaurant, Bakehouse's kitchen staff keep busy cooking delicious examples of Korean-style appetisers. Mulmandu are delicate steamed mince dumplings, and haemul-pajeon is a crisp pancake topped with spring onion, prawn and baby octopus. Once you've had your fill of entrees, select your meats for the barbecue, from thick strips of pork belly to duck brisket and bulgogi (marinated beef). The staff load the barbecue with hot coals, then it's up to you to sizzle and serve the meat using the variety of condiments provided – garlic, vegetables, pickles, chilli and sauces. The number of Koreans dining here is a recommendation in itself. The meat is of exceptional quality, and the staff (with a little coaxing) are happy to assist the uninitiated.