The Place A popular Korean eatery located at Upper Bukit Timah, it took me some time to plan a visit to Three Meals A Day as I am more Eastie than Westie. The basic and often dated decor creates this rustic charm which is synonymous to most neighbourhood Korean restaurants.
Make sure you plan your visit here and reserve your table, otherwise be prepared to join in the queue which can drag beyond an hour during peak dinner hours. I managed to reserve a table at 6pm, and there was already a snaking queue of eager diners without reservations.
The Food As with most Korean restaurants in Singapore, expect a whole selection of classic Korean dishes from the usual grilled meats, to hot bowls of pipping Korean stews and crowd’s favourites such as Bibimbap and Korean Pancakes. Since it was my first visit to this popular joint, I took some references from online reviews and decided to go with some of the popular options.
Always go for Sundubu Jjigae (S$12) in every Korean restaurant, since it is such a household comfort dish in Korea, which is usually a make-or-break for me in gauging the restaurant’s standards. Found the stew slightly too watery, and wouldn’t mind if more Korean Chilli Powder is added or a thicker base broth be used. It is still a satisfying dish, and my dining party did empty the pot.
I am personally a fan of Ttukbaegi Bulgogi (S$13) aka Korean Beef Stew, and the rendition at Three Meals A Day ticks many boxes. Not too salty, yet with a robust flavour, the beef slices are not overcooked and the tender meats went really well with the rice. Add more glass noodles, and this will be a perfect bowl of beef stew for the rainy day.
If you get the hint from my earlier sentence, you would have concluded my love for glass noodles, especially when the noodles gets to soak in the wholesome jus. Ordered Japchae (S$15) to complete my Korean dinner in the west side of Singapore, and am not disappointed. Again, wouldn’t have mind if the flavours are bolder here.
Rants A very busy restaurant with fast and chaotic service, coupled with a snaking queue, Three Meals A Day is not a place to visit for a relaxed meal.
Will I Return Again? There are many Korean family restaurants in Singapore, including favourites such as Hanwoori. For a return visit, it perhaps just needs an outstanding Korean dish or a familiar personable service for one to travel from the other side of Singapore. For now, Three Meals A Day is a popular Korean restaurant in the west side of the island, just not one I will frequent regularly.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Three Meals A Day
12 Chun Tin Road
Tel: +65 6463 2346
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 to 3:30pm; 6 to 10:30pm
Closed on Mondays
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