Having passed a unique looking restaurant in Croydon down Parramatta Road many times, I finally got the chance of entering the premises. Welcome to the Wagyu House Restaurant.
Quite unsure of what to do or where to go, we paused in the middle of two timber sheds that is the restaurant. We were greeted by smiles from a couple of staff members who politely ushered us into a large open restaurant area where many more friendly staff members greeted us while rushing from one table to the other. They make every effort to make you feel that you are the most important customer there during your visit.
As I stood in the middle of the spaciousness, I could not help but notice how different this is from other Korean BBQ restaurants I have been to with hardly enough space for any kind of movement.
This restaurant is not only unique space wise, but also how the BBQ is ordered - that is if you choose to go with the BBQ option instead of choosing from the a la carte menu.
Even though the BBQ plate is set in the middle of the table; at Wagyu House you have to actually walk across to the butchery and choose the meat or seafood items that you want to BBQ. I am unsure how this works on a rainy day. I am assuming they have a solution for this. Umbrellas?
At the butchery across the road, meats are available in both plain and marinated choices. The variety of the actual Wagyu beef pieces available was quite impressive. You can actually request smaller portions of Wagyu beef if you wish, and the staff will certainly oblige.
While you choose your meats, the serving staff place a selection of pickles and condiments on your table, and the BBQ plate is made ready with burning hot coal for your use.
Once you pay and come back to your table with your meats and seafood, then the game is all yours. While you cook and eat your meats with accompaniments set on your table; the polite staff continue to inquire into refilling the empty condiment dishes. This aspect is quite new to me as my condiment, salad or pickle plates were never refilled in the other Korean restaurants I have been to previously.
Once you have paid for your meats and seafood, there is nothing more to pay unless you order extra rice or drinks. I think I did fall in love with this unique restaurant, not only because of the great food - but also because of the polite, efficient staff who actually seem to enjoy their work.
Where: 668-670 Parramatta Road Croydon NSW
Why: Good food. New experience. Friendly staff.
Cost: You pay for the meats and seafood you choose.