Chimac Plus, Abbotsford

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MELBOURNE | Chimac Plus is the Abbotsford sibling of West Melbourne’s Chimac, which has been serving up Korean and Korean/Mexican fusion food since 2014. The word ‘chimac’ is a portmanteau of the English word chicken with the Korean word for beer (maekju) and you’ll find places specialising in chimak all over Korea. While you’ll find both of those things at Chimac in Abbotsford there’s a lot more on offer.

It’s an unusually designed venue, and appears to be a secondary addition to the brick building that it shares a wall with. The front of the venue is a sort of wooden shack, American BBQ joint kind of deal with assorted Korean bits and bobs dotted around and a large TV playing K-Pop video clips, the audio of which plays throughout the venue. The bar is also out the front, while the brighter, heated rear section (heating is important as the space is quite breezy) is a bit more refined and is where you’ll find further seating and the kitchen. A mixture of small and large tables are available, all with combination charcoal/gas grills for tabletop cooking of the meat.

The menu is split into several sections – basically traditional Korean and Korean/Mexican. On the traditional menu you’ll find a variety of meats for BBQ along with things like kimchi pancakes, bibimbap (rice bowls), stews and of course a selection of differently marinated fried chicken. Move to the Korean/Mexican menu and you’ll find tacos (or Ta-Kors as they call them here), burritos, quesedillas, and loaded fries. Deciding what to order is tough as there’s a lot that sounds good on the menu.

We opted for the ‘Show Me What You Got’, which gets you a selection of the most popular meats, rice for two, and ban chan of the day (sides like salad, pickles, kimchi, and very addictive corn with cheese). First the ban chan and rice comes out, while the grill is getting hot. You can grill the meat here yourself, or get the staff to do it for you. Once ready, a huge platter of five different meats is brought to your table – L.A. style cut ribs, beef bulgogi, spicy pork, Chuncheon style chicken, and scored pork belly. For $59 it’s fantastic value and will easily satisfy two people. We thoroughly enjoyed everything, especially the beef bulgogi and spicy pork, which had a nice kick to it but wasn’t too spicy.

Of course, we couldn’t go without trying some from the Korean/Mexican part of the menu so we opted for the beef bulgogi tacos. All tacos order come with three tacos, and are generously sized. It’s fresh flour tortillas filled with the meat of your choice, shredded cabbage and pickled daikon (white radish), and topped with mayo and chilli sauce. Very delicious.

For drinks its a selection of local craft beers on tap, Korean beer in bottles, a few local wines, and other Korean drinks like soju, bobunja (a Korean raspberry wine), and makgeolli (kind of like sake).

We were very impressed with our meal at Chimac Plus and can’t believe it took us so long to try it. Everything we ate was delicious, service was friendly and efficient and, with so many more delicious sounding things on the menu, we will definitely be back.

Chimac Plus

345 Victoria Street
Abbotsford
Victoria 3067
Australia

Telephone: (03) 8395 2229
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Tue – Sun: 5:30pm to 10:00pm

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