Riding the tides of the K-Pop wave that has awashed Singapore is the cuisine of Korea. And who among us can say no to Korean barbeque (KBBQ), where meat lovers get to savour the tender juiciness of marinated beef, pork, and chicken grilled on the spot.
To top things off, there are also veg dishes served on the side, making sure you stay on track with your balanced diet while indulging in your love for meat.
And the best part? KBBQ is usually served buffet-style. This means that it’s usually pricey, but here are 14 affordable KBBQ restaurants in Singapore, promising to treat your tastebuds without nuking your wallet.
Korean BBQs have been popular for years but the options for halal ones are still rather limited, making any new and MUIS-certified restaurants very welcome.
Opened at Tampines in 2018, Captain Kim has over 60 different types of food ranging from meats, vegetables, a free-flow salad bar, as well as ready-to-eat food. Owned by the same group operating the popular I’m Kim franchise, this KBBQ restaurant also serves ready-cooked volcano chicken which spicy food lovers will appreciate.
You won’t be limited to just barbecued meat either. Cleanse your palate with the included free-flow hotpot where you can add instant ramen noodles, popular toppings such as sausages and crabsticks, vegetables, and my personal favourite, an assortment of mushrooms.
Check out our Captain Kim review on Eatbook.
*Students and senior citizens have to present valid identification. Paying children are between 90CM-140CM, children under 90CM dine for free.
Address: 300 Tampines Avenue 5, #01-06, NTUC Income Tampines Junction, Singapore 529653
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11.30AM-3.30PM, 5.30PM to 10.30PM | Sat – Sun 11.30AM-10.30PM
Telephone: 6260 4247
Image credit: Hello Korean BBQ
Their standard all-day buffet price of $29.90 is a little steep, but dedicated fans of samgyeopsal or pork belly will be in for a treat at HELLO Korean BBQ. The unlimited KBBQ set focuses on high-quality pork belly, pork collar and boneless chicken in three to four different flavours as well as prawns.
After trawling through reviews, we found that the soya sauce chicken is the tastiest of the lot, while the spicy chicken will have you chugging drinks after finishing just one serving. On the other hand, their spicy pork flavour has a more subdued amount of heat.
Image credit: HELLO Korean BBQ
Those who can never have a complete KBBQ experience without beef can order some on top of the buffet, with all a la carte beef dishes going at 50% off.
Price: $29.90 (adult) | Children below 1.2M dine free
*Minimum 2 pax for buffet
Address: 46 Circular Road, Singapore 049401
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 11.30PM-2.30PM, 5.30PM-10.30PM | Sun 5.30PM-10.30PM
Telephone: 6438 6651
Quietly tucked away in a corner of Tanjong Katong Road, Danji Korean BBQ Buffet is not as well known as some on this list. Nevertheless, you’ll often find it packed during dinner, a testament to how good it is. There are indoor and outdoor seating options, but the buffet selection is inside so make a reservation if you don’t want the trouble of going in and out to get food.
Everything available is free-flow, including cheese and butter, so you’re sure to get the most value for your money here. Besides raw meat like pork and chicken for barbecuing, there are also hot dishes like Korean pancakes, kimchi stew, soya sauce Korean fried chicken, and cold noodles.
*Children are between 4-12 years old
Address: 188L Tanjong Katong Road, #01-01, Singapore 437156
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11.30AM-2.30PM, 5.30PM-10PM | Sat – Sun 11.30AM-10PM
Telephone: 6348 1244
Image credit: Xing Wei Chua
For those wanting a slightly less sinful meal, the hotplates used at Maru Korean BBQ Buffet are equipped with a drainage system to get rid of excess oil. That way, you can savour lean yet flavourfully marinated meats without having to worry about consuming too much grease.
Food-wise, they offer marinated pork, beef, and chicken as well some frozen faves like sausages. Other sides you can indulge in include free-flow takoyaki, japchae, and tteokbokki. You can wash everything down with their free-flow fruit juices during your 2-hour dining time.
Address: 16 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 12PM-3PM, 5.30PM-11PM | Sat – Sun & PH 12PM-11PM (Closed on Mon)
Telephone: 8183 4939
If your meat cravings are not confined to any particular type of meat, then Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet is the place for you. With lunch prices beginning from just $14.90, Daessiksin serves up at least 10-12 varieties of meaty goodness, ranging from beef short ribs and pork collar to well-marinated spicy chicken and chicken bulgogi.
To further complement your meal, Daessiksin provides you with free flow soft drinks like Coca-Cola, Sprite and lemonade. Other types of drinks are also sold separately, including Korean alcohol like chamisul soju and mak gulli rice wine.
Check out Daessiksin’s full list of outlets here.
Address: 277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway #03-17, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: 11:30AM-3:30PM | 5:30PM-10:30PM
Oppa BBQ offers the most extensive price range in this list, with rates beginning from just $5 for toddlers and $16 for adults.
To add on, Oppa BBQ also offers a wide range of meat options. Expect to find choice cuts of pork golbi and beef striploin, with their thick-cut pork belly and spicy chicken coming highly recommended.
