UPDATE (11/08/2016): The restaurant has closed down.
It's been a while since I last dined at a Korean eatery. Boss BarBQ is said to be the largest chain of BBQ restaurants in South Korea, and apparently the branch here at Clarke Quay is the very first overseas branch. Combining a restaurant and a bar under one roof, diners can choose to whether have a full meal or chill by ordering some snacks and drinks (or both).
Half BBQ Chicken (Garlic Sauce) S$22.00
One of the most recommended dishes turned out to be lacklustre for me. I'm not too sure whether the spicy sauce would be better, but the garlic sauce was too sweet for my liking. Besides that, the chicken meat wasn't as juicy as I thought it'd be. The tteokbokki (Korean rice cake) weren't bad though, for they were enjoyably chewy without being sticky.
The seafood pancake was the one of the best dishes of the day. Fried till crispy on the outside, each slice retained its moisture inside, filled with adequate amounts of squid, cockles, spring onions and chili slices. The seafood items were fresh without being fishy at all.
Haemul Pajeon S$28.00
Gyeran Jjim S$8.00
Korea's answer to Japan's chawanmushi, steamed egg custard, I suppose? However, the former isn't supposed to be velvety as it's made by whisking eggs and broth before either steaming or boiling. The one that I had yesterday was slightly overcooked, so the texture wasn't that creamy. However, the broth used to prepare it was pretty much flavourful.
Japchae (Chicken) S$10.00
Another dish that earned my thumbs up was the stir-fried dangmyeon (Korean sweet potato noodle) with vegetables and slices of chicken. The heady aroma of sesame oil readily greeted me as the waiter was bringing the dish to the table. On top of that, the glass noodle was pleasantly chewy.
Stone Bibimbap (Beef) S$18.00
The mixed rice in stone pot was acceptable, but nothing to rave about. The minced beef was really meaty, but there was simply too little of it. The sauce was a little bit spicy, and it'd be better if it were sweeter. Pika's advice: Not a fan of chicken? You can replace it with either beef or pork.
A traditional drink with a modern twist, the yujacha served yesterday made use of marmalade of the citrus fruit with light soda water. It was nice to chew on the sweet citrus peels, although there ought to be more of them to make the whole drink more concentrated. Still, it was pretty refreshing, despite its steep price.
Where were the banchan (Korean small side dishes), you ask? A set of three costs S$5.00, so I decided to give them a miss. I wasn't particularly impressed with most of the dishes offered to me, but I wonder if the ones in the country of origin would be much better. When I have the chance to visit the country again in the near future, perhaps I shall drop by one of the branches.
3C River Valley Road
#01-04 Clarke Quay
(Sun-Tue: 5.00pm - 2.00am; Wed-Sat: 5.00pm - 5.00am)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Have a nice meal,Cliff(y)