7 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Singapore Right Now
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January 02, 2023
The Korean Wave, also known as “Hallyu”, has captured the fascination of Singapore following its successful reign in China and Japan. In every corner of the island, you’ll find fans of K-pop, K-drama, and Korean skincare, BUT! If we had to pick our favorite among Korea’s gifts to the rest of the world, all our votes would go to – drum roll, please…Korean Barbecue!
KBBQ, as it is fondly called, easily turns any meal into a colorful feast with its variety of meats, an assortment of side dishes or banchan, and, of course, soju. We rounded up the 7 best Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore [2023 review] for all of you Hallyu fans (like us!).
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- 8 Flavors Mangalitsa Pork Belly: Pork belly in its pure, natural state already tastes good, but 8 Korean BBQ elevates its goodness by marinating it in seven nutritious flavors: red wine, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso paste, and gochujang or red pepper paste. It’s no ordinary pork belly, either. Mangalitsa pork belly has higher marbling, thanks to zero use of additive hormones and its all-organic diet of nuts and vegetables.
- 12 Flavors of Makgeolli: Koreans love pairing their barbecue with alcohol. Makgeolli is a traditional sweet-sour rice wine that serves as a perfect palate cleanser between bites of KBBQ.
- Housemade Korean Side Dishes, Sauces, and Dips: To be able to have authentic Korean side dishes, sauces, and dips at home? Yes, please! 8 Korean BBQ and Joo Bar partner up to offer Joo Mun Chy in jars – delicious Korean sides and sauces such as kimchi, gochujang, ssamjang, bibimbap sauce, and cuttlefish.
MENU: 8 Korean BBQ’s menu is easy to navigate: 4 signature combos to choose from, an ala carte selection of premium pork and beef, an assortment of traditional dishes, and a kickass burger. A lunch specials menu is currently in the works and is surely going to be perfect for employees who fancy a quick indulgence during their break.
- 8 Flavors Pork Belly
- Prime Beef Combo
- Steamed Kimchi with Pork Stew
- Ktown Smash Burger
LOOK & FEEL: 8 Korean BBQ at The Central has an industrial-chic vibe going, with indoor and al fresco dining options.
NOTE: If you don’t think you should be cooking food that you’re paying for in a restaurant, you can request 8 Korean BBQ’s friendly wait staff to grill your meats for you.
- Buses: 2, 12, 33, 51, 54 (2-min walk from Clarke Quay Station Exit E)
- Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay MRT (NE5, take Exit G – The Central)
- Kurobuta or Berkshire Pork: If you’ve never had Kurobuta pork, you are in for a treat. The taste of Kurobuta is so distinct that it lingers in your palate for a while, perhaps never leaving at all. Regarded by chefs across the globe as the “Wagyu” of pork, Kurobuta has intense flavor and marbling; it seriously doesn’t need much else but a tiny dash of salt and pepper.
- Australia Wagyu and USDA Prime Beef: Hanjip enforces the same high standards when it comes to beef. Imagine the greatness of Australia Wagyu and USDA Prime Beef made even greater by Hanjip’s delicate aging process, resulting in melt-in-your-mouth succulence that bursts with flavor.
- One of the biggest KBBQ restaurants in Singapore: Spanning over 5,000 square feet in size, Hanjip can accommodate hundreds of diners yearning for an indulgent KBBQ experience. They also offer private dining options for intimate group celebrations.
- Meat Platter
- Marinated Pork Collar
- Ginseng Chicken
- Braised Pork Trotters
LOOK & FEEL: Hanjip has an Old-World charm to it, with sophisticated black and gold details and marble floor and tabletops that make you feel like you’ve stepped into a secret club. It has a huge dining area where tables are widely spaced from one another. The result? You don’t end up smelling like grilled meat once you step out.
NOTE: Not keen on eating out just yet? Hanjip offers delivery and takeaway service to cure your KBBQ cravings.
- Buses: 147, 166, 197, 51, 80 (1-min walk from Clarke Quay Station Exit E)
- Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NE5)
- Headed by celebrity chef Jong Paik: Chef Baek is a household name in South Korea, hosting three popular TV shows including Baek Jong-won’s Top 3 Chef King. His rise to stardom was fueled by his lifelong aspiration of making the rest of the world fall in love with traditional Korean cuisine. Every dish at Bornga is an expression of his passion for their local culinary culture.
- Choose from 11 Korean BBQ Specialties: Bornga’s assortment of KBBQ items include different cuts, kinds, and flavors of pork and beef, shrimp, and vegetables. Of course, a must-try is the classic Woo Samgyup, a masterpiece of Chef Baek himself.
- All-Korean menu: Bornga presents an all-Korean menu – traditional stews, rice and noodle dishes, side dishes, and barbecue – that is well-loved in over 50 locations. This is proof that Chef Baek has more than succeeded in his goal to introduce Korean cuisine outside Korea.
- Woo Samgyup
- Haemul Pa Jeon
- Haemul Dduk Jjim
- Bornga Bulgogi
LOOK & FEEL: Feel free to keep it casual at Bornga to truly enjoy a no-frills authentic Korean dining experience.
NOTE: Bornga’s menu changes from time to time, so don’t be shy to ask the wait staff – you just might be in for a yummy surprise.
- Buses: 10, 143, 61, 97, 97E (3-min walk from Vivo City Shuttle Bus Stop)
- Nearest MRT: HarbourFront (NE1|CC29)
- Over 40 meats and dishes to choose from: Whether you want to stick to the classics or explore new options, the wide variety of dishes at Oppa will surely delight you. This is especially perfect for impatient diners who can’t wait to eat in between grilling their barbecue.
- Assortment of Korean liquor at grocery prices: If you’re a fan of K-drama, you would know that KBBQ and alcohol are a match made in heaven. At Oppa, you can enjoy well-loved brands of Korean beer, soju, and makgolli at grocery prices.
- In-store Korean grocery: No need to hie off to Koreatown to stock up on your favorite K-treats such as chips, nuts, instant ramyun and jjamppong, fruit juices, and, of course, the well-loved fish ice cream.
- Black Angus Beef Short Plate (Seasonal)
- Pork Galbi
- Spicy Jjamppong Ramen
- Korean Fried Chicken
PRO TIP: Wear something comfy when you dine-in at Oppa because you’ll be making a lot of trips from your table to the buffet station.
NOTE: Oppa Korean BBQ Buffet loves giving promos and discounts, so be on the lookout for even greater deals.
- Buses: 105, 334, 335, 51, 52, 718, 98 (2-min walk from Jurong Gateway Road)
- Nearest MRT: Jurong East (EW24|NS1)
- Located in the colorful Tanjong Pagar: A visit to 2D1N doesn’t have to be all about dining because Tanjong Pagar itself is an interesting destination. The place was historically a sleeping village, with most of its charming architecture still wonderfully intact. Pro tip: take a stroll around Tanjong Pagar and marvel at the art and architecture to start burning that hearty 2D1N KBBQ feast.
- Affordable premium meat combos: The mouthwatering selection of meats include Wagyu loin steak, beef short ribs, and black pork belly. You can choose to go all-beef, beef-pork combo, and chicken-pork combo. Any combo you choose comes with complimentary dishes and, of course, the requisite banchan.
- Deliciously fun Korean treats with a twist: With its depth and complexity of flavors, Korean cuisine can’t ever be boring! At 2D1N, it gets even more exciting. Try their East-meets-West dishes such as bulgogi fries, carbonara tteokbokki, and kimchi pancake.
- Wagyu Loin Steak
- Spicy Chicken Feet
- Sea Snail Salad
- Sulguk Hangover Soup
LOOK & FEEL: The frosted glass doors may seem intimidating but once you get inside 2D1N, you will ease into the unassuming brick-lined interiors, all ready to feast.
NOTE: Get more value for your money by asking the staff about their ongoing promotions.
- Buses: 143, 162, 166, 851
- Nearest MRT: Novena (NS20)
- Premium A4 Wagyu Beef: What’s so special about A4 Wagyu? It is the second highest-rated Wagyu beef, which means luscious marbling that smoothly glides in your mouth to release a superior umami flavor.
- Iberico Bellota and Duroc Pork: Often described by meat connoisseurs as “superior to Wagyu beef”, Iberico Bellota is honored as one of the most opulent meats in the world. Black Iberian pigs are fed an almost-exclusive diet of acorns, which results in meat that has a distinctive earthy/nutty flavor with unbelievable marbling. Duroc pork is another supreme delicacy, a heritage breed with an enticing red color, crisp and clean flavor, and spectacular marbling.
- Healthful Black Rice: In keeping with the luxurious theme of its menu, PUJIM upgraded its rice dishes to black rice. Superior to white rice, black rice is gluten-free, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and is good for the eyes and the heart.
- PUJIM Shovel (consists of A4 Wagyu ribeye, prime Black Angus boneless short rib, Iberico Bellota pork collar and rib finger, and Duroc pork belly)
- Kimchi Jjim
- Yangpunyi Bibimbap
LOOK & FEEL: PUJIM BBQ has an upbeat, youthful vibe to it – a black “unfinished” industrial vibe with neon pink light fixtures that seem to have jumped straight out of the newest K-Pop music video.
NOTE: If you’re intrigued by all the buzz about PUJIM but a bit strapped for cash, go for their affordable lunch sets – start at S$18.20.
- Buses: 10, 655, 97E (3-min walk from Telok Ayer Station)
- Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT18)
- 90-minute Unlimited Ssak3 Buffet: Buffets are an excellent way of getting value for your money. For only S$29.90, you get a free-flow serving of Duroc honeycomb pork belly, beef short plate, marinated pork, and marinated chicken; side dishes; and your choice of stew.
- Fried Chicken and Beer Combo: There’s just something about Korean fried chicken that is so special. Luckily, there are four flavors offered at Ssak 3: original crispy, yangnyeom, garlic soya, and mala. Do you know what’s perfect with Korean fried chicken? Ice-cold beer.
- Approved by Koreans: The number of tables occupied by our Korean guests on any given day is definitive proof that Ssak3 does serve excellent Korean BBQ, fried chicken, and traditional dishes.
- Ssak3 Assorted Set
- Yangnyeom Fried Chicken
- Smoked Duck and Chivas
- Beansprout Tteokbokki
LOOK & FEEL: The overall vibe at Ssak3 is laidback and casual – stark, white walls with framed portraits of Korean celebrities, cutesy decors, and overhead TV sets.
AVERAGE PRICE/PAX: S$22
NOTE: Fancy your KBBQ with some booze? Check for ongoing soju and beer promos! Drink responsibly.
- Buses: 106, 131, 14, 166, 502, 80 (3-min walk from Opp Bencoolen Station Exit B)
- Nearest MRT: Bras Basah (CC2)
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