It’s always a steamy affair at a Korean BBQ restaurant, where juicy meats are grilled right at your table. Being a veritable melting pot of cultures and cuisines, Singapore has its fair share of great restaurants to enjoy the grilled goodness of different meats and seafood, along with the usual hotpot.
The bonus: you get a free flow of banchan (Korean side dishes), from kimchi to fishcakes to mashed potatoes. Here’s a quick guide to the 20 best places to go to for your K-BBQ fix in Singapore. Happy grilling!
This trendy Korean BBQ joint is great for indulging in delicious, high-quality meats, with friendly and attentive service to boot. Great for both large and small groups, waiters will help grill and portion the meats, which include the Pujim Shovel (pictured), which feeds four to five people and features premium A4 Wagyu ribeye, Prime Black Angus boneless short rib, Iberico Bellota pork collar and rib finger, as well as Duroc pork belly.
Price range: $60 to $70 per person.
Pujim is at 82 Amoy Street, Singapore 069901, tel: 6224 1588.
This hip Korean joint is so named for its specialty 8 Colours Set, comprising eight flavours of marinated Mangalitza pork — a rare Hungarian breed of tender, ruby-red pork — for barbecuing. Choose from delicious conventional flavours like garlic or gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) to more unique ones like curry.
How to eat Korean barbecue like a Korean you ask? It’s easy: Wrap the meat, along with some onions and perhaps even sesame oil dip and a sliver of garlic, up in a leaf of lettuce and eat it.
Price Range: $30-40 per person.
8 Korean BBQ is at #02-79/90 Clarke Quay The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817, tel: 8692 1188.
This popular Korean BBQ franchise, with more than 220 outlets in South Korea, specialises in Korean Galmaegisal (pictured), a premium cut of pork skirt that’s denser and more luxurious. In fact, it was traditionally was only served to the Royal Family in Korea. Talk about dining like royalty!
This pork skirt that is marinated in Korean spices is the star of the show here. However, the side dishes or ban-chan are more than enough to keep your taste buds going while waiting for your grilled pork.
Fried kimchi, steamed egg and cheese also surround the grill so that you can make your pork tastier. Yakult Soju and Coffee Soju are also on offer as well as the popular Korean dessert, bingsu.
Price Range: $40-60 per person.
Seorae Charcoal Korean BBQ has two outlets: #02-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839, tel: 9181 2709; and #B1-10 Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549, tel: 9199 8729.
This busy, almost hole-in-the-wall restaurant is bustling with a mix of both Koreans and locals during mealtimes — and that’s always a good sign.
Wang Dae Bak sticks to tradition with its charcoal fire grills. Perhaps this is the reason why it is considered one of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore. Its a la carte menu has quite a few gems, after the marinated meats of course. Popular cuts of meat include pork shoulder butt and prime rib; forget watching your waistline and get a serving of spicy pork skin as well.
Among the must-try dishes are the Kimchi pancake and the Kimchi Jjigae, an anchovy base stew with pork and tofu. Another must-order: the dense, crispy seafood pancake which is even bigger than your grill.
Price Range: $40-50 per person.
Wang Dae Bak has two outlets: #01-64 China Square Central, 22 Cross Street, Singapore 048423, tel: 6225 2646; and 98 Amoy Street, Singapore 069918, tel: 6226 0450.
Two things: 1) It’s a buffet! and 2) The cuts of meat you get here are more succulent and well-marbled than most others. They even use a special grade of charcoal, imported from Korea, accentuating the taste of your barbecued meat. Also included in the buffet are stews, dishes like Korean pancakes, Naengmyeon (buckwheat noodles) and more.
While slightly pricier ($69.90+ per pax for a dinner BBQ buffet), we’d say it’s worth every cent.
Seoul Restaurant is at #03-02 The Regent Hotel, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, tel: 6338 8548.
