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White Tomato

An abundance of delicious dishes at this fun Korean BBQ restaurant.
By Gary Brun
June 01, 2023
By Gary Brun
June 01, 2023

Located in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, White Tomato is a funky Korean restaurant with lavish bronze barbecues on each table complimenting a stylish, modern interior. The atmosphere here is always bustling and there is often a line out the front, so try to get in a little early if possible.

The menu kicks off with appetisers including takowasabi, a raw octopus salad with a healthy dose of wasabi, and deep fried dumplings — either packed with prawns, tofu or mixed vegetables. Vegetarians can opt for a mushroom salad with mixed leaf and balsamic dressing or the deep fried tofu salad with a special dressing. The kimchi pancake is delicious and served with melted cheese while the haemul gyeon is a delightfully flavoursome seafood pancake.

While these options are grand, most people come to White Tomato for either the hot pot or KBBQ dining experiences. The hot pot options include a spicy seafood hotpot served with mixed seafood, vegetables, udon noodles in a spicy broth, or a soft bean curd stew with seafood, egg and onions. fter some heat? Try the galbijjim, a super spicy hot pot with beef ribs, rice cakes and vegetables. 

Make sure you order from the barbecue too, with sizzling options including the bulgogi, marinated beef in soy sauce with vegetables, or the spicy pork with sweet chilli sauce. If you're feeling brave, give the spicy pork intestine a go — served up in a hot chilli sauce with vegetables. Pescatarians can go for the spicy squid in chilli sauce which simply melts in your mouth. It's one of our favourite things on the whole menu.

White Tomato is the perfect venue to head to for any occasion, be it a bunch of mates catching up or a spicy date. Just sit back and let it sizzle. 

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