Are you a fan of all things Korean, especially the food? Missing the taste of Korea from your last trip? Relive those memories with these Korean BBQ restaurants — we bet you they definitely won’t disappoint your taste buds!
8 Eight Korean BBQ is the perfect place to visit if you’re craving Korean BBQ but want to chill in a pretty restaurant at the same time. They also have free flow side dishes (that taste really really good), and the kimchi and beansprouts are even placed on the grill to be heated up.
Just like their name, they’re known for serving up “8 colourful flavours of pork” you can choose from. Each type comes with their own set of health benefits and they’ve even added a 9th flavour by popular demand. Here are the nine flavours — Wine, Original, Black Sesami, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso Paste, Red Pepper Paste and Galbi.
Besides the regular Korean BBQ meat, 8 Eight also serves sashimi-grade salmon served ¾ raw so it’s safe for consumption. Everything is grilled by the staff, so you won’t have to lift a muscle either (besides to eat, of course).
They have exhausts to help regulate the smoke and smell but if that’s not enough for you, they even have Febreze for you to use! No more smelling like Korean BBQ for the rest of the day! Furthermore, a piece of wax paper is strategically placed on the grilling meat to prevent oil splatter. Talk about consideration for the guests!
8 Eight Korean BBQ
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, The Central, 02-79/90, S(059817)
Monday – Friday: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Weekends: 11.30am – 10.30pm
All true blue fans of Korean food have to visit this place at least once! Supulae has a wide selection of meats, stew and many other popular Korean dishes like rice cakes and Korean pancakes, so you’ll get to satiate your Korean food cravings in one go! If you think that’s all, you’re in for a treat. There are even rice dishes you can get a taste of — from Kimchi fried rice to Bibimbap.
Whoever said you have to go to Korea to enjoy authentic Korean dishes has not been here. As the store is owned by a pair of Korean sisters, the food is as authentic as it can get! The staff are extremely friendly and efficient. They’ll change the grills when they start looking charred, even without you asking.
The highlight though, is the meat. Their meat comes in sets for 2-3 pax, together with Korean side dishes, rice, soup (of your choice) and even fluffy steamed eggs! According to the owners, marinated meat is more popular among Singaporeans, but they also offer non-marinated (lightly salted) meat. You could even choose to add on other meat, or purchase meat ala carte instead.
Do you find yourself constantly overcooking meat when eating Korean BBQ, and ending up with tough slices of beef? You won’t have that problem here as the staff help barbecue the meat so all you’ll have to do is eat! This also means the meat is cooked to perfection. The savoury, juicy and tender meat literally melts in your mouth. You have to try it to believe it.
Supulae also has an assortment of Korean drinks and desserts, and the ever popular Soju to complete your Korean BBQ experience!
Address: 80 Tanjong Pagar Rd, S(088501)
Monday – Thursday: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 12am
Friday: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 2am
Saturday: 5pm – 2am
Sunday: 5pm – 12am
3. Woorinara Korean Restaurant
Craving some good Korean BBQ, but don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket? Woorinara won’t disappoint. They offer quality meat at affordable prices and a set for 2 starts from $30, which is great considering the quantity, taste and texture of the meat.
The ambience is pretty nice and you’ll also feel like you’ve really stepped into Korea, as they have huge jars of Ginseng on display. They serve traditional Ginseng liquor too!
On top of these, they also boast a large range of Korean food to accompany the Korean BBQ options. These include usual dishes as well as more unique items like cheese seafood and kimchi pancake, stir-fried rice-cake with ramen and even cold kimchi noodles.
Korean-food lovers will know the pain of finding anything that tastes remotely close to Kyochon’s fried chicken in Korea. But the hunt is over, as Woorinara is also known for their chicken and this may even be one of the closer substitutes to Kyochon’s. They also offer boneless chicken for the lazier people 😉
They have a wide selection of flavours to choose from, including cheesy ones. If you’re someone wanting the best of both worlds, we’d recommend getting the Sampler or Cheese Sampler to be able to try everything!
Woorinara Korean Restaurant
Address: 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-02, S(598120)
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm and 5pm – 11pm daily
4. Go! K-BBQ
Go! K-BBQ is a must-go for meat lovers! The Korean BBQ here is the real deal, considering the effort that goes into preparing the meat. Aged meat is their specialty and you will even be able to see snippets of the process around the shop. Their aged meat is stored for 15 days at a low temperature in the ‘mature room’, which is on display.
They also make the effort to prepare the meat, down to the minute details. The staff will check that the grill is 320 degrees celcius with a temperature gauge before grilling the meat. This ensures the juices are locked into the meat and it’s tender even after grilling.
Worried you’ll mess up the precious aged meat and end up over or undercooking it? You’ll be glad to hear that the staff do all the grilling for you! There are even signs on the tables asking you to leave the grilling to them. This means you’ll be able to enjoy the meat cooked to absolute perfection.
Considering the quality and price of the meat, Go! K-BBQ is really value for money! However, as the meat is aged for a fixed period of 15 days, there’s limited aged meat on sale. You should therefore make a reservation with your meat of choice prior to the visit to prevent disappointment.
Address: 76 Amoy St, S(069895)
Monday – Friday: 11.30am – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 11pm
Weekends: 5pm – 11pm
5. 왕대박 Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ
Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ offers an authentic Korean BBQ experience with a bonus. The spot prides itself for offering real charcoal BBQs. However these grills are only available during dinner time.
There’s also a ring lining the barbecue pan where you can grill eggs! It’s as amazing as it sounds. On top of enjoying the delicious meat, you’ll get to DIY some grilled or scrambled eggs too. You could even try adding the side dishes into the egg mixture and figure out the best combination. The best part? The eggs are free flow!
They’re known for their huge Korean pancakes, so order those if you’re dropping by. There’s even a half-half Korean pancake, giving you the best of both worlds (literally) if you don’t know which to choose. Look forward to the five complimentary, free flow side-dishes and free barley tea when you’re there! You could even try their lemon Soju if you prefer citrus-y drinks with your meals.
Reservations are highly recommended, so do give them a ring prior to your visit!
왕대박 Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ
Address: 98 Amoy St, S(069918)
Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (closed on Sunday)
Not much of a Korean BBQ person? Why not try setting up a hotpot in the comfort of your own home? Or try food that’s similar but cheaper than those at the Geylang Serai Bazaar without actually going there? As long as it comes to food, we’ve got you sorted!