The Place It has been awhile since I had Korean barbecue in Singapore as there were not many exciting new openings in the past year. Great news for all Korean food fans, as Seorae Singapore is a few months old Korean barbecue chain which opened its doors at Plaza Singapura recently. Hailing from Korea, Seorae Galmaegi is a big name with 264 restaurants globally, with the Plaza Singapura opening being its debut in Singapore.
The Food One main highlight which Seorae prides itself is its signature Korean galmaegisal, which is also known as pork skirt meat, supposedly the first restaurant in Singapore to serve this unique part of the pig.
We started with the Original Galmaegisal (Regular (170g): $21.90 / King (270g): $29.90) and Galmaegisal marinated with Garlic soy-sauce (Regular (170g): $22.90 / King (270g): $31.90). Try to have the meats with the accompanying onion and spicy sauces. One of my favourite parts of the grill at Seorae is that it offers melted cheese on the grill, where we tried dipping the meats into for that added layer of cheesiness. Do not forget the free-flow eggs as well, where you can request to be poured into your grill.
If you are not conscious of fatty meats, try the Samgyeobsal ($19.90), or Pork belly which was marinated in Spicy marinade. Be warned that the spiciness level is not mild, as some of us found it too spicy for comfort.
For something different, go for the Hangjeongsal (Pork neck – $21.90) and Woosamgyeob (Beef belly – $24.90), which I found a liking to as well for its well-marinated and tender flavours.
I have never heard of LA Galbi ($38.90) previously, which is a specific part of the Beef ribs. We were surprised by the tenderness of the beef, filled with so much umami.
After so much meat, it was comforting to dive into the Sundubu Jjigae (Small: $14.90 / Large $18.90), a Korean stew which consists of soft, silky tofu. The spiciness level for the Sundubu Jjigae was just right for me.
Another worthy side dish to go along is the Haemul Pajeon ($18.90), Korean pancake with green onions and seafood. You can’t go very wrong with Korean pancakes.
For desserts, Bingsoo lovers will love the dedicated Bingsoo station, which offer pretty unique flavours such as Apgujeong Bingsoo (Cheese – $14.90), Bibim Patbingsoo ($12.90), Namdaemun Bingsoo ($14.90) and Itaewon Bingsoo ($15.90). Our top pick is the Cheese flavour!
Rants As with most Korean barbecue, this is not the place to go if you expect to walk out smoky free. The best plan after our meal was to head home for a shower.
Will I Return Again? After eating, I felt like Seorae is one of my best Korean barbecue experience in a long while. The high quality of the meats will be something I will be back for.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
68 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6238 8429
Sunday to Thursday: 11:30am to 10:00pm (Last order: 9.30pm)
Friday to Saturday: 11:30am to 11:00pm (Last order: 10.30pm)
Ranted by The Ranter