Tucked away on a bustling street in Chatswood, one of Sydney’s top destinations for Asian cuisine, lies Sinjeon – a Korean restaurant that stands out for its authentic flavors and warm hospitality. Since 2012, Sinjeon has developed a loyal following of customers ranging from Sydney’s Korean community to K-food fans discovering Banchan and BBQ for the first time.
Stepping into Sinjeon feels like you have been transported to Korea instantly, with its rustic wooden tables and walls decorated with traditional Hahoe folk masks and art. The aroma of meats grilling over hot charcoal fills the air alongside the sound of sizzling. Owner and head chef Younjae Park expertly manages the open kitchen flanked by hungry diners, preparing classics spanning Korean BBQ short ribs, fried chicken, seafood pancakes and steaming rice cake soup.
While the smoky, umami-rich dishes satisfy cravings, it’s the array of small side dishes called Banchan that really shines at Sinjeon Sydney. Reflecting Korean cuisine’s balance of flavor, texture and nutrition in every meal, the Banchan selection changes daily. Crunchy kimchi, creamy potato salad, sweet pickled radish, wilted spinach and sautéed glass noodles feature regularly. They complement the heartier Korean mains beautifully with their tart, refreshing and spicy notes.
Signature Dishes Not to Miss At Sinjeon
With extensive menu spanning different Korean staples, these are some must-try signature dishes at Sinjeon Sydney:
K-BBQ Short Rib Galbi & Galbi Jjim
Prime rib marinated in a sweet and savory galbi sauce is Sinjeon’s most popular order. Tender, fall-off-the-rib meat with crispy edges grilled over charcoal is Korean BBQ perfection matched by the side Banchan. Galbijjim features similar short rib braised to melting tenderness in a spicy broth.
Seafood & Green Onion Pancake Haemul Pa Jeon
Crispy on the outside while hot, soft and flavorful inside, this savory pancake speckled with plump shrimp, calamari and green onions makes a stellar shared starter. The medley of seafood enveloped in the spring onion scented batter steals the show.
Spicy Rice Cake & Dumplings Tteokbokki
If you like it hot, the bright red tteokbokki stew brimming with soft rice cakes, fish cakes and boiled egg in an ultra-spicy gochujang chili sauce delivers a flaming punch. Temper the heat with the chilled refreshing duck meat dumplings.
Classic Korean Fried Chicken Dak Gang Jeong
Say goodbye limp boring fried chicken and let Sinjeon’s spectacular Dak Gang Jeong rock your world. Juicy, golden chicken winglets amped up with sweet and sticky spiced glaze or the mustard sauce version make it habit-forming good. Downright addictive with beer or soju!
Bubbling Spicy Tofu Stew Sundubu Jjigae
For spice lovers, this red-hot tofu stew infused with kimchi, tender pork belly, mushrooms and noodles encapsulates the warmth of fiery Korean stews. Fluffy curds of soft tofu offer mild relief amid the wonderfully complex chili and fermented spice notes in the broth.
In addition to the above must-eats, the Bibimbap mixed rice bowls make wholesome balanced meals topped with meat, veggies, egg and spicy Gochujang paste. Seafood lovers can’t go wrong with the aromatic Kimchi Jjambbong noodle soup brimming with squid, mussels and shrimp. Those craving lighter fare will delight in the assorted Yachae side salads or healthy Brown Rice Bibimbap bowls. Kids tear through the Sweet & Sour Chicken and Cheese Corn. Rice cakes, sweet pumpkin porridge and Fish cake stick snacks promise comforting dessert endings.
With the sheer variety of flavors and dishes available, every diner finds their perfect match at Sinjeon Sydney.
The Heart of Sinjeon’s Cooking: Quality Ingredients
Chef Younjae Park emphasizes using high quality ingredients as the foundation behind Sinjeon’s standout Korean fare. The Galbi meat hails straight from Korean wagyu cattle. Fresh seafood like prawns and baby octopus take centerstage when in season. Produce including chili paste, fermented kimchi and specialty Korean condiments are imported directly twice a month to retain authenticity.
This uncompromising approach shines through the intense flavors and superior textures consistently delighting Sinjeon patrons for over a decade now.
Experience Korea’s Food & Culture at Sinjeon
Beyond the soul-nourishing food, Sinjeon Sydney transports you to the heart of Korea through the overall dining experience:
- The bustling sounds of an open kitchen sizzling with action
- Wall art celebrating beautiful Korean vistas and cultural symbols
- Heartfelt hospitality and banter from the staff
- Savoring steaming dishes sharing tables family-style
- Regale in Soju cocktails and Korean beer to complement the hearty food
It reflects how Korean cuisine and culture brings people together through community, compassion and a profound love for flavorful food.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the restaurant’s hours and location?
Sinjeon is located at Shop 1, 2 Sierra Place Chatswood. They are open Tuesday – Sunday from 5pm – 10pm. Closed on Mondays.
Do they cater for events and special occasions?
Yes, Sinjeon Sydney has an extensive off-site catering menu perfect for events and parties. You can customize options starting from canapes and platters to full Korean BBQ buffet packages including on-site chefs.
Is the restaurant wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Sinjeon does have wheelchair access through a ground floor ramp entrance without stairs. A disabled bathroom is also available at the premises.
Does Sinjeon offer vegan and vegetarian options?
While meat dishes dominate traditionally, vegetarians can enjoy Tofu stews, vegetable pancakes, rice bowls and sides like vegetable japchae noodles, savory pancakes and kimchi. However pure vegan options are limited currently.
From flavors that linger lovingly long after the last morsel to impeccable hospitality steeped in Korean culture, Sinjeon brings Seoul’s culinary excellence to the Sydney food scene. It explains why legions of K-food fans keep returning to satisfy their Korean food cravings at Sinjeon time and again.