Seorae – King of the Grill with a Sizzling New Menu
Ask any of your family members or friends if they know any Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore, and I bet they will be able to name at least 2 or 3. Here’s the thing: Singaporeans love Korean BBQ, but do they know the stories behind that sizzling charcoal grill or prime meat cuts? We headed to SEORAE to find out more for you guys.
Fans of Korean cuisine rejoice! Popular Korean Charcoal BBQ SEORAE sizzles up its mouth-watering selection with exciting new additions, sets for sharing and a merry array of soju cocktails and makkoli mixes that guarantees good times all round. Inspired by her love for Korean dramas and BBQ, Managing Director Wilyawati Tjiu left her previous corporate position to bring the brand to Singapore.
Although not the biggest fan of alcoholic beverages, I marveled at their newly created Pineapple Cocktail ($22.90) which features a whole pineapple that’s spiked with soju. Get ready to fall in love with this refreshing drink armed with a nice alcoholic punch. For diners who prefer Soju, original and grape-flavoured ones are available. If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, like me, you can opt for Barley Tea.
Used to grill its signature meats, such as the galmaegisal, to perfection, SEORAE’s special ‘circle grilling’ technique also allows you to dig into silky steamed egg and fiery grilled kimchi at the same time. While diners can pay a small price for 4 additional rounds of velvety-smooth cheese ($2) on grill, diners will receive 4 complimentary rounds of fluffy steamed egg with every grill set.
We can’t stop dipping our meats into the layer of melted cheese. The creaminess is hard to resist. You’ll be glad to know that SEORAE uses authentic top-notch white charcoal which gives a stronger smoky flavour to their meats.
SEORAE’s signature Galmaegisal Pork skirt meat ($21.90) is simply divine! According to Tjiu, SEORAE is the first to bring Galmaegisal into Singapore. Also known as pork skirt meat, the Galmaegisal is a unique 250 grams cut found between the ribs and the belly of the pig. Said to have been served exclusively to the Royal Family of Korea in ancient times, SEORAE now offers this highly prized meat to all.
Tjiu shared with us that each Galmaegisal is marinated and massaged in-house exclusively for 30 minutes under cold temperature to retain its moisture and juicy goodness. Not only was the marination of the Galmaegisal well balanced, every bite of this premium meat was also consistently juicy and succulent.
We also had the Spicy Samgyeobsal Pork belly ($17.90). With just the right amount of meat and fat, each piece of meat nicely charred and tender. This is one dish that you must not miss.
Rivaling the Woosamgyeob beef cut is my personal favourite: the La Galbi Prime beef short-ribs ($29.90). The La Galbi is so tender and moist, and the sweet marinate on this thinly sliced beef is simply heavenly!
Feast on this melt-in-your-mouth goodness that is the beautifully marbled Jinkkotsal Wagyu beef boneless short-rib ($29.90 for Prime, $37.90 for Wagyu). Don’t forget to coat the short-rib with cheese.
Remember to enjoy the Woosamgyeob Beef shortplate ($22.90) in a Korean Ssam style by dipping it into the sauces and wrapping the mix all up with a piece of crunchy fresh lettuce.
If you’re craving for a good army stew, why not try the Budae Jjigae Army stew ($35.90 for ala carte, $26.90 with a minimum order of 2 grill meats at regular price) which comes with a choice of pork or beef! Though recommended for 2 persons, you can easily share the generous serving with a party of 3 or 4. Indulge in a spread of fish cakes, tteokboki rice cakes, beans, fresh vegetables, sausages, spam and bacon cooked in SEORAE’s special Gochujang Red Chilli paste sauce for a belly good time!
Also new to SEORAE’s menu is the Cheese Mandu Tteokbokki sharing set ($35.90 for ala carte, $26.90 with a minimum order of 2 grill meats at regular price), which offers glutinous Korean rice cakes and fried fish cake cooked in a spicy, thick hot sauce. I’d definitely recommend the interesting corn-cheese dumplings, which has a creamy corn filling encased in a crunchy shell.
A recent addition to SEORAE’s menu is the Kkochi Platter ($21.90 for ala carte, $14.90 with a minimum order of 2 grill meats at regular price), which serves up an assortment of meat and vegetable skewers inspired by charcoal grilled Korean street food. With an array of addictive fillings such as melted cheese, kimchi and spicy enoki wrapped in samgyeobsal (premium pork belly) or woosamgyeob (US prime beef shoortplate), the Kkochi Platter is perfect for sharing.
What’s more, diners can now enjoy a fuss-free lunch in affordable lunch sets (starting from $10.90 with free drinks and side dishes) of popular Korean meals such as Kkochi Platters, Budae Jjigae, Seoul Bulgogi and Dolsot Bibimbap that are perfect for sharing. BBQ meats are 20% off during lunch, and the best part is, you can even ask their friendly servers to grill your meats, so rest assured that you’re able to head back to your office without smelling of smoke. Moreover, the side dishes are free and refillable!
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My personal experience at SEORAE has been nothing but exceptional! From the perfectly grilled meats to the oh-so scrumptious choices of Korean cuisine, and even the smallest gestures like offering diners Febreze to eliminate the smoke scent before they leave. Just take note of their break time (no Grill) on weekdays from 3pm to 5pm!
This post was brought to you by SEORAE Korean Charcoal BBQ.