With Singapore being heavily influenced by Korean Pop, Entertainment, and Culture, it is not surprising that we have many KBBQ buffet restaurants in Singapore today.
Let’s eat gogigui!
Wonder what might gogigui means?
Koreans call Korean Barbeque gogigui. It is popularly known as KBBQ, which literally means “roasting meat”.
Seeing a rising demand for affordable good quality KBBQ buffet among friends and families, we went on a quest, which led us to… I’m Kim Korean BBQ!
It may look quiet and empty from outside of the School of The Arts (SOTA), I’m Kim is anything but that.
We had a team dinner on a Tuesday night. We were immediately greeted by the bright lights from their signboard and the friendly staff. The restaurant was starting to fill up, which made us happy we managed to snag a table.
We were pleased to find that although the outside was dark and empty, it was really bright and lively inside.
Television screens were playing Korean Pop music videos in the background. Meanwhile, diners were busy chatting and catching up with their loved ones.
However, due to Covid, their bars are not open for self-service. Thus, instead of a typical buffet system, we were table served. So with your order list, do expect that you will have to wait to have your food served. But no worries, the staff there are very fast and efficient in their service!
Unlimited Spread In The Kbbq Buffet Bar
Here comes our main cast of the day, MEAT! Their portions were very generous for 1 portion. We ordered a serving of each beef, chicken, and pork to share between the 5 of us.
Personally, my favorite was the marinated pork. It is marinated with a dark and sweet sauce. With the combination of the savory meat, it is really a dream combination. Also, the meat was cut into thick slabs and marinated with rich sauces.
Another must-try is their pork belly. I believe though most of us love pork belly, there are times that the meat is way too fat. Fret not, their pork belly has the right balance of fat and meat. I was really surprised that it was not too fatty unlike how it looked before grilling.
In addition, they have their signature volcano chicken that should not be missed. However, do expect some heat for those who have a low tolerance for spicy food.
Just thinking about it makes you drool, doesn’t it?
Unique Gems You Will Be Surprised To Find
Though they call it the vegetable section, you will be thinking that it will just be filled with greens. You will be surprised like me to see that there are even sausages and prawns?! But of course, you have got to try the prawns. What is barbeque without seafood, right?
This is a must-head-to first spot, especially for those hungry diners. While waiting for the grill to heat up, you can start by enjoying this staple food.
The must-try are tteobbokki, gimbap, kimchi pancake, and japchae, which are top popular picks there!
Furthermore, the tteobbokki might look fiery outside, the level of spice is actually just right. The dish is filled with Korean rice cakes, fish cakes, and leeks. Yum! The portion of the japchae was very generous, and the texture of the noodles was just right.
That’s not all, we found a very unexpected pleasant surprise! They have a variety of soups as well.
We were very shocked that the soup was really surprisingly good! Our favorites were the Herbal and Kimchi soups. I can feel the amount of effort the chefs had put to cook them, so do give them a try!
Eat KBBQ Buffet like A Korean: Ssam
What is KBBQ if you don’t try the authentic way of eating it? Ssam which literally means “wrapped”, is a dish in Korean in which leafy vegetables are used to wrap a piece of meat.
There are many ‘Eat KBBQ like a Korean’ signs found inside the restaurant. The ingredients of making a Ssam? Real Simple!
With your lettuce as the base, you can add in the meat of your choice. Followed by adding in some Ssamjang (thick, spicy paste) and a few slices of kimchi. To top it off, add some garlic and some chili slices. Wrap it up and feed the person beside you, yum!
Always Room for Desserts
There is always room for desserts even if your stomach feels like bursting. After all the oily meat-eating, there are fruits and desserts available to cleanse your taste buds.
Our favorite was the bobo cha cha with watermelon balls. It is a combination of sweetness from the watermelon and the creamy taste from the coconut milk soup.
Another must-try is the longan and almond pudding. The cold dessert will cool you down after all the hot grilling.
After dining at I’m Kim KBBQ, I believe this KBBQ buffet restaurant is a great value for money. I feel that the prices are very reasonable given its spread of food. Moreover, there are many discounts and deals for students, adults, and those looking for a gathering place with alcohol.
Overall, for those looking for a quality but yet affordable KBBQ buffet, I’m Kim is definitely the right choice for you.
Even on just a Tuesday night, the popularity is quite evident from the crowd. So you can consider making reservations in advance through calling. This way, you don’t have to worry about rushing to beat the queue.
However, due to Covid, they only take in a reservation of a maximum of 5 pax. Seating will be up at the restaurant’s discretion, and special requests are not guaranteed.
With that, I hope all of you stay safe during this period and go go, snag your seat now!
|Address||School of the Arts|
1 Zubir Said Drive #01-04, Singapore 227968
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut. Exit A (5 mins walk)
|Contact Details||+65 6238 7218|
|Official Pages||Main | Facebook|
|Operating Hours||Weekday: 11.30am – 4.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm|
Buffet Counter closes at 3.30pm & 9.30pm respectively
Weekend/PH: 11.30am – 4.00pm, 4.00pm – 10.30pm
Buffet Counter closes at 9.30pm
To fully appreciate Korean food culture in Singapore, there are many KBBQ places and Korean fried chicken restaurants we have here, with more options to choose from. What’s best is that you can find yourself landing in some good KBBQ buffet deals in some restaurants!
Who doesn’t like having good buffet deals? Likewise, from steamboat buffet places to the best buffet restaurants in Singapore, we also have halal-certified buffet restaurants for everyone to satisfy their buffet food cravings.
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