On my birthday this year, a friend of mine, Meg, took me out to dinner at Han & Le Miel in Carlton to mark the occasion. It was simply a casual dinner, just the two of us. We were looking to visit somewhere new and good, and I remember that the joint has recently been established. So we phoned them up and made a reservation for the night.
Han & Le Miel
Location & How to Get There
Han & Le Miel is the newest Korean restaurant in the heart of Carlton, Melbourne. It offers an exquisite selection of modern Korean cuisine with a slight International twist, and a focus on using fresh and seasonal produce.
It’s very easy to get to the premise, just take any tram on Swanston St if you’re coming from the south or from the city. After that, get off at the Melbourne University tram stop, and the restaurant will only be 5 minutes walking distance from there.
Space & Ambiance
It was our first time here, and I felt like the restaurant had a laid-back and comfortable vibe as soon as we walked in. The fact that they have a coffee machine on the bar and a coffee menu on the board intrigued me, so I’m guessing they may also operate as a café from the morning until afternoon in this place.
Han & Le Miel restaurant space is of a good size. Boasting a main dining area to the left with a centerpiece and some window seats, there is also a bar section in the middle, as well as the second dining space to the right side which looks more secluded and intimate.
Menu & Price Range
The menu features a range of dishes that are sure to please all taste buds, from delicious starters like Chat Potato and Mung Bean & Pork Belly fritters, to mains like Beef Bulgogi and Spicy Pork Bone Stew. There is also a great selection of drinks available, including craft beers, rice wine, soju, and cocktails.
In terms of pricing, Han & Le Miel offers a great variety of dishes at reasonable prices, with main dishes starting from $27. I would recommend ordering several dishes and splitting the meal with a friend or friends so that you can try a little bit of everything.
Food & Beverages Review
That night, we were sharing all of our food. We had the deep-fried whole squid, mama’s soy bean stew, and some purple rice. They’re all fantastic; they go wonderfully with one another. And despite the fact that we were only sharing two dinners, it didn’t feel like too little food or anything, it was actually quite filling.
I ordered the Raspberry Smash sour beer from Stomping Ground while Meg had their house-made Lemon Lime Bitters. Both drinks were incredibly refreshing, and I found the Raspberry Smash to be one of my favorite sour beer flavors. It’s just too easy to drink and doesn’t taste like beer at all.
I’m not sure if the squid was entirely deep-fried, but if I may guess, I think it may have been grilled beforehand. I could taste the caramelization on the squid’s flesh when I bit into it, which indicated that it had gone through a grill. Nonetheless, it was cooked to perfection that even though it had gone through the grill and oil, it didn’t feel overcooked or chewy in any way. The batter was crispy and tasty—overall, it was an impressive dish.
Though it may have appeared to be small, the Mama’s Soy Bean stew was definitely a flavor bomb in your mouth. It also has everything you could ask for in a stew: it’s hearty, comforting, and perfect on cold evenings. The deep-fried squid, purple rice, and banchan also went super well with it.
I also love the fact that their rice came in the form of purple rice because I sure know that purple rice is much healthier and tastes just as amazing as a bowl of regular white rice. I also appreciate that they still served us a couple of banchan dishes to complement the meal.
Overall, I really had a lovely time at Han & Le Miel that evening. The ambiance was relaxing and calming, which made for a quite intimate evening since it wasn’t busy. Furthermore, the food quality was excellent our dinner was delightful, and so was the service.
Even though Meg and I have no food allergies or any particular dietary restrictions, we appreciate that the staff asked us about our food preferences as soon as we were seated at our table. It’s good to know that they value this matter seriously and try to ensure they provide us with the best service possible in the restaurant.
I would recommend Han & Le Miel restaurant to anyone looking for a great Korean meal in an intimate dinner setting. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s blog post & found it helpful to give you ideas on where to eat & have a good meal here in Melbourne. Support this blog by sharing this post with your friends using this link or click here if you want to donate monetarily.
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- Han & Le Miel
- Thurs – Sat :
- 5-30 PM – 9:00 PM
- Type : Restaurant
- Cuisine : Korean
- Price : $$
- Alcohol : Yes
- Dessert : Yes
- Indoor Capacity : +-45
- Outdoor Capacity : –
- RSVP : Available
- Waiting Time : 15 minutes
- Toilet : Yes
- Wifi : Not sure
- Vegan / Vegetarian : Available
- GF Option : Not sure