There is no shortage of Korean BBQ joints in Singapore, but many fall short of expectations. If you’re looking for a place to satisfy your K-BBQ cravings, 안녕하세요 HELLO Korean BBQ is a restaurant that’s really worth your time and money!
They use charcoal grills instead of the usual gas ones, which give the food a better taste! And you don’t have to worry about leaving the restaurant smelling like BBQ, because the suction tubes do a pretty good job. When we left after eating, there wan’t a smoky smell on our clothing.
We ordered the BBQ Buffet, which costs $28 for each adult, and is free for every child under 1.2m. For that price, you get free flow meat, of which you have four types of meat to choose from and also a variety of marinades. If you’re looking for a feat, this is a really worth it deal.
The servers were very approachable and knowledgeable, easily answering any questions regarding the food and restaurant. They even recommended some drinks to go with the food. They smiled a lot and were really friendly, which made the experience even better.
In my personal (and subjective) opinion, the pork belly with soya sauce marinade was the best. Firstly, the pork belly was thinly sliced, easy and fast to cook. Secondly, the meat was delicious, the soya sauce marinade combining nicely with the hint of charred charcoal to produce a sweet and juicy pork belly. It was delicious and we ordered seconds.
We also tried the pork belly with spicy marinade, which would be a favourite for those who love spicy dishes. The taste is best described as a spicy gojuchang sauce. It is not overwhelmingly spicy, but still leaves a significant kick that builds up over time. It’s a complex and delightful taste.
Trying both the soya and salt pork collar, the latter stands out more. The meat is adequately salted, just enough but not overwhelmingly so. The salt complements the pork’s natural flavour and is delicious. Notably, the meat is not chewy or tough, something that I dreaded initially because pork can become difficult to eat if that happens.
As for chicken, we ordered both the soya and pepper varieties. They were both equally delicious and would satisfy any meat lover.
The prawns are served plain, but are good as they are. The prawns used are fresh, and the meat is easily removed from the shells. They retain that distinctively prawn-y taste that fans of seafood will love.
For a top-up of $4, we added on a bowl of cold Korean noodles. The portion size was substantial (worth it!). It came with two sauces that the waiter helpfully explained were for the noodles.
The noodles were thin but supple and delightfully chewy, going well with the sauces. It was surprising at first because you wouldn’t expect noodles this thin to be so substantial! The dish is cold and refreshing, a great supplement to all the smoky and heavy meats being consumed.
When asking for the bill, the staff were again fast and efficient. The service here is up to standard as the staff are attentive (not on their phones looking bored) and friendly. They are also very helpful in assisting customers.
All in all, the experience was a positive one, with good food and service, and I would come back again!