Kong is walk-in only, and unless you plan to arrive ridiculously early, be prepared for a wait. Thankfully they have a snazzy system where you can go and have a drink down the road, and they will text you when your table is free! And believe me, the wait is definitely worth it.
Where to begin? First off, the roti-rolls. Have you ever had a roti-roll? No? You’ve never lived. I’m not even slightly joking. The pulled pork roti-roll with slaw, kimchi and burnt chilli mayo will send you straight to heaven, with delicious—crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside—roti, and melty, tender, tangy pork! Below is a photo of the hot and spicy bbq chicken version, with lemon gochujang and kimchi.
Kong’s modern take on buns are charming and full of flavour, offering a selection of smoked brisket, peanut butter salt and pepper tofu (below & left), and pork belly with pickled cucumber (below large). As they’re bite size there’s nothing to stop you from ordering all three, unless you’re saving room for the rest of the mouthwatering menu. Such as the divine Bossam pork belly, with soba noodles, nashi and apple soy (bottom of page). Neighbouring tables came down with a case of food envy when this arrived, and minutes later ordered their own! Safe to say there were no regrets.
Kong also offers wings, ribs and a selection of pit and oven fired items, priding themselves on their chemical free charcoal and sustainable Australian wood. With plenty of vegetarian options as well, from fried rice with enoki mushrooms and soy charred tofu, to bbq corn with chilli salt and miso butter (below), the menu is so extensive that there’s something for everyone. Something absolutely delicious for everyone. The drinks menu is exciting as well, offering by-the-glass wine options usually unavailable, such as a smooth marsanne (Princess Butterfly) and a tangy chenin-blanc (Good Hope), and a range of treats from cocktails to sake.
But don’t let me stop there! What’s for dessert you ask? Ummm, only the best invention to grace the ice cream world: BLACK. SESAME. ICE-CREAM. (Top of page) And Kong does a damn fine version. The ice-cream is a beautifully smooth charcoal grey, fluffy, light and bursting with toasted nutty goodness. This is in the same bracket as the roti-rolls; if you haven’t tried it, what the heck are you waiting for? The dessert menu also offers apple and walnut tart with miso butterscotch and Japanese whisky ice-cream, or coconut sago with a passionfruit and pineapple trifle. So as hard as it may seem when drooling over the menu, try and save room for dessert!
With a team of upbeat, friendly staff, and a full-on noisy (but fun) atmosphere, Kong BBQ is packed full of flavour, style and pizzaz. Head down with friends for one heck of a deliciously good time.
599 Church St Richmond
Rated out of 10