If the first choice for feasting in Singapore is fondue, the second will almost automatically go to Korean barbecue.
Similar to hotpot, Korean barbecue combines both the strengths of collective and individual meals: guests can have their personal choice of meats and dishes while preparing them on the same grill as others at the table.
A major difference that sets Korean barbecue apart from your regular American grill is the selection of meat. Instead of ribs topped with barbecue sauce and large chunks of smoked beef brisket, you’ll find smaller pieces of meat and a wide range of vegetables and side dishes at Korean barbecues.
Now, Korean buffet style barbecue restaurants are not your value. Each of these establishments on this list serves premium cuts of meat with a high emphasis on quality.
So grab your soju, pick one of these best Korean barbecue restaurants, and start planning your next feast.
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Located at the start of the Tanjong Pagar Korean restaurant stretch, Guiga is easily one of the most popular Korean barbecue spots in town. Along with their careful selection of a la carte options, Guiga also offers three barbecue menus that make it easy for guests to choose. While Set A includes a mix of four different cuts of beef, Set B is an assortment of four cuts of pork, and Set C is a perfect combination of the two types of meat.
If you’re a bit lost with all the grilling and service, don’t worry. Attentive Korean staff will be there to guide you. Note that they only take walk-in dinners at the moment due to limited seating here, so be sure to drop by a bit earlier to avoid disappointment.
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134 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088538
For premium meats and flavorful marinades, you can’t go wrong with 8 Korean BBQs. Beef lovers can feast on their melt-in-the-mouth selection of grass-fed Argentine beef, USDA Prime and Japanese Wagyu, but that’s not what 8 Korean BBQ is known for. Here, guests flock to their seats to sample their 8-color set, featuring eight different Mangalitza pork belly flavors like wine, ginseng, miso paste, among others.
1 Scotts Rd, # 04 – 20/21, Singapore 228208
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Popular Korean barbecue chain Seorae sees hordes of guests even at its restaurants in Korea, so it’s no wonder the establishment is so popular in Singapore. Seorae is famous for a specific cut of meat, also known as Korean galmaegisal (pork skirt meat). In the past, galmaegisal was only reserved for the palaces of monarchs and royal families, as each adult pig only contains around 250 grams of this particular cut.
While many barbecue establishments use electric griddle plates, Seorae emphasizes using quality charcoal to really bring out the best flavors in the meat. Reservations are temporarily unavailable for their two outlets in Singapore.
68 Orchard Rd, # 02-01, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Bornga is not an unknown name for those who love Korean barbecue. Founded by celebrity Korean chef Jon Won Paik, Bornga specializes in woo sam gyup, a thinly sliced beef brisket dressed in a unique Bornga sauce that never fails to leave diners wanting more. Besides the woo sam gyup, Bornga also has a wide assortment of dishes and meats, ideal for diners who want a bit of everything.
1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity # 02-123 / 124, Singapore 098585
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Korean barbecue is often seen as laid back and laid back, but Korean Chang barbecue is proving to be a great alternative for those looking for something a little more exclusive and fancy. Nestled along the quiet enclave of Dempsey Hill, Chang Korean BBQ is the place to be for the perfect plates that will satisfy both your eyes and your taste buds. The chic establishment is also home to less common dishes like Yuk Hoi, a seasoned raw beef dish that is served with a mouth-watering combination of pear, cucumber, pine nut, garlic, and a raw egg yolk.
71 Loewen Rd, # 01-01, Singapore 248847
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Korean barbecue fans have reportedly visited this popular joint before. The busy establishment – which has since expanded to three outlets in the CBD area – has become a staple on the scene for offering an affordable and comprehensive menu of barbecue options. The grilled meats here are cooked over hot charcoal instead of an electric grill, which means you can expect even more flavor from well-marinated meat. Complement your meal with other authentic Korean side dishes like seafood pancake, beef stew, and japchae.
98 Amoy Street, Singapore 069918