The Place Opened in 2020, I checked out Hanjip Korean Grill House in Clarke Quay recently for a Korean barbecue dinner. The restaurant is located in the heart of the buzzing Clarke Quay, with a sleek dim dining ambience in a space which spans over 5000 sq feet, one of the biggest Korean barbeque restaurants in Singapore. Most tables can accommodate four to six diners and there are also private dining rooms.
The Food The restaurant strives to be the most authentic traditional Korean barbeque restaurant in Singapore, and some of their signature cuts are the Australian Wagyu and USDA Prime Beef which are aged meats. Other than BBQ meats, you can also find other commonly seen Korean dishes on its menu.
I was first served a series of Banchan which include the likes of the delicious fried lotus and kimchi.
For a start, I had the Gingseng Chicken (S$30) soup, a nourishing pot with a whole chicken. I love that the ginseng taste is just right and not too overpowering, and it comes with generous portions of chicken meat. The serving is good to share for 3-4 diners.
Next up was the Spicy Seafood Tofu (S$25), which is good to share for 3-4 diners. It is not too spicy, where the soup is quite flavourful along with the tofu.
Steamed Egg (S$10) is my staple side dish for Korean meal and the version here is delicious where you get a nice fluffy egg texture.
I also strongly recommend the Kimchi Pancake (S$20) which is done to a perfect crispy texture, with a good hint of kimchi flavour.
If you love meat and cheese, there is the stir-fried Spicy Chicken with Cheese (S$32) where it also comes with tteokbokki. Not too spicy overall, and you get a nice cheese pull with the chicken here.
On to the grilled meats, I had the Hanjip Platter (S$168), a 650g mix of two types of beef and two types of pork. You get the USDA Prime Ribeye (200g), USDA Prime Boneless Short Ribs (150g), Kurobuta Pork Belly (150g) and the Marinated Pork Collar (150g).
My favourite cut from the platter is the ribeye, grilled to a nice medium-rare texture for us by the staff, where the ribeye is succulent and very flavourful.
The short ribs come in thinner slices as compared to the cubes of ribeye, where the flavour profile is less fatty but still flavourful nonetheless.
For the pork meat, I prefer the Marinated Pork Collar which comes in chunkier and juicer pieces as compared to the pork belly.
Rants There is two hours dining limit during my dinner visit, something to take note if you are planning to take your time to enjoy your meal.
Will I Return Again? Overall, I had a good dining experience at Hanjip Korean Grill House where the dishes are consistently good, especially so for the quality of the grilled meats.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Hanjip Korean Grill House
3C River Valley Road, #01-11 Clarke Quay
Tel: +65 8882 9011
Monday to Sunday: 12pm to 2:30pm; 5pm to 12am
Ranted by The Ranter