One highlight of Korean cuisine is its range of good BBQ meats and Bornga is one of the restaurants in town where you can get your great BBQ fix. Started by Korean celebrity chef Jong Won Paik in 2002, Bornga is to date the largest Korean BBQ restaurant chain with close to 50 restaurants worldwide including China, USA, Indonesia and Singapore. The first Bornga in Singapore opened at Star Vista in Oct 2012 and you can now also enjoy a taste of Korea at the second outlet recently opened in VivoCity.
Start the meal with a Water Kimchi, a refreshing cold cabbage soup and an array of other complimentary side dishes, which are changed periodically. There are 10 varieties of fresh vegetables such as mushrooms, pumpkins, onions, garlic and the homemade kimchi to accompany your BBQ meats.
One of Bornga’s star dishes is Woo Samgyop ($28/200g – see main photo above), Chef Paik’s patented recipe of thinly sliced USA beef with the Bornga secret marinade specially doused just before the beef is grilled. For a nice crispy alternative taste, we suggest you have your beef cooked well done. The meat is so good you can savoured it on its own or enjoyed it with the appetizing sauce imported from Korea.
To enhance your Korean BBQ dining experience at Bornga, three new pork dishes like the Yangnyum Dwaeji Galbi ($33 / 250g), pork ribs marinated with a special house sauce giving it a dark colouring, the mouth-watering Mansinjang Samgyupsal ($24 / 200g), tenderized pork belly with parsley flakes, salt and pepper and the popular new addition Dwaeji Gohchujang BBQ ($36), spicy pork slices grilled then stir-fried with spring onions to compliment it and served on a hot plate, have been added for your indulgence.
Another highlight in the menu is the Bornga Bulgogi ($45), which is not quite the average Bulgogi. Served in the Bornga patented copper pot, you get to enjoy the sweet broth of Bornga special sauce marinated beef fillet with fresh vegetables and glass noodles. This unique hearty bubbling beef hotpot is a nice addition to any meal and can easily be shared by two to three persons.
If you prefer soups, there are two new additions to the menu. Sundubu Jjigae ($18), a must try savoury spicy assorted seafood soup with generous seafood, tofu and egg. For a beefy broth, go for the Yukgaejang ($20), a comforting spicy beef soup with shredded beef, scallions, bean sprouts and glass noodles.
Besides the new dishes, there are other hot favourites such as Budae Jjigae ($40), also known as the ‘Army’s Stew’, which combines kimchi, sausage, spam, baked beans, cheese, slices of rice cake and vegetables in a huge sharing pot. Korean pancake Haemul Pajeon ($22) that is cooked with scallions, seafood and tiny crisp shrimps. Chadol Duenjang Jjigae ($16), a Korean beef stew made with a rich soybean paste best reduced for a few minutes over the table-top stove before being enjoyed as a bibimbap; mixed with a bowl of rice and assorted vegetables.
End the lovely meal with a palate cleansing traditional Korean drink (五味子). A refreshing sweet-sour drink that is usually served during the summer in Korea to quench thirst. This 128-seater restaurant consists of both indoor and outdoor seating with a view of Sentosa. Each table has an extendable exhaust above the grill and the grill is changed after every BBQ dish. There are also attentive staffs at hand to barbeque the meats to the doneness of your choice, making this signature Bornga BBQ dining experience even more enjoyable.
VivoCity, #02-123/124, 1 Harbourfront Avenue, Singapore 098585
Tel: 6376 8268
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 10pm daily
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