19 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants to Visit in Singapore
The Korean BBQ trend is building up in Singapore. Gogi Gui is a broad term which means roasted meats, or barbecue, in Korean. The Korean method of roasting beef, pork, chicken, or other types of meat is far different from the usual “BBQ” parties you organize in your backyard. The star of the show is the meat – different types, cuts, marinated, non-marinated etc – that is grilled at the diner’s table on gas or charcoal grills. This experience allows diners to talk, cook and enjoy their food at the same time.
Who can resist the multiple sensory pleasures of Korean BBQ – the spicy, salty flavours and the combination of textures and temperatures, not to mention the hands-on fun of going through a pile of lettuce leaves, wrapping your own individual “lettuce wrap” and popping them into your mouth? If you have yet to try, it’s time to call up some friends and get ready to be in for a culinary treat. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind reeking of smoke afterwards. We’ve come up with a list of 19 Korean BBQ in Singapore for you to pick from!
Seorae Singapore is the only Korean BBQ in Singapore serving their signature Korean Galmaegisal, which is also known as pork skirt meat. Galmaegisal is found between the ribs and the belly of the pig and is a unique cut that forms only 250 grams of every full grown pig. Using Seorae’s special “circle grilling” technique, the Galmaegisal, marinated in a delicious blend of Korean spices for two days, with at least an half hour’s massage, is grilled to perfection, full of rich flavours, tender and juicy. We tried the original Galmaegisal ($21.90 for regular and $29.90 for king) and the garlic soy sauce Galmaegisal ($22.90 for regular and $31.90 for king). The former is the closest you get to savouring authentic Korean flavours while the latter contains a generous garlic seasoning and soy sauce – imagine chunks of juicy meat with an extra kick.
Amp up the flavour of the Galmaegisal using the well-known Korean dipping style into onion and spicy sauces, accompanied with silky folds of egg and fragrant garlic. To bring diners on an even more exciting culinary adventure, Seorae Singapore offers melted cheese on the grill as well, combining mouthwatering textures and creamy cheese into a burst of flavour on the tastebuds. Cheese costs $2 per portion and is non-refillable.
Don’t forget to end your meals with Seorae’s Patbingsoo. The different flavours of Patbingsoo at Seorae are named after places in Seoul, with the signature being Apgujeong Bingsoo ($14.90), designed perfectly for cheese fanatics. Apgujeong Bingsoo consists of cheese, cheese sauce, cheese cake, cheese wafer and vanilla ice cream. Located so conveniently at Plaza Singapura, boosting a comfortable and lively interior, Seorae Singapore is perfect for gatherings and for unwinding after a hard day at work.
Being one of the few Korean BBQ in Singapore that only uses charcoal and no gas, we liked the original and authentic charred flavour of our meat. We also had fun due to their self-service BBQ style and enjoyed BBQ-ing our food to the level of charred-ness we prefer. Wang Dae Bak is extremely packed even on a Monday evening. This would be a place we’ll pick for gatherings with friends as the environment is very lively and relaxed. The entire restaurant is brightly lit and has orangey walls so it’s relatively hard to miss this if you’re walking down Amoy Street. We were first served their appetizers and we really liked the spicy tofu, kimchi, the sweetness that came from their potato, as well as, their beansprouts which has a spicy-sourish taste, very appetizing indeed.
Next, the egg mixture was poured onto our BBQ plate. We honestly feel that this must be the best dish that’s created on Earth! There is no buffet available but they offer BBQ sets. We tried BBQ Set B ($48) which consisted of marinated prime ribs, pork belly, spicy chicken and marinated shoulder. Their beef is tender and marinated to perfection. We wished we could have ordered more! Overall, we understand why people are always swarming this restaurant, especially during dinnertime as their pricing is quite reasonable for the portion of BBQ meats they offer. Plus, we get the kick out of BBQ-ing our own food! Simply splendid!
