In love with the smoky and savoury flavours of Korean BBQ?We’ve scoped out the best restaurants in Singapore for authentic Korean grilled meats so you can eat your fill of bulgogi, short rib, pork belly and more.
It’s not just in the Tanjong Pagar area where you can get your Korean BBQ fix. The best places are scattered all throughout Singapore, from sleepy Kovan, all the way to East Coast. We’ve also got you covered on every budget, so there’s an option whether you want to dine on Wagyu or fill up on unlimited servings of pork belly.
Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Restaurant [buffet]
Ssikkek serves up well marinated meats and a wide variety of food at extremely reasonable prices (weekday lunch is $14++), which explains their popularity. Eating here can be quite an intense experience with the large crowds and poor ventilation, so come prepared. 101 Thomson Road, #B1-14/15/16, United Square Shopping Mall Tel: 6254 8123. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm. Sat-Sun 11.30am-10.30pm
K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet [buffet]
Come here for a view of Orchard Road and one of the cheapest Korean BBQ buffets around. (from $14.90++). Cooked food like fried chicken wings are offered, but it’s the marinated beef short ribs and pork collars that you want to head straight for. 181 Orchard Central Road, #07-01, Orchard Central Tel: 6884 7282. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-8pm, Fri-Sun 5-10pm
The higher price point at this a la carte BBQ is justified by the quality meats and banchan (small Korean dishes accompanying the meal). Order the green tea pork belly ($23), boneless beef rib ($38) and Wagyu brisket ($31), which the staff will grill for you at your table. Check out the Korean seafood pancakes ($14), which are crispy and chock-full of ingredients. 205 Hougang Street 21, Level 2, Heartland Mall Tel: 6288 2448. Open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-10pm. Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
One of the few restaurants that use charcoal in their grills, which gives the meats (from $18) that much-desired smoky taste. They also offer free egg BBQ; where an egg mixture is poured into the trough around your grill to cook. Do note that the charcoal BBQ is only available during dinner, and you get a gas grill during lunch.
98 Amoy Street. Tel: 6226 0450. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Closed sun
Prices are slightly on the high side but they offer premium meats like black pig collar ($38) and Wagyu beef skirt ($53), which the staff will barbecue for you. The restaurant also serves a wide array of Korean dishes like seasoned raw beef, similar to a beef tartare, and ginseng chicken soup. 4 outlets including 1018 East Coast Parkway, #02-01 Tel: 6447 9279 Open Mon-Fri 12pm-4pm, 6-11pm. Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm
Another restaurant that uses charcoal for its BBQ. The meats here are well-marinated and thickly sliced; perfect for the searing heat of the grills. The area is also well ventilated with industrial-grade vacuum vents that suck up the smoke from the grill. Be sure to also get the steamed egg, which is thick and fluffy.155/157 Telok Ayer Street Tel: 84299523 Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-12am, Sun 5pm-12am
One of more the premium options for Korean BBQ as they serve high-quality meats. The restaurant also offers the rare Mangalitsa pork, which is prized for its marbling and rich taste. 8 Korean BBQ’s signature dish ($98) features the pork marinated in eight flavours, including wine, ginseng, miso paste and curry. 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-79, The Central Tel: 6221 2639. Open daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm
Goki Day Korean BBQ Buffet [buffet]
This simply-furnished restaurant offers a no-frills buffet (from $15.90+) where the focus is on the food. The meats are fresh and tender, although the pork collar and bulgogi stands out. Goki Day also offers free-flow beer at an additional cost. (guys $25, ladies $20). 19 Teck Chye Terrace Tel: 6289 4104. Open daily 12pm-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm.