Perth’s Korean barbecue restaurant Arirang has been convicted of food safety offenses again

A popular Perth restaurant has been named and humiliated after multiple food law violations.

Korean barbecue restaurant and cafe Arirang will face fines totaling $ 45,000 plus court costs of $ 2,500 after a string of convictions late last month.

The restaurant, owned by Silver Vision Pty Ltd, has failed on several fronts: failing to store food in a way that prevents contamination, failing to maintain a standard of cleanliness, and failing to keep the premises in good repair. .

He was also fined for failing to ensure that his food handlers had adequate food safety and hygiene skills and knowledge.

Founded by the Yu family, Arirang serves a mix of traditional Korean and modern fusion dishes and was WA’s first Korean barbecue restaurant, according to its website.

Camera iconArirang was Washington State’s first Korean barbecue restaurant. Credit: Iain Gillespie/West Australian

Perth City officials identified the breaches on three different visits in 2020: two in March and one in June.

This is not the first time the Barrack Street store has been taken to court over poor food handling and poor cleanliness.

The restaurant was also hit with heavy fines in 2018 – $ 30,000 plus $ 1,800 in fees – for violations recorded on three different dates.

Most were linked to a lack of cleanliness and failure to keep the premises in good repair, but inspectors also issued advisories not to wash hands in hot running water and not to store foods properly to protect them from contamination.

Owner Daniel Yu said the kitchen was old and the violations occurred during the lockdown when fewer staff were employed to work in the kitchens.

“It was a very difficult situation during the lockdown,” Mr. Yu said.

He said since the breaches identified last year, kitchens have been kept clean and inspections by the City of Perth have found the restaurant to meet food handling standards.

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