This is one of the bigger Korean BBQ restaurants we’ve patronized and there are two types of sitting. The first one is the very traditional styled floor seats, similar to those you watch on Korean television programmes while the other kind of sitting is the usual table style. There’s even a play room with slides, sort of like a mini indoor playground for kids so parents can enjoy their BBQ meats while their kids entertain themselves. We really like that this restaurant is very kid friendly. However, there’s one downside as this restaurant has no suction at each table to suck up the greasy and smokey BBQ air. Hence, you might feel a little suffocated by the smokey air when the restaurant gets crowded. You might also feel hot as there is minimal ventilation within the restaurant.
The friendly and helpful staffs will patiently BBQ the meat for us. There were quite a number of appetizers and their spicy cuttlefish is among the list of our favourites. Two salads with different dressings, as well as, a special pumpkin soup with red bean were served. We really enjoyed the latter as it has a very uniquely sweetness to the soup. For the price that we’re paying for the unlimited BBQ buffet per person, we feel that the quality and quantity given has exceeded our expectations. Each BBQ buffet comes with a main dish per person, of which, you can choose between fried saba fish, clear beef rib soup, spicy soft tofu soup, hot stone bowl rice, soya bean paste soup and cold noodle. We found their hot stone bowl rice a little on the blend side but if their special spicy sauce is added into it, it tastes incredible. We really love their cold noodle, which has generous slices of Korean pear in it and these pear slices were extremely sweet. We find the quality of meat and freshness of their prawns excellent. Overall, this is somewhere that will appeal to families, especially those with kids.
Unlimited BBQ is priced at $29++ (adult) and $16++ (child) for lunch every day, $35++ (adult) and $19++ (child) for dinner from Monday to Thursday and $38++ (adult) and $19++ (child) for dinner on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays and Eves of Public Holidays.
2D1N Soju Bang
Address: 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088467
Phone: 6227 6033
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm (Lunch) and 5.30pm to 3am (Dinner) daily
This is a Korean BBQ restaurant that many have heard of and flock to. Although we arrived around 9pm on a Wednesday (weekday) evening, there were still some people queuing for the BBQ buffet. There are two levels to this restaurant – the first level serves ala-carte styled dishes while the second level is mainly used for customers who opt to have their BBQ buffet. As compared to their sister company, Ssikkek, we feel that 2D1N has done a much better job when it comes to the quality of their meat. Both uses almost the same marinating sauces and same parts of meat from beef, chicken and pork. We feel that the meat offered at 2D1N is tenderer and more succulent and gives out a stronger flavour after marinating. Do not expect much from the ambience as it’s usually packed with large groups of friends or families so it can get quite noisy and rowdy, especially when there are students around.
Since it is a buffet style ($22++ per adult), you get to have unlimited servings of side dishes, meat and even their complimentary ice cream. They offer four different flavours such as yam, chocolate, vanilla and Sorrero (the green one we use to eat as a kid). We really like the yam flavoured ice cream. We feel that it is a great way to end our Korean BBQ.
Ssikkek Korean BBQ
Address: 291 New Bridge Road, #01-01, Oriental Plaza, Singapore 088756
Phone: 6225 6964
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm (Lunch) and 5pm to 10.30pm (Dinner) on weekdays. 11.30am to 10.30pm on weekends and PH
This restaurant is brightly lit and has a very welcoming feel. We like that their interior is spacious as they offer the buffet style of Korean BBQ. There is sufficient room for you to move around and take your desired choice of appetizers, cooked food and meat to BBQ. We really liked their seaweed appetizer, which has a good balance between sweet and savoury taste. There are two soups available, namely the vegetable soup and kimchi soup. We find the former too blend but we really liked the latter, not too spicy but just gives the right kick! With the exception of Japchae, the rest of their dishes are flavourful and satisfying. The cooked foods offered are fried rice, chicken nuggets and fries etc. We realized their fried rice is a hot-seller and runs out very quickly.
