Where to find the best Korean BBQs in Singapore from all-you-can-eat buffets to quick and easy meals
Whether it’s short ribs, pork belly, beef brisket, or sliced chicken, the Koreans sure know how to marinate and grill meat cuts to juicy, tender perfection. If you’re a fan of Korean BBQ (you need to get started if you haven’t tried), here are the top restaurants you need to jot down in your little black book.
8 E!ght Korean BBQ
This upscale-than-most Korean barbecue restaurant takes its name from its signature 8 Colour Set ($98), which consists of thick, long strips of Mangalitsa pork belly flavoured in eight ways: original, wine, curry, garlic, miso, herb, kalbi and red pepper paste. But like any all-rounded Korean BBQ restaurant, that’s not that only cut of meat worth having here. There are also top-notch beef selections – Argentinian ribeye (200g, $58), US prime short rib (200g, $38), and Ohmi wagyu ribeye (200g, $110) – pork neck, pork jowl, king prawn, Atlantic salmon, and Korean squid for charring on grill, as well as crispy pancakes, kimchi fried rice, steamed egg, ginseng chicken soup, and a variety of stews to be had.
8 E!ght Korean BBQ, #04-20/21 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208, p.9018 9212. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30-10pm, Sat- Sun 11.30am-10.30pm.
If you’re in the area for some café-hopping, hit up this Tiong Bahru gem for your Korean fix. With a simple a la carte BBQ menu, it’s all about classic BBQ cuts like pork collar and pork belly. This Korean restaurant is not just about BBQ though; their other dishes like jeons (pancakes) and beef bulgogi are real standouts as well.
Big Mama, 2 Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169244, p. 6270 7704.
Where else can you find a place that bags you free pork if you call the staff by name? This generous, laid-back eatery does more than just treat you like a friend, they also serve up delish meat cuts and marinated dishes like beef ribs and juicy pork belly that would have you grilling up a storm!
Magal BBQ, 123 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068592. p. 6221 8246.
Have a classy soiree with authentic charcoal Korean BBQ at this ritzy spot in Regent Hotel. For Korean BBQ purists, the variety of premium cuts is just the tip of the iceberg. SEOUL Restaurant also offers an extensive list of Korean beer and liquor to wash it all down.
SEOUL Restaurant, #03-02 Regent Hotel, No. 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715. p. 6338 8548.
This Korean BBQ joint smack dab in the CBD specialises in tender, galmaegisal pork. Seorae also gives diners the option of a moat of melted cheese around the barbecue plate, for you to dip your grilled meats in – cheese lovers, rejoice!
Seorae Galmaegi, #02-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839, p. 6238 8429. Open daily 11am-10pm.
I’m Kim Korean BBQ
This popular Korean buffet and BBQ joint (slots are always fully booked) is for those who love eating their food in a jiffy. There’s a fixed time limit of 90 minutes for those in a group of three people or less, , so you won’t have to worry about table-hoggers..
I’m Kim Korean BBQ, 01-04/05/06/07, 1 Zubir Said Drive, School of The Arts, Singapore 227968. p. 6238 7218.
2D1N Soju Bang
Warning: be prepared to queue and smell afterwards. They don’t take reservations for buffet, so we recommend heading down early before 6pm; if not, you’ll have to join a snaking queue that often stretches down Tanjong Pagar road. But hey, the buffet dinner only costs $20 – you gotta sacrifice a lil’ for this steal!
2D1N Soju Bang, 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088467, p. 6227 6033.
Ssikkek Korean BBQ
A sister restaurant of 2D1N Soju Bang, Ssikkek’s buffet will costs you a little more ($24++ for dinner), but definitely still cuts it as one of the most value-for money Korean buffets on the island. What you get in return for the higher price is a larger, more comfortable space. And the best part? You won’t smell so nasty after a meal here! With multiple outlets in Singapore – Novena, Chinatown, and Tampines – Ssikkek wins brownie points for convenience as well.
Ssikkek Korean BBQ, #B1-15/16/17 United Square, 101 Thomson Road, Singapore 307591, p. 6254 8123.
CHANG Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant
Expect to fork out a little more cash at this Korean BBQ place in Dempsey, but trust us when we say it’s totally worth it. There are meat cuts like marinated prime ribs ($45) and wagyu ribeye ($52), and the staff will even grill these babies up for you.
CHANG Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, #01-01, 71 Loewen Road, Singapore 248847. p. 6473 9005. Open daily, 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm.
A famed contemporary Korean restaurant chain in Korea; Bornga arrived on Singapore shores to much fanfare. What you can expect are generous servings of thick meat cuts, service staff to help you cook your meats, and platters of fresh greens to wrap the cooked meats with. Don’t forget to slather on some of celebrity chef-owner Paik Jong Won’s special sauces in your meat wrap before you devour them!
Bornga, The Star Vista, #02-24,1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617, p. 6694 4696. Vivocity, #02-123/4, 1 Harbourfront Avenue, Singapore 098585, p. 6694 4696.
Wang Dae Bak
We’ve raved about their set lunches in our CBD lunch guides, but we think their BBQ deserves time in the spotlight as well. If red wine-marinated pork belly and chicken gizzards have piqued your interest, book a spot at retro-inspired Korean restaurant, Wang Dae Bak, now.
Wang Dae Bak, 98 Amoy Street, Singapore 048421, p. 6226 0450.
Hands up if you dig buffets! Housed in Link Hotel at Tiong Bahru, Blue Garden is the place to go for a lavish, all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ buffet spread without burning a hole in your pocket. Go ahead and stuff yourself with pork collar, beef belly, pork belly, bulgogi chicken, or their selection of seafood and veggies. Lunch only costs $19.90, while dinner is slightly pricier at $26.90.
Blue Garden, #01-07, 50 Tiong Bahru Road Link Hotel, Singapore 168733, p. 6224 0700.
Ju Shin Jung
Known for its impeccable service (they grill the meats for you!) and an impressive spread of side dishes, this wallet-friendly Korean restaurant has popped up like mushrooms around Singapore – East Coast, Katong, and West Coast. Don’t hesitate to make it a family affair either, as Ju Shin Jung’s West Coast outlet features an indoor playground for the young’uns. You know where you can conveniently leave them if you need to get some serious chow on.
Ju Shin Jung, Leisure Court, #02-01, 1018 East Coast Parkway, p. 6447 9279. YESS Centre, 27 West Coast Highway, #01-18, p. 6464 0872. Katong Junction, #01-01, 451 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427664, p. 64407707.
Hyang-To-Gol Korean Restaurant
Hailed as one of the best Korean restaurants in Singapore, Hyang-To-Gol shows commitment to a top-notch BBQ experience with high-quality meats and over 25 items from the BBQ menu alone. Aside from its sprawling menu, Korean food lovers would be pumped to know that every dish is prepared by a Korean chef, so you know it’s the real deal.
Hyang-To-Gol Korean Restaurant, Level 2 Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539. P. 6220 7160.