Daessiksin is the Korean restaurant under the Ministry of Food brand. It serves up a Korean buffet, with five to six cooked dishes and unlimited drinks. The star of the buffet is the range of meats on offer.
With 10 to 12 marinated meats to choose from such as pork, beef short ribs, and pork collar, it will truly satisfy your craving for grilled meats. It has six locations all over the Lion City so you can reserve your table at the location nearest you.
Price Range: Weekday Lunch: $14.90++ (adult)/ $8.90++ (child); Dinner: $24.90++/$18.90++; Weekend and PH (all day): $24.90++/ $18.90++
Daessiksin has six outlets at #04-05 Bugis+, #05-11 Causeway Point, #01-33 Waterway Point, #03-17 Orchard Gateway, #01-14 Hillion Mall, and #01-33 Waterway Point.
Don Dae Bak prides itself for offering a charcoal barbecue experience rather than the usual gas barbecue grills in most restaurants. This restaurant only has one location, so it gets easily full during the buffet hours. You get to man your own grill around a circular table, good for families or a small group of friends. Everything from the side dishes, the drinks and of course, the assortment of meats are all free flow.
Price Range: Mon – Thurs: $25.90++; Fri – Sun, Public Holidays (& Eve of): $27.90++.
Don Dae Bak is at 35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089000, tel: 6226 1727.
K.COOK Korean BBQ is a favourite buffet place known for its value. Although its meat selection may not feature special cuts, it is enough to satisfy your BBQ craving. The buffet selection also includes your favourite Korean side dishes that pair well with grilled meat. Its location which is at the Orchard Gateway area is also a big plus, but fair warning: Majority of the seats are outdoors, so do reserve in advance to secure a table indoors. .
Price Range: Lunch: $14.90++; Dinner: $24.90++.
K.COOK Korean BBQ is at #07-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896, tel: 6884 7282.
Frequented by Koreans, this restaurant is the real deal. Must-tries include their Kimchi pancake as well as pork belly, which the staff will help barbecue to perfection right before your very eyes.
Price range: From $40 to $50 per person.
Guiga is at 134 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088538, tel: 6221 3001.
For a traditional Korean experience with a modern twist, try Nanta Korean BBQ. Its a relatively new restaurant, opened by the same group behind K.Cook. Menu items on offer have a clear modern twist but does not lose traditional elements. One must-try dish is the Cheese Deng-Galbi – spicy pork ribs with lots of mozzarella cheese on a hot plate, which can be shared amongst four people.
Price Range: $30-40 per person.
Nanta BBQ is at #01-175/176/177 Goldhill Centre, 175 Thomson Road, Singapore 307624, tel: 6884 6884.
This restaurant is a popular choice among young Singaporeans and expatriates. It shares the same building with one outlet of Ssikkek but it offers an a la carte menu instead of a buffet. However, like its sister restaurant, its value for money is the reason behind its popularity.
Price Range: $25-45 per person.
2D1N Soju Bang is at 46 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088467, tel: 6227 6033.
Chang Korean BBQ at Loewen Road is the place to go if you want a high-end dining experience. The premium prices mean that premium cuts are readily available such as wagyu ribeye and kurobuta belly. The staff also make sure that your BBQ is done right – that is service at its best. Weekends can be packed so it is best to reserve a seat for your group.
Price Range: $50-60 per person.
Chang Korean BBQ is at #01-01, 71 Loewen Road, Singapore 248847, tel: 6473 9005.
Authentic Korean dishes is what Kim’s Family Food Korean Restaurant is all about. The restaurant has an extensive menu that you can choose from. If you don’t want to go through all the trouble of picking the right dishes, choose any of their meat platters which you can grill to your satisfaction. Not to be missed is the Korean rice wine and the wide array of Korean side dishes, of course.
Price Range: $30-40 per person.
Kim’s Family Food Korean Restaurant is at 17 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598139, tel: 6465 0535.
