A Korean BBQ restaurant with A La Carte and Buffet menus.
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Great korean food!
I believe anything Korean is quite popular right now- Korean music, Korean bands, Korean fashion and even Korean food! 2d1n Sojubang offers affordable and delicious food and it is good for those who would like to give Korean food a try and if you are a Korean food lover, I am sure you will like this!
The restaurant is located at Tanjong Pagar above the shophouses. It is very smoky though and perhaps can get a little stuffy. There are many posters of Korean singers and celebrities hanging on the walls, perhaps they are trying to create a 'Korean' feel and make their restaurant more authentic. A wide range of meats are available for barbeque-ing, meat lovers will definitely make the best out of this buffet as there is a free flow of meat! Pork belly and bacon are yummy when barbecued with the sauce they provide. However, it is not really a place if you want to catch up with your friends over food. My eyes got quite dry and irritable the last time I was there due to the smoke and it was quite uncomfortable. However, the delicious food made up for it. I especially love to wrap my meat with the lettuce that they gave us and include kimchi in it. Totally Korean way of eating! Oh another piece of friendly advice- Do not wear long sleeved or thick clothing as it might get quite stuffy depending on where you sit at! Also, you will come out of 2d1n smelling like barbecue, no matter how hard you try to prevent the smell from sticking to you! So, girls with long hair should probably bring hair tie along to tie up your hair to prevent the smell sticking to your hair!
Be prepared to face a long queue on weekends and public holidays, as the restaurant is quite popular and many patrons go there for their meals often! Otherwise, a recommended Korean buffet that you should definitely try!
Tatse of Annyeonghaseyo
A recent dining experience at 2D1N Soju Bang, a Korean BBQ restaurant located off Tanjong Pagar Road, had me concluding with the fact that it is a good place to sweat it out after a long day of work/school.
The two level restaurant structure offers an ala carte menu on the first floor while a buffet one on the second. The ala carte menu price ranges from about $30 and above while the buffet menu is more affordable at $20++ per person. A step into the second level buffet restaurant gets the kpop fever rising in you, with the accompaniment of kpop music and music videos of Korean idols being shown on a LCD tv while you indulge in your BBQ; an avid kpop lover could only ask for more!
However, those who don't would find it pretty noisy and stuffy with the lack of fans in some corners. Food wise, it offers a good variety from chicken meat to pork belly, what's more, a free flow of plain water is apt to neutralize the high oil intake. But, a light eater would probably get bored after two rounds of meat and more meat. This is when Korea's own origination, kimchi, comes to save the day.
The service crew is also efficient and quick with their hands when changing the foil used for barbecuing when it is charred.
Overall, it was an eye-opener to be able to taste a tat of Korean cuisines in Singapore, but be sure to be decked in a comfortable outfit to make it a better dining experience!
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Prior to going here, I googled it and one thing that stood out from all the reviews I read was that they unanimously agreed that the ambience at this place left much to be desired. I went in thinking that it was gonna be hot, dirty, and just generally unappealing... that wasn't the case at all.
Temperature-wise was just about fine. You do get some heat from the BBQ but they have big fans spaced out amongst the tables. The place wasn't dirty either, from what I could see.
No complaints about the food. I especially loved the lettuce which looked really good - fresh and green and clean. Wrapping my meat in the lettuce made me feel better about stuffing myself with all that food haha. At least I'm getting some fibre out of it, right?
Service was good as well. The ladies working there were friendly and checked on us periodically and helped us change our aluminium foil if necessary.
Would come back here again if I have a craving for buffet/BBQ - korean bbq is so much better than thai (mookata), just because it's so much easier to cook!
Authentic Korean Food, But Terrible Ventilation
Among the oldest Korean barbecue restaurants in Singapore, 2D1N Soju Bang is still going strong, offering authentic Korean food at really affordable prices. Notorious for their terrible ambience, 2D1N Soju Bang still manages to pull in the younger crowds, with queues of over an hour during peak periods.
2D1N Soju Bang is famously poorly ventilated. The buffet area upstairs is worst, with smells sticking to your clothes. 2D1N Soju Bang knows that not much can be done, because of its shophouse location, and thus offers Fabreeze at the door. The ala-carte area downstairs is much nicer, and has some wall decorations. 2D1N Soju Bang is showing signs of aging, furniture is wearing down, and the place doesn't look sparkly clean.
Service at 2D1N Soju Bang is decent. There isn't much service at the buffet upstairs, as most of it is self-service, but tables are cleared quickly. The ala-carte area downstairs has some service, but it's rather average and functional, not memorable.
The cheap prices of food at 2D1N Soju Bang is the main draw, with ala-carte costing less than SGD $18 per person, and the buffet costing about SGD $20 ++ per person. Plus, the food is of above average quality; in particular, the meats are well marinated, and the vegetables are fresh. The selection of banchan side dishes is pretty varied. Good, tasty food, but the terrible ambience will make me think twice about visiting again.
The Bibimbap SGD ($15) has a generous portion of meat, rice and vegetables. Mix it together with the egg and some sauce for maximum flavour. Healthy and filling.
Korean BBQ is one of my comfort food, so when my friend suggested trying this place out, I agreed immediately. 2D1N Soju Bang seems to be an extremely popular place for both youngsters and office people, as I found out while queuing to get a table. Do note that there are queues every day at dinner time, so try to go as early as possible before the crowd forms.
The variety of food here isn't very wide, but the different types of meat are well-stocked, unlike some other buffet restaurants which take very long to restock their empty containers. Also, the service of the place here is extremely good. The staff respond quickly to our requests and change the grill pans promptly without needing us to remind them.
The taste of the food is quite decent, especially the marinated beef and pork. We couldn't stop ourselves from piling stacks of meat, and finishing them off quickly. Oh the calories! But it was well worth it. The only downside of the place is that the place isn't very well-ventilated, so all of us end up smelling exactly like the place itself after we're done.
Good value for meat lovers
I always go to 2d1n for the buffet dinner when I have a craving for korean food. You can eat all you want for just $20+, which makes it worthwhile as you can eat your fill, stuff yourselves with all the delicious meat; pork collar, pork belly, marinated chicken etc! There are other food as well, but I normally just stuff myself full with meat as it kind of lets me feel good about getting my money's worth.
It is best to reach there around half an hour earlier before its opening hours( 5:30pm) to secure your place in the restaurant as there are normally quite a lot of groups of people queuing by then. If you reached at about 6, normally the restaurant will be filled to the brim and you will have to wait for an hour or so for a space in the restaurant, especially if you are with a big group of friends.
I will advise against specially wearing nice clothing to eat there as the place is really oily and once you stepped out of the restaurant, your clothes will reek of the barbecue smell. It is really hot and stuffy in there too, thus sitting near a window seat will actually helps. If you are not too fussy about the atmosphere and are really hungry and want good food, I would recommend this restaurant.
All Korea BBQs look like each other
Much like their celebrities.
It was a friend's birthday and I had no say on the restaurant matter so I sucked it up and followed them into this place. There were no queue, contrary to the reviews I've read about this place. It was fairly empty and we got seated.
Maybe it's my useless stomach (I got full after eating 4 pieces of bacon-thing) that led to my low enjoyment rate but I thought this place was normal.
They had a lot of meat and my friends taught me how to bbq a bacon slice, then wrap it around a hot dog for maximum cholesterol damage. And it was not bad, but still only mediocre.
The drinks are limited and the desserts was just fruits. I was grumbling about my $20++ buffet amount towards the end. The bbq smell on my shirt was a souvenir of my lost cause.
Not coming back.
I have heard so many positive reviews about 2D1N and finally got to try it out few weeks ago. Despite the long queue, it was definitely worth it.
At only about 20+ per pax, you get to try a huge variety of food. There is beef, lamb, pork and chicken and each is nicely marinated in BBQ sauce, spicy sauce etc. The pork belly is the popular choice among me and my friends, and we love to wrap it with the cabbage so that it wouldn’t taste too oily. In addition to the grilled stuff, there is also a huge selection of cooked food like chicken wings and glass noodles. For the health conscious, you can also keep changing the aluminum sheets and their service is not too bad!
