Korean BBQ buffets for the hungry soul
I am not sure about you, but I definitely am a sucker for sappy Korean romcom. 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 Korean BBQ restaurants!
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 because of their affordable prices. Out of their array of marinated meat, a few standouts 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 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: Tue-Thur 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11pm, Fri-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 8183 4939
4. Goki Day Korean BBQ Buffet
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Located at Serangoon, Goki Day Korean BBQ Buffet offers both Korean BBQ buffet and a la carte dishes. Our favourite a la carte dish is Do Si Rak ($9.90+), which is a Korean rice box with a fried egg and your choice of meat – chicken, beef, or luncheon meat. Remember to shake the rice box before eating! If you’re dining in a group, go all out and opt for the BBQ buffet ($22.90+ for lunch, $26.90+ for dinner), which consists of premium meats such as spicy pork belly and marinated beef ribs, along with unlimited sides including steamed egg and vegetable pancake.
5. 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
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: Daily 11:30am to 12am
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, $23.90++ for dinner every Monday to Thursday and weekend lunches, and $24.90++ 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. Besides the usual banchan, free-flow steamed egg is also available as part of the buffet. On top of the buffet, other stellar a la carte dishes include Kimchi Pancake ($18+) and Ginseng Chicken Soup ($15+). The buffet goes at $23+ for lunch every Monday to Saturday, $26+ for dinner every Monday to Thursday, and $28+ for dinner every Friday to Saturday.
Address: 35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089000
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm (last order 9:30pm)
Tel: 9749 5680
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.
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.