Korean food and culture have been gaining popularity in Singapore in recent years. Making its debut at The Central at Clarke Quay, E!GHT Korean BBQ offers an array of tantalising premium BBQ meats in a sleek industrial chic setting. The name “E!GHT” is named after its eponymous 8 Colours Set, which features scrumptious slices of Berkshire pork belly in an array of flavours.
At the BBQ tables, there are two stoves that accommodate both grilling and stewing simultaneously. The cushioned chairs provide space for me to put my bags. Utensils and napkins are cleverly tucked away in a handy drawer under the table, and there is also a compartment for me to keep my gadgets away from food splatters.
Pork takes centre-stage here and E!GHT has imported 100% Berkshire pork from the U.S.A. E!GHT’s signature 8 Colours Set ($98)¸ suitable for 3-4 pax, offers mouth-watering strips of thick-cut pork belly are flavoured in eight different ways – wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso, and red pepper paste.
Each strip, approximately 70 to 80g each, is elegantly rolled up and presented on a custom-made wooden tray. Each flavour is clearly carved into the wood so we know exactly what is being served.
The meats and vegetables are cooked on made-to-order grill pans and the pans are tilted at a slight angle on the stove which allow excess oil to flow away from the meats and down into a small waste trap.
Before grilling the meat, the server recommends the best order in which to relish these cuts. Starting from the lighter towards bolder flavours, the server prepares the wine and original flavour first so that we can savour the natural taste of the Berkshire pork.
This is followed by the ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, and miso marinades, leaving the heaviest red pepper paste for last. Besides these eight styles, there is an option of the Smoked version at only $12. If you love a particular flavour, you can order additional strips at $12 apiece. If 8 pieces of pork is too much, you can opt for the 4 Colours Set ($58) which is ideal for two diners.
The 8 Colours Set, 4 Colours Set, and Flower Pork Set are all accompanied by homemade banchan (complimentary Korean appetisers), and a Seafood Bean Paste Stew. A clear Scorched Rice Soup will also be served when you order the set at the end of the meal to cleanse the palate.
I really love the hearty seafood stew which is prepared right at the table. The seafood are fresh and the soup is braised for many hours. If you are a stew person, E!IGHT also have Beef Brisket Kimchi Stew ($18), Pork Belly Kimchi Stew ($18), or Beef Brisket Bean Paste Stew ($18).
For an even more substantial indulgence or if you are a rice person like me, we ordered an additional Fried Rice ($8) which will be fried on the grill pan with kimchi and a sweetish Korean chilli paste.
Beef lovers are not forgotten as E!GHT offers a choice of USDA Prime Beef and Australian Wagyu. The former is available as Ribeye Steak ($58), Beef Belly Slices ($38) and Beef Brisket ($38) whereas the Australian Wagyu can be enjoyed as Ribeye Steak ($88) or Boneless Short Rib ($58). All these come in 200g servings.
Besides the full a la carte menu, we also had the sumptuous Chul Pan (Speciality Hot Grill) which is only available during lunch. The Chul Pan – an elegant tower of thinly-sliced meats atop assorted vegetable – is stir-fried on the grill pan with a piquant house-made gochujang (Korean red pepper paste). Steamed rice will be served on the side. This dish requires a minimum order of two portions of meat and choices include: Chicken ($15), Pork Belly ($16) and Beef Brisket ($17).
Having BBQ here means we can sit back, relax and talk to our friends while the staffs will cook for us. They also have an al fresco area which is superb for dining at night when you can enjoy the beautiful view of Clarke Quay and the Singapore River. There is also alcoholic selection but I chose the Special Lemon Tea ($3) which is prepared fresh daily with Korean citron.
E!GHT Korean BBQ
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-79/90 The Central
Tel: 6222 2159
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm Lunch (Last Order 2pm), 5.30pm – 11pm Dinner (Last Order 10pm)