Korean BBQ buffets for the hungry soul
I am not sure about you, but I definitely am a sucker for sappy Korean romcoms. I always end up with baggy eyes and a rumbling tummy from pulling all-nighters to binge-watch the shows. This in turn makes me go on a crazy Korean feast the next day, usually at a Korean BBQ buffet restaurant. For those of you who love to eat Korean food after watching K-dramas, check out this list of my favourite restaurants that serve Korean BBQ buffets!
1. I’m Kim Korean BBQ
Located just a few minutes’ walk away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, I’m Kim Korean BBQ is often bustling with hungry people during lunch. Among their array of marinated meat, a few popular picks would be their spicy volcano chicken and succulent beef. There is also a wide variety of side dishes available, including kimchi soup, tteokbokki and a self-serve salad bar. Be sure to help yourself to a generous serving of kimchi pancake, as it often runs out within minutes of being refilled!
The buffet goes at $14.90++ for a weekday lunch, $24.90++ for dinner every Monday to Thursday and weekend lunches, and $25.90++ for dinner every Friday to Sunday. Students get a $2 discount for all sessions.
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Address: 1 Zubir Said Drive, #01-04/05/06/07, School of The Arts, Singapore 227968
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6238 7218
2. Ssikkek Korean BBQ
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Be spoilt for choice at Ssikkek Korean BBQ, which offers an assortment of cooked dishes on top of the usual marinated meats. With items such as japchae, ramyeon and Korean fried chicken, you won’t be starving while waiting for your meats to cook. As if that’s not enough, the restaurant also dishes out banchan. DIY your ssam-bomb with a slice of lettuce topped with grilled meat, garlic and kimchi! The buffet costs $14++ for weekday lunches and $24++ for weekday dinners and on weekends.
3. Maru Korean BBQ Buffet
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Dishing up fuss-free Korean BBQ, Maru Korean BBQ Buffet will please those looking for a simple but satisfying Korean BBQ restaurant. The marinated meats are seasoned just enough to pack a punch of flavour, without being too heavy on the palate. Other side dishes include takoyaki, japchae and tteokbokki, along with free-flow fruit cordials. Be sure to only grab what you can stomach, ‘cause this restaurant has a policy of charging $50 per 100g of leftovers! The buffet is priced at $14++ for weekday lunches, $21++ for weekday dinners, and $24++ on weekends.
Address: 16 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599740
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 8183 4939
4. Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet
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Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet is located in Orchard, making it a great K-BBQ restaurant to dine at if you and your chingus live in scattered parts of Singapore. Their K-BBQ buffet ($14.90++ for weekday lunch, $19.90++ for weekend lunch, $24.90++ for dinner daily) offers different cuts of marinated meats along with a variety of Korean side dishes and cooked food, with a few hits being sweet and sour chicken, sesame balls, and bulgogi beef. If you hate being in a food coma, opt for the restaurant’s set lunches that come with unlimited soft drinks and tea. Stand-outs include the Pork Belly with Spicy Squid ($12.80++) lunch set, which has stir-fried marinated pork belly and squid, and Ramyun Set ($6.80++) – a simple and comforting noodle option.
Address: 277 Orchard Road, #03-17, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 11:30am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6702 7427
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5. Hanssik Korean BBQ Buffet
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Hanssik Korean BBQ Buffet is one of the few halal KBBQ places around. They’re the halal sister brand to Daessiksin KBBQ, and have 10-12 different types of meat, along with a free flow of side dishes. They also have a savoury cheese dip that you can set in the middle of the hotplate, so you can coat the marinated meat in molten cheesy goodness! A couple of the old Daessiksin outlets were recently converted to their halal-certified siblings, at Clementi, West Mall, and Kallang Wave mall. The price remains the same, at $24.90++ for daily dinner, and $14.90++ for the weekday lunch buffet.
Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue W, #05-17/18, The Clementi Mall, Singapore 129588
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6659 0749
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6. K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet
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K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet boasts a large dining area with both air-conditioned and al fresco seatings. Their meat selection includes a wide variety of marinated and non-marinated cuts, as well as seafood such as squid and prawn. Help yourself to a bowl of spicy tofu stew, which has a tangy flavour and leaves a lingering heat on your tongue. K-pop music videos are also screened at the outdoor dining area, so chope a seat there if you want to jam to SNSD or Big Bang. Tip: you can enjoy a 10% discount if your buffet meal is less than an hour! The buffet is priced at $14.90++ for weekday lunches, $24.90++ for weekday dinners, $16.90++ for weekend lunches, and $26.90++ for weekend dinners.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #07-01, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6884 7282
7. Sin Manbok Korean Restaurant
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For a value-for-money meal, choose from one of the different food combinations that Sin Manbok Korean Restaurant has to offer. My all-time-favourite here is Event 4 ($25++), which comes with unlimited marinated meat, a bowl of Korean stew, spicy tteokbokki, a plate of fried Korean chicken and either Korean pancake or steamed egg. If you’re not one to share your food, select a dish from their wide choice of a la carte options, including traditional Korean street food such as Jajangmyeon ($13++) and Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup ($14++).
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Address: 17 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599741
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11:30am to 12am, Thurs 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6466 4342
8. I’m Kim Junior
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Unlike I’m Kim Korean BBQ, I’m Kim Junior offers an army stew buffet on top of the usual Korean BBQ buffet. Sides such as truffle fries and Korean fried chicken are available at this outlet. If you’re one who cannot go without carbs, you can also opt to DIY your own chicken dak galbi or kimchi fried rice with various toppings such as cheese (additional $1.80++ per 100g), tteokbokki, kimchi and marinated meat.
I’m Kim Junior’s prices are $14.90++ for weekday lunches, $24.90++ for dinner every Monday to Thursday and weekend lunches, and $25.90++ for dinner every Friday to Sunday. Students get a $2 discount for lunch daily and Monday to Thursday dinners, and a $1 discount for Friday to Sunday dinners.
Address: 2 Orchard Link, #03-01, *Scape, Singapore 237978
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6634 0420
9. Don Dae Bak
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Don Dae Bak features special charcoal grills that impart a smoky taste to your meat. On top of the free-flow buffet, other stellar a la carte dishes include Kimchi Pancake ($25+) and Hot Stone Bibimbap ($16+). The buffet goes at $25.90+ all day on weekdays, $27.90+ on Friday, weekends, public holidays, and eves of public holidays.
Address: 35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089000
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 5am, Fri-Sun 11:30pm to 5am
Tel: 6226 1727
10. Ju Shin Jung Korean Restaurant
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Ju Shin Jung Korean Restaurant offers a range of BBQ sets that cater to your preference of meat, with the most expensive being A Set ($190++). It comprises beef ribs, boneless short ribs, wagyu beef chuck, mushrooms, a Korean pancake, a stew of your choice, as well as unlimited Korean wine and Oreo bingsu. If you’re feeling ravenous that day, go for their Unlimited BBQ ($32++ for lunch, $38++ for Mon-Thur dinner, $42++ for Fri-Sun dinner), which includes free-flow marinated meat such as sliced beef, prawn and pork belly, along with a main dish of your pick.
11. Seoulid Korean BBQ
Seoulid is a rather new arrival to the KBBQ scene. Despite that, the coffee shop stall is right up there with the others in terms of value and affordability. Seoulid’s most basic buffet package is the Army Stew Buffet ($11.80). The buffet includes a free flow of army stew soup, and all the ingredients you’d expect to find in it— Korean fishcake, crabsticks, tteokbokki, noodles and more.
The more expensive option is the Premium Buffet ($11.80 + $7), which gets you a free flow of all the meat, veggies and seafood that Seoulid has to offer. On weekends, the price is a bit more expensive, but you can get seafood such as crayfish and flower crabs all at far lower prices than almost any other restaurant.