Affectionately called “Obba”, what we love are their stews and soups, such as the Beef Bone Soup or Seolrungtang that comes with generous portions of meat. Beef lovers will be glad to know that they serve up delicious prime beef that will be grilled and cut into bite-sized pieces at your table. A rotation of up to 12 side dishes are served as well, with a good balance of spicy and non-spicy options.
Price range: $26 – $50 per person.
O.BBa BBQ is at 63 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088484, tel: 6222 0840.
This well-known South Korean chain was started by Jong Won Paik, a celebrity chef from Seoul.
We reckon his claim to fame is the restaurant’s specialty Woo Samgyup, thinly sliced beef brisket laced with decadent streaks of fat that flavour the meat when it’s cooked on the grill.
Bornga has two outlets: #01-641/642 Suntec City East Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983; and #02-123/124 Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585.
I’m Kim Junior at SCAPE was opened by the same entrepreneur behind I’m Kim and Goro Goro – Elim Chew. What sets this restaurant apart from the other buffet restaurants is its Be Your Own Chef scheme. This allows customers to customise their own galbi to their liking.
Apart from the usual array of marinated meats, you can choose from different ingredients for that perfect flavor. Each table at I’m Kim Junior is also equipped with an exhaust pipe so that you don’t come out of your meal smelling like cooked food.
Price Range: Weekday Lunch: $14.90++ (adult), Weekend and PH Lunch: $24.9++; Weekday Dinner (Mon – Thurs): $24.90++; Fri – Sun and PH: $25.90++.
I’m Kim Junior is at #03-01 *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978, tel: 6634 0420.
This Korean BBQ chain is known for cheap and good lunch and dinner buffets with a wide variety of dishes, from marinated pork belly to tteokbokki, Korean chicken, japchae and lots more.
Price range: Weekday lunch: $14++; weekday dinner, weekends and PH: $24.90++
Ssikkek has three outlets: #01-01 Oriental Plaza, 291 New Bridge Road, Singapore 088756, tel: 6225 6964; #01-01, 44/45/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088465, tel: 6220 7119; and #02-01 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street, Singapore 180231, tel: 6336 4476.
At Tanjong Pagar Road, you’ll find the superstar of Korean BBQ, Superstar K. With its interior so gorgeously furnished into an industrial setting, it actually looks like a themed restaurant. It’s located about a minute’s walk from Kko Kko Nara (or two from 2D1N Soju Bang).
Superstar K boasts authenticity in terms of dining experience and food.It has an ala-carte menu only, so the queues are usually not as long as those that offer buffets. With its exhaust suction pipes that droop from the ceiling, and the food offered in the menu, you’ll feel as though you were in Korea!
Here you can enjoy your BBQ that includes black pepper pork neck, seasoned chicken and bulgogi, after the cook staff has cooked it to perfection. So if you are not in the mood to be your own cook, this is the place for you.
Price Range: $40-50 per person
Super Star K is at 75 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088496, tel: 6224 0504.
Serving up an array of Korean-style meats and dishes at wallet-friendly prices, this Korean BBQ spot is perfect for westies as it’s located in JCube. It’s also the brother brand of the highly popular Ssikkek BBQ.
Price range: Weekday lunch: $14++, Weekday dinners, weekends and PH: $24++
Oppa Korean BBQ is at 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-10 JCube, Singapore 609731, tel: 6339 5841.
If you’re looking to have Korean BBQ in a fine dining setting, this Korean restaurant tucked away in Amara Hotel is the perfect place. Not only is there Korean BBQ, but there are also other delicacies and staples in Korean cuisine available. Despite the luxurious setting, prices are still affordable for the food they have to offer. Great for special occasions.
Price Range: $60-80 per person.
Hyang-to-gol Korean Restaurant is at 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Amara Hotel Level 2, Singapore 088539, tel: 6220 7160.
A version of this post first appeared on Shopback / Additional reporting: Atika Lim and Elizabeth Liew
This post was first published on April 19, 2019, and updated on March 3, 2020.