As omnivores, we love meat, especially those that are cooked to perfection- juicy, tender and flavourful. In order to enjoy the real flavour of the meat, the best ways are by roasting or barbequing them, and Korean joints do the best jobs.
Not only do Korean BBQ places serve a variety of meat ranging from pork, chicken or beef, but also the availability of side dishes (known as ban chan) will blow your mind away. In most Korean places, at least five different ban chan are served, all of which are complementary and refillable! Talk about generosity. If meat can’t fill you up, the side dishes will.
Here are 7 different Korean restaurants that are worth your money and time.
1. 2D1N Soju Bang Korean Restaurant
A classic and authentic Korean bbq buffet is found here, at 2D1N. Though the restaurant gets a little stuffy, the delicious spread of meat and side dishes at reasonable prices make up for it. Known for the long queue of people, it’s advisable to make a reservation if you do not wish to wait an hour for a table. If you’re up for supper, 2D1N open tills two in the morning.
Never once did the shop’s exterior appeal to me, but once I entered the back of the restaurant, the smell of barbeque meat hit me and got me feeling hungry. A good feature about this restaurant is the presence of a smoke vent, which helps to reduce the chances of your clothes and belongings smelling of char meat. It’s also one of the few Korean joints that offer red vinegar (free somemore!) drink, which surprisingly tastes good!
3. E!ght Korean BBQ
E!ght Korean BBQ is known for its impeccable ambience, service, ventilation and food. The signature 8 Colours Set ($98), suitable for 3-4 pax, offers thick-cut pork belly seasoned in eight different flavours- wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso, and red pepper paste. With two different grills on the table, meat can be cooked simultaneously and the hollow metal seats allow patrons to store their belongings. No more fear of having bags that smell of smoked meat. Though it is at a pricier end, E!ght Korean BBQ’s service and quality of food make up for it.
4. I’m Kim Korean BBQ
I’m Kim is probably the of the most affordable KBBQ in Singapore. With the influx of schools within the area, the restaurant is very popular among students, especially during lunchtime, where there is an ongoing student promo for weekday lunch buffet. Everything is self-service and for someone who only eats kimchi, having the option to pick what I want is much better than wasting the rest of the ban chan served.
5. Ju Shin Jung Korean Resturant
Ju Shin Jung is the first Korean BBQ restaurant in Singapore and over the years, they have gained loyal followers, both locally and native Koreans. They provide excellent service that includes grilling the meat, so for all the lazy people out there, you get to sit back and watch. However, during the peak hours, staff may get too busy, so you need to cook the meat. You may choose between buffet or the Al Carte option.
Due to the spacious interior, it’s perfect for big groups or families. Being a family-orientated restaurant, they dedicated a section by converting it into a playroom, which includes ball pit and a mini slide.
6. Super Star K
Tanjong Pagar has a long stretch of Korean bbq joints and probably due to its name, Super Star K stands out the most. Even though Super Star K can be quite pricey, the cosy interior and the roundtable provided a true blue Korean experience you won’t regret. All the staff are Koreans but are able to speak fluent English. Do take note they don’t take in reservations during peak hours.
7. Wang Dae Bak
Within an enclave of restaurants and bistros, Wang Dae Bak offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The round metal table (I have this thing with round metal table) and wooden doors create the ambience of an authentic BBQ joint just like the ones in Korea. Using charcoal as a heating element, it adds a special taste to the grilled meat that can only be achieved through charcoal cooking.
Depending on what you order, there are set meals and Al Carte menu available, and there is a plus side! Free flow of eggs! I kid you not. Eggs batter was poured onto the side grill and cooked till fluffy and soft.
Korean bbq is not the same without soju. If you’re up for it, play a round of soju bomb with your friends while enjoying all the delicious meat. If the real deal is too much to handle, ordered the flavoured soju or the well-known watermelon soju.
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