Read our full review of Seoullid!
Address: Blk 328, Clementi Avenue 2, #01-220, Singapore 120328
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 12am
Tel: 8368 8566
12. Michin Korean BBQ And Hotpot
Michin Korean BBQ And Hotpot is another KBBQ joint that’s tucked away in a residential coffee shop. The KBBQ and hotpot buffet is $17.80. There are plenty of meat options to grill up and enjoy, like the Soya Chicken Leg, Marinated Beef Slices, and Garlic Pork Collar. The meats are high quality and marinated well.
Six soup bases are available for the picking at Michin. Some options are Mala, Tom Yum, and Kimchi. The kimchi base helps to impart powerful flavours into the seafood ingredients, but is a little bit overpowering for the marinated meat. Even though the buffet is under $20, you can still get tons of seafood, such as mussels, prawns, and scallops. It’s definitely a worthwhile deal.
Check out our full review of Michin Korean BBQ and Hotpot!
Address: 473 Fernvale Street, #01-05, Singapore 790473
Opening hours: Mon 5pm to 11pm, Wed-Thurs 5pm to 11pm, Fri-Sun 5pm to 12am
13. Dookki Singapore
Dookki Singapore is a little bit more unconventional. It’s a Korean buffet, but instead of pork belly slabs, you’ll be getting an unlimited supply of army stew and chewy tteokbokki instead! The Tteokbokki Buffet ($18.80++) lasts for 90 minutes, and for that duration, you can stuff yourself full of the tasty rice cakes. For another $9.80++, you can get a ring of cheesy sauce to pair them with. Toss them right into the bubbling pot of army stew, and then coat them in layer after layer of molten cheese.
For those who can’t get enough of the rice cakes, there are eight different types of toothsome tteokbokki. There’s the classic variant we all know and love, thinner varieties, ones stuffed with cheese, pumpkin paste, and some with sweet potato filling! There’s a range of sauces for you to mix and match according to your preference.
There are also tons of other sides, like a free flow of Korean fishcakes on sticks, fried and battered meat, kimchi fried rice and more!
Check out our full review of Dokki here.
14. Korean Fusion BBQ
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Korean Fusion BBQ is nestled in Dunlop street, relatively hidden compared to the other restaurants. You’ll need to head up a tiny flight of stairs to reach the restaurant, revealing a modernised, trendy interior, complete with the graffiti walls and Korean idol pinups. The adult price is $27.80+ for a weekday lunch, and $31.80+ for a weekday dinner. The KBBQ joint has rather unique meats for grilling, like Bak Kwa Bacon, Lychee Pork Belly and Curry Chicken.
Despite the rather hefty price, Korean Fusion BBQ has constant offers and promotions on various sites like eatigo and chopedeals, so be sure to research the best deals if you plan on heading down. This KBBQ restaurant is open till 2am, so you’ll easily be able to fulfil your late-night cravings.
Address: 5 Dunlop Street, #02-00, Singapore 209335
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2am
Tel: 9232 2367
15. 2D1N Soju Bang
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2D1N Soju Bang is a two-storey restaurant located along Tanjong Pagar Road. The first floor focuses on ala carte items, while the second is where the buffet can be found. The weekday buffet is $25++, and the weekend one is $27++. Each buffet lasts 90 minutes, and includes dishes such as kimchi and seafood pancakes, soup and ramyeon, and all the classic KBBQ meat. If you’re still hungry, you can order large platters of dishes such as the Snow Galbi Chobob ($35++) that feeds two to three, or the Budae Jjigae ($25), which is chock-full of all the army stew essentials.
Address: 46 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088467
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 3am
Tel: 6227 6033
Korean BBQ buffets that’ll make you go masiseoyo!
There is no such thing as a bad meal if the meal comes with unlimited food. If you’re more of a single-serving eater, check out these affordable Korean food places! In the meantime, drop us a comment below if you know of other K-BBQ places that we have yet to try.