The only thing that I can pick on is the heat. Because it is so crowded, the space is really small and cramp. And if you are sitting near the stove, you can literally sweat out there. Overall, it is definitely a must visit for buffet lovers!
Worth every penny.
Deliciously affordable korean bbq food! I always recommend this place to friends who ask me where can they find a good korean bbq buffet restaurant to dine in. They offer a wide range of meet from beef, pork, chicken, different parts of pork, prawns, mussels, kimchi soup and veggies. The only thing not free flow are the drinks. At about $22+ you're paying for mouth watering seasoned meats and seafood. It is super worth it!
They have a screen which plays korean mtvs but as the restaurant is always crowded with a queue, it is slightly too noisy to hear the mtvs. Be prepared for your clothes and hair to smell like bbq smoke as the ventilation is not very good and it became stuffy and hot after awhile as we had to face the hot pan all the time. I hope their improve it to becoming a smokeless bbq like the one at bras brasah.
Go early for seats
I tried out 2D1N due to its hype. Wanting to secure a table, we arrived 20 minutes before the opening time for dinner and were surprised to find that there was already a short queue formed. This place better be super.
The variety of food was a-okay — I loved the flavourful beef (I think they do serve the best marinated beef), but I found better tasting chicken in other Korean BBQ places. The service was straightforward. The poor ventilation is a dire situation to be addressed. I was so happy to finally leave the restaurant, only to find that I stink. All in all I found the restaurant to be slightly overrated.
Free-flow of little bits of heaven.
This was a place I’ve been dying to patronize for the longest time, and I finally went there last night. There is room for improvement, but for $20++, I couldn’t have asked for more.
What I didn’t like was how confusing the place is. 2D1N has two floors, (A-la-carte on the first and buffet on the second) which seem to work almost independently from each other, and it was only after much instruction that we realized that we had to write our names on the waiting list on our own! It definitely got off to a messy start. When we finally got a table, we found a little plate placed atop the grill and didn’t understand what it was for. Luckily, we had a friend who had done this before, and we found out that you’re supposed to put the plate below the grill to collect the excess fat. Again, I was quite disappointed that no explanation was given to us. Do they assume that everyone is just born with this “basic” knowledge!?
Aside from that, the buffet line was glorious. The very skeptical people I dragged along were just as shock as I was at how good the marinades were (this place blows Seoul Garden out of the waters!). The staff was also very efficient when it came to changing our aluminum foil lining the grill ensuring that our meat hardly ever tasted burnt. I would highly suggest that you grill the straw mushrooms along with meat. Those babies suck up the fat/marinade so well you might cry taking your first bite. Can’t wait for my next trip back!
Best Korean BBQ ever.
This is definitely the place for meat (especially beef) and barbecue lovers, and one of the best places to have dinner at if you're dining with a huge group of friends. Well, it is at least a novel alternative to steamboat dinners. However, the atmosphere can get pretty rowdy, so I wouldn't recommend this place at all if you would prefer to chat over a quiet dinner with a few friends. It gets a tad too noisy when the place is packed and you may even have to raise your voice talking to someone at your own table. Also, it can get discomfortingly hot and stuffy in there, so if you come with the intent of pigging out to your heart's content, be prepared to sweat like a pig too.
It's actually pretty hard to get a place, especially if you come with a large group, so be prepared to start queuing early (preferably before the place opens, if you want to get a seat early).
As for the food, as much as I detest Korean food and barbecues in general, I must admit that 2D1N is potentially the best Korean BBQ I've dined at. So its reputation is well-deserved. They serve a variety of marinated sliced meats to which we helped ourselves plenty, particularly their beef bulgogi, which had amazing flavour, and tastes even better cooked to the right level of doneness (which you will learn to gauge for yourselves). The beef bulgogi is great eaten on its own, for those who want to savour every nuance of the meat's flavour, but I personally think it's even better eaten with fresh lettuce and some rice (which, I'm told, is Korean style) because you get a delightful contrast of flavours and textures -- the crunch and simple, clean flavour of fresh lettuce against the tender succulence and rich flavours of the meat.
A must-try for all fans of Korean BBQ.