Calling all carnivores! Please join us in indulging in Korean BBQ as we share our list of favourites with you.
We know so many of you have professed your love for Korean BBQ, and yes, we love a good meat feast too. Or a smokey affair at that. You know, that satisfaction when a whole galore of meat unfolds before you, and you just eat like there is no tomorrow. Of course, to neutralize the sin, we eat more kimchi to aid digestion, and we order stews to share.
But hey, life is too short to waste your calories on lousy food. We say just go all out on Korean BBQ, and party with all those damn meats! Here is our take on Singapore’s Best Korean BBQ Restaurants. You are welcome.
#1 2D1N SOJU BANG KOREAN RESTAURANT
Long queues are formed outside the Tanjong Pagar outlet daily during dinner hours. 2D1N Soju Bang Korean Restaurant may be a small outlet, but its menu sure excites. Other than the ubiquitous Beef Short Ribs (S$22 per 200g) and Pork Belly (S$18 per 200g), 2D1N has very interesting items such as Spicy Ox Tail Stew (S$40), Stir-fried Squid with Kimchi and Pork Belly (S$30) and Spicy Fish Stew (S$35).
46 Tanjong Pagar Rd #01-01
Tel: +65 6227 6033
Daily: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 12midnight
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar/Outram Park
#2 8 KOREAN BBQ
8 Korean BBQ is a modern Korean BBQ restaurant that is famous for its 8 Colours Set (S$98) which features Mangalitza pork belly in 8 flavours – wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso paste, red pepper paste. In addition to the pork belly, 8 Korean BBQ also serves USDA Prime (S$38 to S$58) and Kagoshima Wagyu (S$78 to S$110).
You should also get a Korean Stew to go along with the BBQ meat. Options include Beef Kimchi Stew (S$18), Seafood Soft Tofu Stew (S$24), but we highly recommend the Army Stew (S$24).
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#02-79 The Central
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
Tel: +65 8692 1188
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
#3 BLUE GARDEN KOREAN BBQ
Located on the ground floor of Link Hotel at Tiong Bahru is Blue Garden, and the bulgogi here is crazily delicious. It was our favourite among all the meats, but that said, Blue Garden still has a pretty wide spread to offer. The side dishes were pretty run-out-of-the-mill, so we’d suggest to skip that and save your tummy space for meat. And more meat.
#01-07, Link Hotel
50 Tiong Bahru Road
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Tiong Bahru/Outram Park
#4 BORNGA KOREAN BBQ RESTAURANT
This is a slightly pricier option, but trust us – quality comes with a price and it is worth paying for prime meat. Bornga sits on the second level of Vivo City, and if you are lucky enough to get the seats by the side, you’ll enjoy dinner with a view of Sentosa.
Over on the menu, the BBQ meat selection ranges from S$22 to S$45. We loved the Kimchi Jjigae (S$15) and Bibimbap (S$15). And what we really like about Bornga is the experience – they serve you a whole selection of veggies and chillies, as with premium salt and sauces to complement your BBQ meats.
1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: +65 6376 8268
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
#5 DAESSIKSIN KOREAN BBQ RESTAURANT
Opened by the folks behind Ministry of Food, you can expect Daessiksin to be an affordable joint for casual dining. The Korean BBQ buffet includes beef short ribs, beef short plate, beef ribeye, beef bulgogi, pork belly, pork collar, pork marinated ribs, and chicken bulgogi, an assortment of side dishes as well as free flow of drinks.
Lunch: S$14.90++ (Mon to Fri), S$24.90 (Sat, Sun & PH)
Dinner: S$24.90++ (Daily)
277 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6702 7427
Nearest Station: Somerset
K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet at Orchard Central is one of the most affordable Korean BBQ buffet restaurants in Singapore. On weekdays, the Korean BBQ buffet is S$14.90++ /pax for lunch, and S$24.90++/pax for dinner.
During dinner, you can find a selection of meats like marinated pork collar, chicken, pork belly, pork collar, marinated beef short rib, beef bulgogi, beef plate eye and marinated beef ribeye, while lunch has considerately lesser beef options. Granted, the quality and variety of meat are not the best, but given the prices, there is really nothing to complain about.
Lunch: S$14.90++ (Mon to Fri), S$24.90++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH).
Dinner: S$24.90++ (Mon to Thu), S$26.90++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH).
#07-01, Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6884 7282
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
If you like Korean BBQ buffet and do not mind paying slightly more, then Han Geun Doo Geun Korean BBQ Buffet Restaurant, an under-the-radar outlet at Chinatown Point, is for you. Well, they may not have the cheapest buffet prices (S$26.90++ for lunch, S$36.90++ for dinner) in town, but hold your horses and do not just strike them off your list yet. Let us tell you why.
Not only does Han Geun Doo Geun serve a selection of decent meats, it also has a buffet station with 12 to 14 banchan (side dishes) that you can stuff yourself silly with. AND, ala carte servings of noodles, bibimbap, topokki, and Korean soups and stews.
Lunch: Child S$19.90++, Adult S$26.90++
Dinner: Child S$29.90++, Adult S$36.90++
133 New Bridge Road #02-35 Chinatown Point
Tel: +65 6538 2775
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown
#8 MIDNIGHT HOUSE
A pretty nondescript outlet along Mohammed Sultan, Midnight House is one of those under-the-radar Korean BBQ restaurant and one that we go to when we want to avoid the crazy crowds in town. Nothing fanciful about this place; just your regular meats and side dishes, but we love its simplicity and how the service is very prompt.
Over on the menu, you have your usuals – Beef Rib (S$32), Pork Belly (S$21) and Black Pork (S$29). And what warmed our hearts so was the Soybean Paste Stew (S$15). It is definitely one of the best stews we’ve tried in Singapore.
33 Mohamed Sultan Road
Tel: +65 6733 8334
Daily: 6pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut/Clarke Quay
#9 SSIKKEK KOREAN GRILL BBQ BUFFET
More known for their weekday Korean BBQ lunch buffets, Ssikkek Korean Grill – owned by the guys behind 2D1N Soju Bang – offers a value-for-money dining experience. At S$14.90++ per adult, expect a variety of beef, pork, and chicken meats alongside vegetables, and side dishes like kimchi pancake, sweet potatoes and salad.
Lunch: S$14++ (Mon to Fri), S$24++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH)
Dinner: S$22++ (Mon to Thu), S$24++ (Fri to Sun, Eve of PH, & PH)
101 Thomson Road
#B1-15/16/17 United Square
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Novena
#10 SUPER STAR K
One of the most popular Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore, Super Star K specialises in using charcoal grill for its Korean BBQ, and the authentic dining experience explains its popularity among Singaporeans and tourists alike. Perpetually packed and crowded, dinner might have to come with a little wait, but we will tell you it is going to be worth the while.
We ordered a variety of dishes like Sliced Pork BBQ (S$18), Pork Belly BBQ (S$18), Spicy Chicken BBQ (S$18), Black Pepper Chicken (S$18), Pork Bulgogi (S$18), Seafood Pancake (S$25) and Soy Bean Paste Stew (S$12). Everything was great, and there was nothing much to pick on. The quality of the meat wasn’t anything to get excited about, but they were well-marinated and the servers are all dedicated to BBQ-ing them for you.
75 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 6224 0504
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar
#11 WANG DAE BAK
What makes Wang Dae Bak stand out from most of the Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore is its use of charcoal to grill the meat. Besides the usual Pork Belly (S$18) and Spicy Marinated Chicken (S$18), Wang Dae Bak also offers other meat selection including Beef Tongue (S$28), Boneless Prime Rib (S$28) and Herb Wine Pork Belly (S$20).
The menu is not just restricted to Korean BBQ meat. You can also find the classic Korean dishes such as Kimchi Pancake (S$18), Seafood Bean Paste Soup (S$15), and Spicy Rice Cake (S$6).
98 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 6226 0450
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer/Raffles Place
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