The Place Tanjong Pagar has become a buzzing food haven in the past few months, especially with the new addition of Tanjong Pagar Centre to the CBD enclave which has quite a few exciting dining concepts like the newly opened Kuro Maguro (read our full review here) and SBCD Korean Tofu House. Located at the basement of Tanjong Pagar Centre is the few weeks’ old SBCD Korean Tofu House, which specialises in well, Korean beancurd stews. The restaurant is spacious, decked in Modern decor with a casual dining setting.
The Food The “soontofu” is the main highlight, whereby “soon” means soft literally. The tofu here is handmade daily, and comes with four levels of spiciness for the broth – mild, medium, spicy and crazy hot.
We tried the Assorted Soontofu (S$19.90) which packed ingredients like beef, clams, shrimp and squid. Being conservative, we selected the medium level which was acceptable for us, given our relatively moderate threshold for spiciness. For the price, the ingredients were not that generous even though I was deriving more pleasure from the smooth and silky tofu. Each “soontofu” also comes with an egg, hotstone rice and side dishes, which probably justifies its price.
Unlike most other Korean restaurants, the side dishes includes a whole fried croaker fish in addition to the usual kimchi, seaweed, pickled green chilies and spicy squid strips.
For a more exciting flavour, the Ham and Cheese Soontofu (S$19.90) has generous servings of ham but it was not as cheesy as it sounds, mind the pun. This flavour could very well do better with more cheese.
“Soontofu” aside, the mains here are worth trying as well. We had the LA Galbi (S$35.90), basically BBQ Short Ribs which was delicious. The well-marinated flavours exuded a nice smoky char to the ribs.
We were initially skeptical about the Spicy Grilled Chicken (S$25.90), which didn’t turn out that spicy but it was very delicious nonetheless. The slight char on the chicken gave it that tinge of smoky flavour, alongside the spicy red sauce for that extra kick. We couldn’t stop at one piece.
For sharing appetisers, there are options such as Korean Seafood Pancake (S$19.90) or the Prawn Tofu Pancake (S$19.90). The prawn tofu pancake we tried would have been better if the texture is more crisp.
Rants For a casual dining concept, the prices for the tofu dishes are no doubt on the higher end.
Will I Return Again? Other than the signature “Soontofu”, most of the dishes we tried such as the meats left an impression on us as well. If you are considering a decent and good casual Korean meal in CBD, SBCD Korean Tofu House is worth a try.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
SBCD Korean Tofu House
7 Wallich Street
Tanjong Pagar Centre #B1-01/02
Monday to Sunday: 11.30am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter