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Oppa Kitchen

I’m a big fan of Korean food, so it was exciting to stumble on this little eatery on Swanston Street recently. Oppa Kitchen has been around for six months or so, always brimming with hip young Koreans, and it’s easy to see why.

The bright and minimalist decor is the first thing to entice punters off the street, and the cheap and cheerful menu is a close second. This is not the best Korean cuisine in Melbourne by any stretch — you won’t be getting any exciting little kimchi side-dishes here, for a start — but at $10-$12 for most mains, this place is great value and damn tasty nonetheless.

Oppa Kitchen_The Melbourne Local

I ordered the very enormous and delicious Korean Beef Bulgogi Meal Bucket — and it really was a bucket. The meal came in a wooden dish, full to the brim with rice, beef bulgogi, tasty salad and an orange slice. It was thoroughly satisfying, and the whole experience — from the self-service ordering system to the bustling atmosphere — was really quite fun, and made me feel I was back in Asia again.

This is not the place to come for an intimate dinner, but for a quick and affordable lunch stop, it’s perfect.

Oppa Kitchen

Address: 271 Swanston St, Melbourne

Tel: 0421 351 489

Opening hours: 11.30am–10pm Sunday–Wednesday, 11.30am–11pm Thursday–Saturday

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