24 June 2013, Singapore – The folks at Metropolitant hates crappy food. We prefer to head down to outlets for incognito tasting to make sure the reviews are impartial and reflective of the dining experience you will encounter when you walk in for a meal. But when we chance upon a great restaurant that satisfy our insatiable craving of good food, trust us, its gonna be good.
Most Korean BBQ outlets in Singapore either leaves you smelling like a piece of BBQ meat or the meat quality is so bad, it will make make us choke on it. And they love to open up branches to offer more bad meat to Singaporeans. We were invited try out a Korean BBQ restaurant recently, and you should visit that outlet soon.
Remember, quality authentic BBQ Korean restaurants are not the cheapest option in town, and if you want good quality meat for a meal. But if you are willing to get out of your comfort zone, and pamper yourself with good quality, I repeat, good quality authentic Korean BBQ, check out Bornga.
BORNGA, Korea’s leading chain of authentic BBQ restaurants, opened their second outlet in May 2013 at VivoCity, following the successful launch of its first outlet in mid October 2012 at the Star Vista mall.
BORNGA is the brainchild of Mr. Paik Jong Won, one of Korea’s most successful and renowned celebrity chefs. It has anchored itself as a popular household favourite with an empire of 33 branches in Korea. To date, it is the largest chain of Korean BBQ restaurants globally with close to 50 restaurants in Korea (33 restaurants), China, USA, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
You MUST order the Dwaeji Gohchujang BBQ ($36) comprises of spicy pork slices that have been grilled, then stir-fried with spring onions and served on a hot plate. The dish is one of my favorite and you won’t have to wait for them to be cooked over the stove. Pick a piece of meat and smother it with gratuitous amount of rice, uhmmm, absolutely delicious.
BORNGA’s top seller, Woo Samgyup ($28 / 200g). This is Chef Paik’s patented recipe of thinly-sliced beef seasoned in BORNGA’s secret marinade. Unlike the typical Korean BBQ dish bulgogi which usually appears dull after marinating for at least half a day in a dark-coloured sauce, BORNGA’s Woo Samgyup is served shortly after being doused in the unique BORNGA dressing that retains the meat’s natural colour while enhancing the traditional bulgogi taste. DO NOT leave the restaurant before ordering/trying/devouring this dish. You will regret it. The tender beef slices melts in your mouth and may induce Korean BBQ addiction.
What that’s all? Nope, but we strongly believe these 2 dish coupled with the great service they provides makes Bornga one of the better, if not best Korean BBQ restaurants around. Think otherwise? Email us and we will gladly update this post with your comments.
Meanwhile, head down and chow down.
The Star Vista, #02-24, 1 Vista Exchange Green,
Singapore 138617. Tel: 6694 4696
VivoCity, #02-123/124, 1 Harbourfront Avenue,
Singapore 098585. Tel: 6376 8268
Operating hours: 11:30am to 10.00pm daily
Modes of payment: Visa and Master Card; Cash