Anju is a super cool Melbourne restaurant which was opened by owner, Young Choi, earlier this year.  The food is primarily Korean with Spanish, Mexican & Japanese influence thrown in for good measure.  And like the meaning of Anju – Korean tapas consumed with alcohol – the alcoholic beverages look and sound pretty sensational, particularly given Choi has plans to open a bar upstairs later on in the year.

My husband and I visited during lunch hour (back at the start of July! – before our D7000’s shutter sadly died) and enjoyed kicking back to the R&B beats that were hitting the Asian club scene back in our uni days!  The staff were all lovely, though they spoke little English when we were there, and kept advising us to order less than what we had originally planned.  I know everyone has been complaining about the price at Anju but seriously – it’s not that bad.  I think sometimes we unfairly expect Asian restaurants to be cheaper than say Western restaurants but for the quality of the food, the ambience, & the popularity of the restaurant, it really was acceptable.

BBQ corn with white miso & gochujang ($4 each)
These were delicious and although they were made up of Korean ingredients, they definitely had a Mexican twist to them.  I actually still prefer Mexican renditions but these were pretty darn good as well.


Beef bulgogi slider ($6) & Soft shell crab slider ($8)
The beef was beautifully caramelised and delightfully tender.  The soft shell crab was lusciously crispy.  They were right up there with all the other fantastic sliders on offer around Melbourne these days.



Pork bibimbab – bean sprouts, carrot, zucchini, button mushrooms & fried egg served with Korean chili sauce ($16)
This was pretty standard bibimbap.  Good quality produce done well.


Hoe Dupbab – daily fresh raw fish with vegetables & rice served with house made chili sauce ($18).
Definitely the stand out dish of the day.  There was tonnes of raw fish and the chili sauce matched the dish so well.  It was served with a side of crispy seaweed.  Perfect.

All in all we had a fantastic time at Anju.  The ambience definitely contributed to our fond memories as did the beautiful crockery and the efficiency of the wait staff.

18 Little La Trobe St
Melbourne  VIC  3000
03 9662 4568

Open Mon – Thu 11:30 am – 2:30 pm; 5 – 11 pm
Friday 11:30 – 2:30 pm; 5 – 1 am
Saturday 5 pm – 1 am, Sunday 5 pm – 11 pm.

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