And if you’re on the lookout for healthier options, you’ll be glad to know that Oppa BBQ has a salad bar that carries all the ingredients you’ll need to whip up a delicious ssambap (Korean lettuce wrap), including spring onions, green chilli, and sliced onions.
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #03-10, Singapore 609731
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11.30AM-4.30PM, 4.31PM-10.20PM | Sat – Sun & P.H. 11.30AM-10.20PM
Oppa Korean BBQ website
At Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet, options are slightly limited as compared to your standard KBBQ, but from $14.90, it compensates for this by being stringent with the quality of its ingredients.
Apart from the standard meat ensemble like seasoned soy sauce pork/chicken and pork belly, expect to find vegetables including bean sprouts, onions, and pickles. Grill these along with your meat, and you’ll give your meal that extra crunch and flavour.
Address: 291 New Bridge Road, #01-01, Oriental Plaza, Singapore 088756
Telephone: 6225 6964
Tanjong Pagar outlet
Address: 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088467
Telephone: 6227 6033
Bras Basah Outlet
Address: 231 Bain Street, #02-01 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231
Telephone: 6336 4476
A well-known name in Singapore’s KBBQ scene, I’m KIM Korean BBQ has affordable rates beginning from $14.90 with lots of variety in its food options. Amongst its list of BBQ staples are its signature volcano chicken -so named for its intense spicy flavour-, spicy pork collar, and fried chicken wings which are not readily available elsewhere.
I’m KIM Korean BBQ doesn’t scrimp on its side dishes either, letting you take breaks in between your BBQ sessions with delectables like kimchi fried rice, japchae, and tteokbokki.
If you don’t know how to BBQ your food, feel free to approach the friendly staff on hand and they’ll teach you how to grill your food.
Book a session at I’m Kim Korean BBQ.
*For students aged 26 & below and senior citizens aged 60 & above: To flash NRIC & valid student pass.
Address: School Of The Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive, #01-04/07 Singapore 227968
Opening hours: 11:30AM-3:30PM | 5:30PM-10:30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6238 7218
KBBQ is definitely the way to satisfy your meat cravings, but this comes at the cost of burning your mouth from being too eager with lifting the meat from the grill. K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet has a solution for this, providing free flow soft drinks and ice cream from $16.90.
Ice cream comes fully customisable, with a wide range of toppings to choose from – rainbow sparkles, cereal, and chocolate chip are among some choices.
If soft drinks aren’t your kind of beverage, check out K.Cook’s selection of alcoholic drinks, with signature drinks including maehwasoo, a lovely blend of plum and apricot, and jinro het bokbunja, a berry wine.
K.Cook also offers both air-conditioned and open-air seating. If you’re able to withstand just a little more heat, find a place in the open-air section and you’ll be treated to K-Pop music video screenings as you dine.
*10% discount offered for buffet food if meal is completed in 1 hour.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #07-01, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 11.30AM-3PM | 5.30PM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6884 7282
2D1N Soju Bang Korean Restaurant offers you the standard KBBQ fare from $22. Free side dishes accompany your KBBQ, including steamed egg, seafood and chives pancake, and ban chan.
But if you’re dining alone or aren’t too hungry, 2D1N Soju Bang also has ala carte dishes, including grilled Bulgogi beef, seafood & chive pancakes, and Yangponi Bibimbap.
Image credit: @sabbywong
Prices: $22 (adult) | $16 (child)
Address: 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-01, S(088465)
Telephone: 6227 6033
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 5:30PM-4AM | Sun: 5:30PM-12AM
At Don Dae Bak Korean BBQ (from $25.90), charcoal is used instead of gasoline to grill your meat – you’ll find that it turns out more tender. On top of this, every grill comes outfitted with a groove on the outer ring: this is where beaten egg is poured into, so you’ll have some comforting warm steamed egg to enjoy with your meat.
And as with every other KBBQ place, Don Dae Bak comes with a huge selection of meat options, covering the bases with marinated beef, pork belly, and chicken.
Address: 35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089000
Opening hours: 11:30AM-2:30PM | 5:30PM-10:30PM (Closed on Sun)
Telephone: 6226 1727
You might think I’m KIM Junior is the mini version of I’m KIM Korean BBQ, but don’t be fooled: from $14.90, I’m KIM Junior is every bit as, if not more, outstanding as its parent. Here, it offers you 2 dishes absent in its parent: army stew and DIY chicken & seafood galbi.
The chicken & seafood galbi is entirely DIY, and you’re given a round hot plate where you can select your own ingredients like cheese, vermicelli, kimchi, and mushrooms to create your own dish. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, fret not, as the ingredients are well-marinated. So if you’re not good in the kitchen, all you need to do is stir.
*For students aged 26 & below and senior citizens aged 60 & above: To flash NRIC & valid student pass
KBBQ is definitely a must-try for any meat lover – whether you’re a diehard fan of K-Pop or not. But satisfying your meat cravings doesn’t mean you must spend excessively, and these restaurants will help you keep within your food budget.
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Original article published on 18th October 2018. Last updated by Alvy on 25th June 2020.
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