Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant

Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant
134 Tanjong Pagar Road

https://www.facebook.com/guigakoreanbbq/


Eomuk Guk / Fish Cake Soup (SGD $30)



Homely, Wallet-Friendly Korean Dining

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 8
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $24 per person.


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Established since November 2017, Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant is among the more prominent Korean barbecue restaurants in the Tanjong Pagar area of Singapore, renowned for their quality cuts of beef and pork, marinated and grilled to perfection. That said, Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant also offers a good range of quality Korean dishes, great for communal catch-ups with family and friends. They're a popular spot, so go early!

Ambience at Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant is homely and casual. The wide and decently comfortable wooden booths lend a rustic Oriental feel, with symmetrical partitions lending some privacy. Warm lights illuminate the grill and exhaust in the center of each table, and ventilation is pretty good as there isn't overwhelming odour here. The space manages to feel cozy without being cramped, and the windows offer a view onto the street.

Service at Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant is friendly and polite. The soft-spoke Korean staff demonstrate good hospitality, welcoming and quickly seating guests, offering some advice on dishes, and also accord recognition for regulars. I note they clean up quickly when diners leave, and also proactively offer to clear finished plates throughout the meal. If ordering barbecue, I understand staff will help grill the meat, which is done with finesse.

Food at Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant is traditional Korean cuisine, with a focus on barbecue. Freshness of the ingredients for the barbecue is a highlight, as is their marinated meats. They also offer an extensive range of communal sharing dishes, from Army Stew to Sundubu Jjigae. Portions are huge, designed for sharing between 2 to 5 people. Prices are more wallet-friendly than elsewhere, budget about SGD $24 per person for a meal here.


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Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant Exterior
Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant Exterior


Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant Interior
Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant Interior


Seating
Seating



Decent range and quality for their complimentary Banchan / Side Dishes, with spicy and non-spicy options. I particularly enjoyed the Kimchi Baechu / Kimchi Pickled Cabbage with its fresh crunch and pronounced vegetal spicy sour sweet flavour, as well as the Sangchu Geotjeori / Lettuce Salad with its crisp texture and fresh vegetal sweet notes. The uncommon yet delicious Goguma Mattang / Candied Sweet Potato has a tender soft texture to the sweet potato, and being drizzled with honey, resulted in a bold floral earthy sweet flavour, yum. Good!

Kimchi Baechu / Kimchi Pickled Cabbage
Kimchi Baechu / Kimchi Pickled Cabbage


Kimchi Kongnamul / Kimchi Cold Soy Bean Sprouts
Kimchi Kongnamul / Kimchi Cold Soy Bean Sprouts


Sangchu Geotjeori / Lettuce Salad
Sangchu Geotjeori / Lettuce Salad


Goguma Mattang / Candied Sweet Potato
Goguma Mattang / Candied Sweet Potato


Makaloni Saelleodeu / Macaroni Pasta Salad
Makaloni Saelleodeu / Macaroni Pasta Salad


Sosiji / Sausage
Sosiji / Sausage



Loved the Ttukbaegi Gyeran / Jjim Steamed Egg In Pot (SGD $Complimentary), where the fluffy moist soft steamed egg is kept warm by the claypot. Lovely eggy sweet earthy flavours, good to pair with any dish really. Special thanks to Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant for offering this to us on the house! Good!

Ttukbaegi Gyeran / Jjim Steamed Egg In Pot (SGD $Complimentary)


Ttukbaegi Gyeran / Jjim Steamed Egg In Pot
Ttukbaegi Gyeran / Jjim Steamed Egg In Pot



The Seolleongtang / Beef Bone Soup (SGD $19) features thin tender sliced beef shank and beef bones, in a light beef soup, garnished with fresh crunchy spring onions and silky rice vermicelli noodles, but without any salt. Instead, the salt is served on the side, and you season the soup / broth as you wish. On its own, the soup is bland, but when seasoned, takes on a lovely meaty vegetal sweet salty earthy flavour, enhancing the flavours of the ingredients. Worth ordering!

Seolleongtang / Beef Bone Soup (SGD $19)


Seolleongtang / Beef Bone Soup
Seolleongtang / Beef Bone Soup


Seolleongtang / Beef Bone Soup



The Eomuk Guk / Fish Cake Soup (SGD $35) is served in a large communal sharing hot pot, kept warm over the barbecue pit. Best eaten quickly, this features tender bouncy Korean eomuk / fish cake of various types, along with sliced red chili and green chili, plus we also ordered noodles to be added in. The fish cakes have yummy savoury sweet salty flavour, while the soup / broth has a light salty sweet spicy flavour that becomes more intensely salty and spicy the longer it's boiled. Highly recommended!

Eomuk Guk / Fish Cake Soup (SGD $35)


Eomuk Guk / Fish Cake Soup
Eomuk Guk / Fish Cake Soup


Eomuk Guk / Fish Cake Soup


Eomuk Guk / Fish Cake Soup



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