Chang Korean BBQ started at Dempsey with positive feedback and a touch of class. It went on to open its 2nd at Illuma – to appeal to the budget conscious and youth. Did not sound like a bad plan.
The thing about Illuma is, people just do not go there, so much so that the only place making good money could be Koi (which is outside anyway). As for Chang, it first started selling Korean signatures at a lower price, such as beef bulgogi, soondubu and kimchi fried rice.
It has since ‘deteriorated’ to sell mass Korean BBQ. Price is $23.42 (weekday lunch), $28.13(weekday dinner/weekend lunch) and $34.02 (weekend dinner) – all Nett prices and very affordable if you compare to the other restaurants or if you order ala carte.
For that price, the meat came in rather big slices, with quite a sizable variety of chicken, pork and beef flavoured in original, peppery, spicy or bulgogi marinates. Refills for the more expensive choices were also quick.
The seafood choices such as fish and sotong, linger on being not too fresh. If only there was a greater variety of banchan and staples other than the usual kimchi and fried rice. Overall, a decent meal for its price – wasn’t satisfying though.
Chang was packed on a Friday night, until I found out that 99% of people were using a Groupon. I shouldn’t complain that much then. People were paying $16.90 for all that I have eaten. What’s life for Chang after Groupon then?
Chang Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant
201 Victoria Street, #04-04 Iluma @ Bugis, Tel: +65 6509 8900
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm