If you are a meat lover like I am, you would agree that barbecue is one of the best ways to enjoy them, especially Korean BBQ or Korean Barbecue. Fresh, marinated and smoked to perfection, bringing out a broad range of enhanced flavour profiles.
What’s more, it is the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family, while sharing and spending a great time together. Korean barbecue in Singapore in particular, is one of the most popular types of barbecue locally. Read on to find out some of the most popular Korean BBQ spots in Singapore that should be visited!
What Makes Korean Barbecue So Special And Highly Sought After?
What sets Korean barbecue apart from other types of barbecue are its preparatory methods. Korean barbecue uses smaller strips of meat instead of large cuts, which cook faster and are great for sharing. Not to mention, there are a wide variety of Korean BBQ marinated meats to choose from. Some popular options include bulgogi, galbi, Samgyeopsal and Jumulleok.
Here are some of the most popular Korean barbecue restaurants in Singapore to visit for your next meal.
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Korean Barbecue in Singapore: Restaurants & Where To Find Them
1. O.BBa BBQ
Ask any local about good Korean barbecue in Singapore and O.BBa BBQ will come to mind. Known for its extensive menu offerings and value-for-money barbecue sets, there is something available for everyone to share.
As they do not take reservations, do head down early as the queues for their outlets can get really long. Some recommended items to order include their 3cm pork belly, U.S.D.A prime beef, pork collar, kimchi pancake and spring onion pancake.
Address: 63 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088484
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.30 am to 3 pm, 5 pm to 11 pm, except Tuesdays
2. Hanjip Korean Grill House
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One of the biggest Korean barbecue restaurants in Singapore, Hanjip Korean Grill House is certainly the place to be. Located right in the heart of Clarke Quay, the restaurant spots a cool interior with private dining rooms available.
Well-known and prided for their quality of choice meats, the restaurant also has a wide selection of authentic banchan (side dishes) available. Some recommended items to order include their aged australian wagyu and USDA prime beef, ginseng chicken soup, spicy seafood tofu, kimchi and seafood pancakes.
Address:3C River Valley Rd, #01 – 11 Clarke Quay Singapore 179022
Operating Hours: 12 pm to 2.30 pm, 5 pm to 12 am
Read our review of Hanjip Korean Grill House.
3. Bulgogi Syo
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The first-ever restaurant for Korean barbecue in Singapore to have a three-step hotstone grilling process, Bulgogi Syo promises to delight in a show of culinary skill where fire and meat unite. Developed and helmed by the founder of SEORAE Korean Charcoal BBQ, the meats are seared and cooked with a blowtorch in the kitchen, finishing off with a flambé right at your seat.
While it is not your traditional Korean barbecue restaurant, the restaurant has some great recommendations, including the angus beef tenderloin, pork baby back rib, juicy pork Belly and beef short plate.
4. SEORAE Korean Charcoal BBQ
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With six outlets located around the island, Korean barbecue chain SEORAE Korean Charcoal BBQ is an accessible and highly-raved spot to get your KBBQ fix. It is known to be the first Korean restaurant in Singapore to offer the signature Korean galmaegisal (premium pork skirt meat), a special cut of meat that was only reserved for Korean royalty in the past.
Compared to other barbecue spots, SEORAE uses white charcoal instead of the usual black, which burns for longer and provides a smoky aroma when cooking on its unique grill. Some of the recommended items on their menu include their premium pork skirt meat, black pork belly, prime beef short-ribs and spicy tofu stew.
Outlets can be found in Jem, Serangoon NEX, Plaza Singapura, Compass One, Tampines Mall and Northpoint City.
Operating Hours:11.30 am to 10 pm Daily
Opened by famed Korean celebrity chef Baek Jong Won, Bornga specialises in Woo-samgyup, a unique style of barbecue that allows the meat to retain its natural appearance even while marinated in a special rich sauce. While known to be slightly pricey for its fare, some recommended items on their menu include beef brisket, beef ribs, scallion pancake, spicy tofu stew and cold noodles.
Outlets can be found in Suntec City and VivoCity.
Operating Hours:11.30 am to 10 pm Daily
6. Nanta BBQ
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If you enjoy cheese, you will surely have a stretching good time at Nanta BBQ. Well known for their cheese and spare rib barbecue, they do not hold back on their portions which ensures each rib is covered in every single bite. With set deals that provide much value for money, some dishes on the menu that patrons are sure to enjoy include pork ribs with cheese, wagyu beef, steamed egg and tteokbokki.
Address: 175 Thomson Rd, #01-175/177 Goldhill Centre, Singapore 307624
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.30 am to 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm to 10 pm
7. Wang Dae Bak BBQ
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Wang Dae Bak is a popular Korean barbecue chain in Singapore offering different kinds of barbecue concepts in their various outlets. Compared to most KBBQ restaurants which use gas grills for cooking, Wang Dae Bak uses charcoal grills which allow the meats to be cooked with a smoky flavour. Not to mention, you can enjoy the free-flow complimentary egg ring along with your meal. Some must-try items include the boneless prime rib, marinated chicken, pork belly and marinated shoulder-loin and seafood pancake.
Address:22 Cross St, #01-64, Singapore 048421
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.30 am to 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm
8. I’m Kim Korean BBQ
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Most Korean barbecue joints offer a la carte and set meal options. For those with a larger appetite, consider dining at I’m Kim Korean BBQ for a buffet. Known for being extremely value for money, find a wide variety of meats, cooked food, sides and more. While the experience is limited to a dining limit of 90-120 minutes, some items that you should try to make your time worthwhile include the spicy pork collar, pork belly and signature volcano chicken.
Address:1 Zubir Said Drive 01-04 School of The Arts, 227968
Mon-Fri (Fri closes at 10.30 pm): 11.30 am to 4.00 pm, 5.30 pm to 10pm
Sat to Sun / Public Holidays: 11.30 am to 4 pm, 4 pm to 10.30 pm
9. Super Star K
Found along a stretch of many popular Japanese and Korean restaurants, Super Star K is a well-sought-after barbecue restaurant by many. Step into the restaurant and be transported into an authentic Korean barbecue experience, reminiscent of scenes from a K-drama.
Some recommended items to order include the king-sized beef rib, beef brisket, sliced pork belly, beef bone soup and kimchi pancake.
Address:75 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088496
Operating Hours: 12 pm to 11.30 pm Daily
10. Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ
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Opened to cater to the locals and the Korean community in Singapore, Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ is one of the forerunners in the Korean barbecue scene here. They are generous with their wide variety of choice meats, food portions and side dishes. Some recommended items on their menu include beef belly, pork belly, marinated chicken and prawns.
Address & Opening Hours:
991B Alexandra Rd, #02-08/09 10/11, Singapore 119970
Morning : 8 am to 11 am (Mon to Fri only/ Closed on Public Holiday Mornings)
Lunch: 11 am to 2.30 pm
Dinner: 5.30 pm to 11 pm
11 Unity St, #01-30/31, Singapore 237995
Lunch: 11.30 am to 2.30 pm
Dinner: 5.30 pm to 11 pm
11. Ssikkek Korean BBQ
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A well-known spot for Korean barbecue, Ssikkek Korean BBQ is an old-time favourite with patrons. Perfect for meat and seafood lovers, their buffet menu is extensive and worth the price. Enjoy marinated meats and premium cuts as you wrap them in lettuce to make ssam(Korean lettuce wraps).
Address:291 New Bridge Road, #01-01 Oriental Plaza, Singapore 088756
Operating Hours: 11l30 am to 10 pm Daily
12. Chang Korean BBQ Restaurant
Found within Dempsey Hill, Chang Korean BBQ Restaurant is perhaps one of the more premium and luxurious places to enjoy authentic Korean barbecue. With a specially curated menu featuring organic and vegetarian dishes, it aims to cater to the preferences of the health-conscious.
The grill is also changed after every cut is cooked to prevent flavours from mixing with one another. Some recommended items on the menu include marinated pork belly, beef short rib, prime rib eye, seafood pancake and beef short ribs soup.
Address:71 Loewen Rd, #01-01, Singapore 248847
Operating Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm, 4 pm to 10 pm
13. Eight Korean BBQ
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Named after the number of different marinades available for their meats, Eight Korean BBQ is a Korean barbecue fusion chain that hails from KoreaTown in Los Angeles. Famous for their signature Mangalitsa pork that uses a rare breed of Mangalitsa Hog from Hungary, you can find a flavour suitable to your liking from their wide range of “Colors”. Referring to the different colours of each flavour, each flavour was selected for the various health benefits that it offers.
The flavours include – Wine, Original, Ginseng, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso, Red Pepper Paste and Kalbi. Some recommended items to order include the signature 8 Colours Set and Chul Pan speciality beef brisket hot grill (only available for lunch).
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central #02-79/90, Singapore 059817
1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #04 – 20 / 21, Singapore 22820
Operating Hours: Lunch: 11.30 am to 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm
14. OMMA Korean Charcoal BBQ
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A relatively new addition to the long list of Korean barbecue shops in Singapore, OMMA Korean Charcoal BBQ stands out as an authentic experience with a modern and trendy twist. Taking inspiration from Hanok, a traditional form of Korean architecture, the eatery keeps to a simple and well-thought-out design that allows patrons to focus on the food and dining experience.
An approach that this place takes differently is allowing patrons to customise and change charcoal wood chips used to enhance the flavour of the meat. The barbecue sets are worth your buck, and the steamed egg is a good side dish to go along with your meal.
Address & Opening Hours:
21 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277680
11 am to 11 pm
20 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599744
11.30 am to 11.30 pm
15. Oppa Korean BBQ Buffet
Tucked away in the corner of JCube sits Oppa Korean BBQ Buffet. A Korean barbeque buffet restaurant that provides affordable prices, with a dining limit of two hours. With a wide range of meats to choose from, many choose to return for their dining value.
With JCube’s impending closure, we hope that Oppa Korean BBQ Buffet will have a new location.
Address:2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-10 JCube, Singapore 609731
Operating Hours: 11.30 am to 10.30 pm
16. Maru Korean BBQ Buffet
Located at Upper Bukit Timah, Maru Korean BBQ Buffet is a humble restaurant that serves highly affordable buffet options starting from $14. Choose from a wide variety of meat, seafood in different marinades. The dining limit is capped at two hours and includes free-flow drinks as well.
Address:16 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599740
Operating Hours: 12 pm to 11 pm
17. MIMI Korean BBQ Restaurant
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An affordable Korean barbecue buffet found at Tanjong Pagar, MIMI Korean BBQ Restaurant is a fairly new Korean barbecue spot that sells authentic Korean barbecue at an affordable price tag. Starting from $29.50, patrons can choose from seven different kinds of meats such as Beef Bulgogi, Beef Short Plate, Marinated Pork Galbi, Spicy Pork Bulgogi, Pork Belly, Soya Chicken Galbi, and Spicy Chicken Galbi. If you are eating a la carte, famous Korean dishes such as Bossam(boiled pork wrap) and Jokbal(braised pig trotters) should not be missed as well.
Address:2 Peck Seah St , 01-01 Airview Building, S079305
Operating Hours: 11.30 am to 3 pm, 5.30 pm to 12 am
18. Go! K-BBQ
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Priding themselves as K-food specialists, Go! K-BBQ is a popular Korean barbecue spot with many locals and Koreans alike. What sets them apart from other Korean barbecue places is their wide variety of signature aged meat that is aged up to 15 days. Some options that you should definitely try include Aged Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Aged Black Pork Belly, Aged Marinated Beef Rib and Holic Pork Skin. A side of steamed egg and salad is provided as a complimentary dish.
Address & Operating Hours:
76 Amoy Street, Singapore 069895
11.30 am to 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm to 11 pm
1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #04-01, Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996
12 pm to 3 pm, 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Enjoy Delicious Grilled Meats At The Best Korean Barbecue Restaurants In Singapore
Singapore is well known to be a food haven due to the number of eateries and choices available at every turn. There is definitely no shortage of Korean barbecue restaurants here, let alone good ones.
With the rising popularity of Korean cuisine amongst young and old, Korean barbecue is a great way to cater to large groups and varying taste buds.
Check out some of the best Korean barbecues in Singapore to see what it is like for yourself!
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