As for the range of meat offered, there is chicken galbi, pork belly, pork collar, pork galbi, beef bulgogi, fish, chicken franks, chicken cheese cocktail, pork bacon, beef shortribs and beef shotplate. We find the fish fresh, tender and very well marinated. This is what made them stand out from the other restaurants that don’t offer fish meat for BBQ. Their chicken galbi and pork galbi were very succulent and gives a burst of flavours. Moreover, we would like to commend the service of their staffs. We find it very good as they are all alert and will take note when your BBQ plate turns black. This is when they immediately approach your table and automatically change to a new BBQ plate without you having to ask.
Their pricing ($28 for 2 pax on a weekday lunch) is super reasonable for the quality and quantity of food offered. You can end your meal with unlimited fresh fruits such as watermelon and orange. There is even a complimentary Korean brand of melon ice cream which we’ve never seen before yet, it’s so good we feel that it’s the best melon ice cream we’ve ever tried.
Being located within the lively Clarke Quay, it’s no wonder that this restaurant’s interior moves towards the current industrialist chic design trend. Bricky walls and black interior attracts the younger crowd, especially those who are looking for a place to fill their stomachs before a long night of drinking and clubbing. The restaurant is quite dark, yet exudes a relaxing, laid back kind of vibe. This is perhaps, the only one restaurant that serves kimchi and spicy beansprouts on their BBQ plate, to ensure that these two dishes are constantly warm. There are two kind of dipping sauces offered here for the BBQ meat. The common one is soybean paste but we’re very amazed with their chilli paste, which tasted a little similar to our chicken rice chilli.
We had their signature “8 colours set” ($98) which consisted of 8 different flavoured pork belly. Every order of their “8 colours set” comes with your choice of a stew. There are four normal stews available, which are beef kimchi stew, pork belly kimchi stew, sardine kimchi stew and seafood bean paste stew. The beef kimchi stew we had was too sourish, we couldn’t taste the spice at all. Besides, it was a little too blend for our liking. If customers are more interested in their seafood soft tofu stew and army stew, you have to top up $6 more. We feel it’s not worth topping up more money for stew as the main focus should be placed on their signature meats. The 8 flavoured meat are namely wine, original, garlic, smoked, herb, curry, miso and red pepper paste. We find their herb too blend as the flavour did not come out too strongly. However, we really enjoyed savouring their red pepper paste, wine and curry flavour. We found these flavours unique, yet very well done. After BBQ-ing one round of meat for us, the staffs used a chunk of white radish to suck away the oil before BBQ-ing the next round. This ensures that the meats we get are not too oily, so we really found this BBQ experience very satisfying.
The interior is very simple and spacious. There are both indoor and outdoor sittings. The indoor sitting has suctions which is better as you’ll walk away free from the BBQ smell as compared to their outdoor sitting, which is hot and without any suctions so be prepared to go home with a greasy smell. Although their menu is very limited, we like that all the meat they serve are of top quality. They even offer prawns ($22 add-on). Though normal and not as huge as tiger prawns, they were well marinated and BBQ to perfection.
Upon settling down, a huge tray of assorted vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, green chilli and carrot etc is brought to our table. This is followed by four appetizers namely, watery kimchi, salad, radish kimchi and thinly sliced green onions. We especially like their watery kimchi, which was very appetizing and a great starter. There are two dipping sauces; soybean paste and their signature Woo Samgyup sauce. There is no buffet available here and all BBQ items are ala carte. We had their signature Woo Samgyup beef ($28) and their Haemul Ssamjang ($9) seafood paste with a variety of seafood, which is one of the better dipping sauce for grilled meat. This dipping sauce reminds us of a saltier version of “dou jiang” that Chinese use for their “zhang jiang mian”. If it didn’t taste a tad too salty, it would have been a perfect dip. As compared to the other Korean BBQ restaurants, we find this dipping sauce very special. No doubt that this restaurant is a little pricier than the rest but it’s worth returning to for their quality BBQ meat.
Oh Neul Han Jeom Korean Restaurant
Address: 177 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068625
Phone: 6221 0401
Mobile: 9231 0959
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am to 2.30pm (Lunch) and 6pm to 11pm (Dinner). Closed on Sundays.
Cuisine: Korean BBQ
We did not expect many diners on a weekday night but we were quite shocked to find out that we were Ohneul Hanjeom Korean BBQ Restaurant’s first diners on a Tuesday night. The restaurant is located in a quiet area and perhaps, they are busier during lunch hours. The interior was dimly lit and unlike other Korean restaurants, there were no big-screen televisions playing music videos. The entire feel of this restaurant gives people a very comfortable and homely feel. We like that we feel a little cozy dining here.
The two servers whom we believe to be mother and daughter are very polite and are quick to react whenever we require their services. We really liked their Y. Moksal, marinated pork collar neck with soy sauce ($20). We feel that this pork meat was very well marinated with the right amount of soy sauce such that it doesn’t taste too salty. It was also BBQ to perfection by the servers who took turns BBQ-ing different meats for us. We also like their Woosamgyeop, thin sliced beef short plate with soy sauce ($28). They BBQ it just right, not overcooked hence, the meat was tender and juicy. However, we did not enjoy their chicken bulgogi, spicy chicken ($20) as we feel that the taste doesn’t appeal to our palates. It was not spicy enough as well.
Han Kook Gwan
Address: 26 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088449
Phone: 6224 2881
Email Address: [email protected]
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 6am daily
A place where the local Koreans flock to, no doubt that their food is authentic and traditional. Upon entering this restaurant, we realized that their customers are mostly middle-aged Koreans. Throughout our meal, we noticed more Koreans came by to patronize the restaurant. They were all speaking very loudly in Korean so if you’re looking for an ideal place for business meetings, this definitely would not make it. However, due to its very dim lighting, it does create quite a romantic atmosphere for couples, provided the Koreans are not talking at the top of their voices. The walls are black, with two big screens showing Kpop music videos. Orders are made using Ipad. This is so convenient and saves the servers some time from going table to table and taking down orders manually.
Appetizers are served first, together with their signature steamed egg. We really liked the egg as it was melt-in-your-mouth tender and very fluffy. When the meat is served, the servers will constantly BBQ for us. Although this takes the fun out of BBQ-ing hands on, we like that it’s hassle-free so we could just sit back and enjoy our meal over conversations with our family and friends. Their suction system works very well as we were able to leave the restaurant, free of smelling greasy. Their chicken and pork were marinated very well and simply taste delicious. They BBQ the meat expertly such that we don’t get over or under cooked meat. This would be a place to dine in if you’re looking for authentic food in a Korean setting.
As this Korean BBQ restaurant is located at a newer mall, its interior looks newly furbished and relatively clean and tidy. Its bold and brightly coloured theme with upbeat Korean songs and music videos playing in the background and on their television screens seems to draw the younger crowd here. The size and space of this restaurant is not very big yet, cozy enough for groups of friends and families to enjoy and catch up. As the shopping mall itself does not have a lot of human traffic, this restaurant is quite quiet too. Good place to chill and take your time to savour their BBQ meat. However, do take note that it gets really noisy around 3pm as the students studying in nearby school will flock here due to the restaurant’s reasonably priced BBQ sets.
The pricing for group BBQ set lunches are very affordable at $12.80++ per pax. They also offer all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet at a relatively low price too. If you have ordered their sets, you can add on other meats or seafood at an even lower price as compared to when you just order these meats or seafood off from their ala carte menu. We like the Dakdari (boneless chicken leg) which was very well marinated, tender and tasty. The chicken skin was silky smooth, with the right amount of fats and chewy texture. We also like their Seau (prawns) which were fresh. However, we find their beef and pork on the average side. They have a side dish “bar” whereby you get to refill your desired side dishes as many times as it pleases you. The staffs are very helpful and are quick in serving up your orders and tending to your needs and requests.
Hansang Izakaya & Charcoal Barbecue
Address: 20 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore 277679
Phone: 6464 5238
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10pm daily
It’s an ideal location if you’re looking for a place where you can share food and hold conversations with friends and family. After a filling meal of Korean BBQ, you can even stroll over to the Holland Village pubs to chill. There are indoor seatings on Level 1 and 2 and outdoor seatings only on Level 1. According to the staffs, Level 2 was opened to all guests in the past but they have converted it only for VIP dining now. Service was very slow and the staffs don’t seem to be paying attention to your needs. They took their own sweet time to prepare the BBQ and the meat we ordered. We overheard the table behind us complaining about them being too slow and inefficient. The staffs’ attitude was average.
As for the food, you can choose between ala carte BBQ and BBQ sets. At certain timings, they offer all-you-can-eat BBQ buffets too. We went for the buffet ($36.80+/pax) which consists of unlimited Dak Dari (marinated chicken meat), unlimited Samgyubsal (layered pork belly), unlimited Daeji Garbi (marinated pork rib and collar meat) and only one portion of Dungsim (marinated US prime choice ribeye). We feel that their beef was disappointing as the marination was too bland and not flavoursome enough. However, their pork rib, pork collar meat and pork belly are well marinated and delicious. Their marinated chicken meat also appealed to our taste buds.
Address: 75 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088496
Phone: 6224 0504
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm (Lunch) and 5.30pm to 12am (Dinner) daily
There are too many Korean BBQ located along Tanjong Pagar and sad to say, we realize that Super Star K does not have many customers patronizing and their restaurant is relatively quiet. The interior looks very simple and alike to most Korean restaurants, with the round silver-ish tables and suctions above each table. The walls are all black, like most Korean restaurants. Although their customer traffic is not as high as compared to some other Korean BBQ restaurants, the employees were still approachable and helpful. They are still doing their job efficiently, with polite smiles plastered on their faces.
The food menu has more flavours of marination such as black pepper, seasoned, salty etc. They offer more marinating sauces for their meat as compared to other Korean BBQ restaurants whereby the usual marination are just spicy or non-spicy. The beef meat here is very well done, huge and juicy. This is very generous of the restaurant, which caused us to enjoy savouring their BBQ meat even more. Their menu is also more extensive as compared to other Korean BBQ restaurants. It is reasonably priced as well, and their meat costs relatively lower as compared to other Korean BBQ restaurants that serve BBQ meat ala carte style.
Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant
Address: 130/132/134 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 058832
Phone: 6221 3001
Opening Hours: Mon 12pm to 3am. Tue-Sun 10am to 3am
Located in a corner along Tanjong Pagar Road, Guiga seems to have more customer traffic even though they are not as established as 2D1N and some other Korean BBQ along this stretch of road. This might be due to their huge signboard which is coloured in bright orange that draws people’s attention. Their interior is also brightly lit and the environment is quite clean and peaceful. There are suctions at all the tables and these suctions work very well. They only offer ala carte style of BBQ meat, no buffet but they do have BBQ sets.
We had their BBQ Set C ($69), consisting of prime beef ribs, marinated prime beef short ribs, 5mm sliced pork belly and marinated pork ribs. The serving was quite generous but the downside was that we found the quality and marination of average standard. For the price that we are paying for the sets, we would rather walk further down to have BBQ buffet at 2D1N. We felt that the appetizers here tasted better than their BBQ meat, which was a very sad thing. There was an egg roll appetizer that left us with a deep impression as it tasted wonderful but was sold out very quickly. We managed to ask for refill for a couple of times and after that, they informed us that they have run out of these very delicious egg rolls.
Singkoba Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant
Address: 155/157 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068611
Phone: 6221 2639
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am to 12am. Sun 5pm to 12am
The interior of this restaurant is similar to that of most Korean restaurants, very simple looking with black walls and minimal decorations all around and big televisions playing Korean music and music videos. We expected this restaurant to be crazily packed on a Saturday night but to our surprise, it was quite empty when we stepped foot into it around 8pm. One glance told us that this place was for small groups of 3-4pax. Perhaps, the maximum number of people per group is 5 or else you might have to split table and be seated separately.
No buffet is offered here, all dishes and BBQ meats are ala carte style. They do offer five different BBQ sets. We had Set C ($68). Their seasoned beef ribs, pork belly, marinated pork ribs and soy sauce chicken set is just sufficient to feed 2-3 pax. We found the meat average but we really enjoyed the steamed egg served. Service was a little slow here and there weren’t many employees around. The employees will BBQ the meat for you but they can never get the beef BBQ to our liking. It’s always too cooked and too tough. We prefer it to be more on the medium-rare side. We feel that beef shouldn’t be BBQ for such a long time such that it doesn’t taste tender and juicy anymore.
SuPulae Korean Restaurant
Address: 80/82 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088501
Phone: 6225 2248
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am to 2.30pm (Lunch) and 5pm to 12am (Dinner). Fri 11.30am to 2.30pm (Lunch) and 5pm to 2am (Dinner). Sat 5pm to 2am. Sun 5pm to 12am
Supulae has a very good location and is almost always crowded. The ambience is quite relaxed, with simple interior which gives people a homely feel, but the tables and chairs are placed very closely together, such that some people might find it uncomfortable to chat to their friends or families about certain personal topics as they are afraid that others might be able to eavesdrop. The noise level at Supulae is very loud but this is what makes the restaurant lively. There are suctions at each table which work really well so you will not leave the restaurant smelling greasy.
The employees are all very friendly and helpful and will automatically change the BBQ plates when they turn black as well as, take initiative in topping up your side dishes. Supulae has efficient service level and their employees know the product (BBQ meat) very well as they are able to explain and point out which meat was marinated with which sauces.
The meat here is well marinated and the beef is especially juicy. They are the only ones that offer unlimited BBQ Korean rice cakes. Their Korean BBQ buffet is affordably priced, with approximately ten varieties of different meat with different marination. The Kimchi soup and steamed egg were very appetizing and tasty.
Address: 87 Killiney Road, Singapore 239533
Phone: 6225 2248
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am to 3pm (Lunch) and 5.30pm to 10.30pm (Dinner). Sat&Sun 5.30pm to 10.30pm
Miss Korea has a dimly-lit interior with simple black walls. Its vibrancy is brought out by the graffiti on the walls, with pictures of Korean food and places of interest in Korea. These pictures allow guests to get a glimpse of how Korea is like, as a tourist destination. The space was not very big but it was quite packed on a weekday afternoon, perhaps due to the office lunch crowd. There was only one staff on duty, probably shorthanded, so you need to be patient while waiting for your orders to be served up. There is suction at each table, which works really well so use it if you do not want to step out of the restaurant smelling greasy.
BBQ buffet is affordably priced at $19.50++ (adults/lunch), $22.90++ (adults/Sun-Thu dinner) and $24.90++ (adults/Fri, Sat & PH). This is a good place for gatherings as it’s not too expensive yet the buffet offers approximately ten unlimited BBQ items to choose from. Beef Bulgogi, Supulae Marinated Pork Steak with Soju and Salt and Chicken Bulgogi with Spicy Sauce are the highlights for the Korean BBQ buffet. The meat used is fresh and came in the right proportion and thinness/thickness. They smell heavenly when grilled and tasted succulent and full of flavours. Korean steamed egg, Kimchi soup and Bean Paste soup are also included in the BBQ buffet. The steamed egg is very fluffy and light, a little saltish but still, tasty. If you are a big eater, do note that rice is free flow here too! End off your meal with a Korean melon ice cream.
Address: 76 Amoy Street, Singapore 069895
Phone: 6423 1040
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm (Lunch) and 5.30pm to 10.30pm (Dinner) daily.
BBQ World’s interior is again, similar to that of the usual Korean BBQ restaurants. However, as it is buffet style BBQ, there is a corner where all the side dishes, meat, cooked dishes and soups are placed at for customers to take whatever they desire. All the way from drinks to food to the BBQ-ing part, customers will have to do all hands-on. The staffs will only approach you when you call for them, such as when you request them to change your BBQ plates as it has turned too black. Their service standard is very average and they are not alert. Most of the staffs kept going back to their kitchen and seldom appear so we had to wait for awhile or even walk to the kitchen to inform them of our requests.
Beginning with their appetizers/side dishes, we felt that their Kimchi soup was very bland. The only saviour for the soup was its tofu which was silky soft and had a really nice texture. Their Korean rice cake was not to our liking as it tastes too flour-ish. None of the appetizers stood out for us. We liked their cherry tomatoes as it was really sweet and juicy. If you feel too sinful indulging in too much BBQ meat, you can munch on these cherry tomatoes. The cooked food was average. Though the variety of meat and marinating sauces were vast, we felt that none is worth mentioning or recommending as their quality wise and taste wise was very average. This place might be value-for-money but we did not enjoy the food.
Address: 44 Mosque Street, #01-01, Singapore 059522
Phone: 6532 6949
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am to 3pm (Lunch) and 5.30pm to 10.30pm (Dinner). Closed on Sundays
The interior of this place feels very cosy and provides an environment that is comfortable for families. There is one VIP room so small corporate meetings can be held over a Korean meal inside. Although they are known for their BBQ meats, they only offer three different types of beef and pork. There are Samgyeopsal – grilled pork belly ($19), Galbitsal (beef rib meat) and Jumulleok – grilled beef with soy sauce ($32) of which, the first and third are very popular dishes at Jang Won. We found the pork belly slightly over-grilled and a little too tough. On the other hand, the beef was tender and tasty. The variety of choices is very limited.
There is no BBQ plates nor charcoal stove fixed on the tables. Their chefs will BBQ the meat you ordered in their kitchen before serving you on normal plates. The advantage of not having to BBQ hands-on and not having the greasy smoke in the air is that you’ll walk out of this restaurant smelling as good as when you first stepped foot inside. There are other dishes available and mostly are stir-fried hotplate and stew dishes. The highlight of our meal was their Godeungeo gui – grilled mackerel ($14). This fish was very fresh, with meat so tender. We like that the exterior skin was very crispy, with the right amount of flavour while the interior was soft and savoury.
Out of the Korean BBQs that we have gone to in Singapore, we noticed that other than Ju Shin Jung, Chang is another restaurant that offers the traditional floor and mat/cushion seating area. It was extremely crowded on a Friday night so reservations are recommended. They do welcome walk-in guests but the wait is quite long, perhaps 20-30 minutes so you have to be patient. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas. The ambience is quiet outdoors so it is perfect for couples to date whereas indoors can be relatively noisy and over-crowded due to the number of guests. The employees are efficient and will refill your side dishes generously.
The meat was fresh but not well cut nor well marinated. The serving portion for 2-3 pax was very small and insufficient yet, we had to pay such a high price for the meat. We feel that the quantity is not worth the price. The employees here will offer to BBQ the meat for you but you have the choice to BBQ the meat yourself as well, just let the employees know. There is no suction system available indoors so you would leave with the greasy smell in your hair and on your clothes.
Having tried quite a number of Korean BBQ in Singapore, my personal favourites are Seorae and Wang Dae Bak. Don’t the pictures look enticing enough? Time to grab some friends and family and head down to any of the listed Korean BBQs near your place to enjoy a carnivorous feast!
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