As you probably already know, it’s very expensive to enjoy Korean food in Singapore – especially Korean BBQ.
In general, buffets are more expensive than ordering a la carte, but in this unique case, it seems that Korean BBQ buffets are not just more value for money, but cheaper too! Even if you don’t eat like a growing teenager, you’re still likely to spend less at a Korean BBQ buffet restaurant.
A weekday lunch buffet can be as affordable as $15, but ordering a la carte typically sets you back about $30 to $40 dollars – yikes!
Best Korean BBQ in Singapore (2020) — the price list
Whether located at a shophouse in Tanjong Pagar (the “Korean BBQ district”) or at shopping malls all across the island, here are some of the most well loved Korean BBQ buffets that are not just yummy, but affordable too.
|Korean BBQ Restaurant||Price|
|Oppa BBQ||Weekday lunch $14++
Weekday dinner $24++
Weekend, PH $24++
|Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet||Weekday lunch $14.90++
Weekday dinner $24.90++
Weekend, PH $24.90++
|Daessiksin Korean BBQ||Weekday lunch $14.90++
Weekday dinner $24.90++
Weekend, PH $24.90++
|I’m Kim Korean BBQ||Weekday lunch $14.90++
Weekday dinner $24.90++
Weekend lunch $24.90++
Weekend dinner $25.90++
|K COOK Korean BBQ||Weekday lunch $16.90++
Weekday dinner $26.90++
Weekend, PH lunch $26.90++
Weekend, PH dinner $28.90++
|Seoul Garden (halal)||Weekday lunch $24++
Weekday dinner $31++
Weekend lunch $31++
Weekend dinner $35++
|Don Dae Bak||Weekday lunch $25.90++
Weekday dinner $25.90++
Weekend, PH Eve, PH $27.90++
|Korean Fusion BBQ||Weekday lunch $27.80++
Weekday dinner $31.80++
Weekend lunch $29.80++
Weekend dinner $33.80++
Oppa BBQ (Korean BBQ Buffet)
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-10 JCube, Singapore 609731
Opening hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm daily
Oppa BBQ started out at Tanjong Pagar in 2008 – the motherland of all famous Korean food in Singapore. It’s now located at JCube in Jurong, but serves the same affordable Korean BBQ buffet. The Korean-style chilli seems pretty authentic, so make sure you try the marinated meats. Buffet prices are usually jacked up for weekend dinners, but not at Oppa BBQ: The weekday lunch is the most value-for-money at $14++, but all other times it’s $24++. Oppa BBQ is a brother brand of the also popular Ssikkek BBQ.
Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet (Korean BBQ Buffet)
Oriental Plaza – 291 New Bridge Rd, #01-01 Oriental Plaza, Singapore 088756
Bain Street – 231 Bain St, #02-01, Singapore 180231
Tanjong Pagar – 44 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088465
Opening hours: 5pm – 11pm daily (Tanjong Pagar), 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 10pm daily (all other outlets)
Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet is a chain of Korean BBQ buffet restaurants. The cheap Korean BBQ buffet chain is widely known for its $14++ lunch and $24++ dinner, and is affiliated with the similarly priced Oppa BBQ. Ssikkek’s got a great spread of raw meats and cooked dishes, but I’d go straight for the pork bellies and chicken thighs – you are looking for a barbecue meal right?
I thought the food was only so-so when I visited their Novena outlet, and the lukewarm online reviews seem to echo my sentiments. I’ve never tried Oppa BBQ, but judging from the great feedback online, I think they’ll be the next one I try.
Daessiksin (Korean BBQ Buffet)
Note: There are 7 Daessiksin outlets in Singapore, please refer to the official website for the addresses and opening hours.
Daessiksin is the Korean BBQ buffet brand under the Ministry of Food chain in Singapore. The prices are reasonable for shopping malls, which is where most of the outlets are. Prices start at $14.90++ for weekday lunch, while weekday dinners and weekend buffets (all day) are $24.90++. As far as Korean BBQ chains at malls go, Daessiksin’s biggest competitor is Ssikkek. They’re both about the same price, so try them both and decide for yourself which you prefer.
I’m Kim Korean BBQ (Korean BBQ Buffet)
Address: 1 Zubir Said Drive, School of The Arts #01-04/05/06/07, Singapore 227968
Opening hours: 11.30am – 3.30pm & 5.30pm – 10.30pm daily
I’m Kim Korean BBQ is located at the SOTA building, and is within walking distance from Dhoby Ghaut MRT. The prices are very competitive, starting at just $14.90++ for a weekday lunchtime buffet. The spread is good for the price – there is a mix of plain and marinated meats, and the popular cuts include beef rib eye, short ribs, premium bacon and pork belly.
K COOK (Korean BBQ Buffet)
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #07-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm daily
Although located at a swanky mall like Orchard Central, K COOK is surprising affordable, especially during weekday lunches ($16.90++). The prices are almost double on weekend dinners ($28.90++), so take note of that. This pricing is for the standard set, but if you want the more expensive cuts and dishes (like sirloin steak, short ribs and tiger prawns), you’ll need to top up quite a bit for the Premium buffet (from $47.90++). The prices are inclusive of soft drinks and ice cream.
Seoul Garden (Halal Korean BBQ Buffet)
Address: 7 outlets at Bugis Junction, Harbourfront Center, Jurong Point, Marina Square, NEX, Northpoint, Tampines Mall
Opening hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm daily (last order 9.45pm)
I’ve written about Seoul Garden in my list of affordable halal buffets in Singapore, and it just so happens that it’s a Korean BBQ buffet restaurant too! There’s a hot pot at every table, but let’s be real – most people go there for the grill. Prices start at $24++ for lunch (Mon to Fri), and go up to $35++ for dinner on the weekends and on public holidays. The meat spread is decent, with plain and marinated beef, chicken and lamb. For selected sessions, you can also add $5++ for premium meat, which includes prawns, salmon and oysters.
Don Dae Bak (Korean BBQ Buffet)
Address: 35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089000
Opening hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 5pm – 5am daily
Don Dae Bak ‘s buffet is the same price at lunch or dinner, starting at $25.90++ on weekdays and $27.90++ on weekends.
A must-try is the marinated pork shoulder loin, which is a hit at this Korean BBQ buffet restaurant. Don Dae Bak is known for its authentic yet affordable Korean fare, so be prepared for a crazy dinner crowd. Oh, they also use traditional charcoal-style grills for that smokey taste.
Korean Fusion BBQ (Korean BBQ Buffet)
Address: 5 Dunlop Street, #02-00, Singapore 209335
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2am daily
Korean Fusion BBQ is open all the way until 2am daily, which is great for late night cravings and supper sessions. Their buffet prices aren’t the cheapest, but you can score vouchers and discounted deals if you book through apps like Fave Singapore and Eatigo, which is what most of their loyal diners do. The discounts can go up to 30% to 50%, which is pretty significant. Their specialty seems to be the pork belly, which come in over 10 unique marinades. There’s also free-flow ice cream and waffles!
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