Photographs: David Straight
Just off Link Drive, near the Freedom and behind the foodcourt and next to the hospice shop, you’ll find Biwon. Such inauspicious surroundings: such fantastic food.
They do all the Korean standards here – bibimbap and soup and so on – but you’re really here for grilled meat. You might be familiar with the format: each table has an extractor fan and a grill in the middle, only here they bring out a bucket of red-hot charcoal and put it in the grill, and then you start to cook. One of the owners used to be a butcher: it shows in the marinated scotch fillet, and the beef in special sauce ($15), and the mok deung shim, pork scotch fillet ($17). The meat is tender, beautifully marinated, full of flavour.
But it’s the service that makes Biwon. They’re more than friendly: they’re effusive, helping clumsy whiteys with their barbecue, bringing out tidbits of pork belly or the special salt imported from Korea. It is a treat. SFG
HOURS Tuesday to Sunday,11.30am to 3pm and 5pm until 10pm.
ADDRESS 29 Link Drive, Wairau Valley, ph 443 6761.
IMPORTANT DETAILS If you’re unfamiliar with Korean barbecue, they’ll help you out – but honestly, it’s super easy.