This is for the foodies. Especially if you are dining out in Singapore often, and looking at food places with value-for-money amazing deals.
I have been a member with Burpple since its starting days in 2012 – am a “Level 10 Burppler” now (just search user ID @DanielFoodDiary), and am proud that they have gone literally beyond to launch this new program.
Burpple Beyond. This is a premium membership program to help users like you enjoy 1-for-1 deals at curated restaurants, cafes and bars.
As with many other people, the first question is typically, “So what’s the catch?”
I will share as much as I know here. There are basically two types of membership: All Day and Off-Peak.
The All Day membership allows you to enjoy deals all day (subject to the restaurant operational hours), at a monthly fee of $9.90 (u.p $12).
In addition, Burpple Beyond has also introduced an All Day Annual Membership, priced at only $5.75 per month. This is limited to the first 800 sign-ups.
With this yearly plan, you could be paying just $5.75 (billed at $69 annually) instead of $9.90 per month. That is a 42% saving.
The Off-Peak membership benefits those who often dine at non-peak hours. The Off-Peak fee is $4 per month.
What’s more, you save $22 per redemption on average. So you can get your membership’s worth within your first visit. Makes a lot of sense!
The restaurants, cafes, and bars available on the programme are curated by the Burpple Team, based on factors such as quality, positive reviews and search data.
There are over 200 of them, and you can expect reputable brands such as Pince & Pints, Dean & DeLuca, Meatsmith (Telok Ayer and Little India), Caffe Vergnano 1882, Oriole Coffee & Bar, The Sushi Bar, Char, Park Bench Deli, Firebake, The Dark Gallery, Founder Bak Kut Teh, Sacha & Sons, Vatos Urban Tacos, Aura, The Stamford Brasserie, Firebake, The Coffee Academics, aROMA Gelato, Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong, Paulaner Bräuhaus, Creamier, Uni Gallery, Fat Belly, Atmastel, Kyushu Pancake, KOOKS Creamery, WANTON – Seng’s Noodle Bar to LongQing 隆庆.
You can tell it is quite a good range, with not-too-bad names up there.
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As Korean restaurants have been rather popular of late, here are 8 must-try restaurants you should put on your list. And all of them are on Burpple Beyond.
Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
313@Somerset: #B3-04/05/06 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Rd Singapore 238895
Bugis Junction: #02-50 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria St Singapore 188021
Chinatown Point: #01-43 Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Rd Singapore 059413
JEM: #04-13/14 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road Singapore 608549
Hands up fans of Chimaek – now you can get your 1-for-1 mains at the Korean fried chicken specialist store, and save up to $32.90. Burpple Beyond is available at their four outlets at Orchard Road, Chinatown, Jurong East and Bugis.
Other than their Crispy, Garlicky and Spicy Fried Korean Chicken, look out for new dishes of Jjimdak – chicken in a sweet and savoury gravy; Spicy or Soy Dakgalbi, Curry Fried Chicken, and Chir Chir Spring Chicken.
The decadent cheesy main to order is the Cheese Dakgalbi, with roasted chicken thigh meat and topokki tossed in spicy Korean sauce, served in a hot plate over an open flame.
Take a piece of chicken, and enjoy the bubbling mozzarella and see how high a #cheesepull you can go.
EIGHT Korean BBQ
1 Scotts Road, #04-20/21, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
EIGHT Korean BBQ is known for its selection of tantalising premium BBQ meats in a sleek industrial chic setting.
Other than barbecued meats of Argentinian Beef, US Prime Beef, Ohmi Wagyu and Short Ribs, also offered are seafood items of King Prawn, Atlantic salmon and Korean Grilled Squid cooked with butter; and stews such as Beef Kimchi, Pork Belly, Seafood Bean Paste and Sardine Kimchi.
One of the most popular sets would be the Flower Pork consisting of pork neck, pork jowl, and Flower Pork Belly, included with a stew of your choice. That is A LOT of food, enough to get your money’s worth.
You can choose the flavours for your Pork Belly, and my personal favourites are the Garlic and Herbs so that you can still savour the natural goodness of the sizzling meats.
Baek Jung Korean Restaurant & Bar
72 Telok Ayer Street 01-01, Singapore 048460
While this is an under-the-radar Korean restaurant, its food is actually quite authentic and has been attracting the Korean community in Singapore.
The selling point: Baek Jung is the only restaurant in Singapore that serves traditional bulgogi. They marinate meats with their signature sauce and grill with charcoal to enhance that smokey smell onto the meats such as pork belly, pork collar and quality beef.
Plus, price remain affordable, with dishes ranging between $13 to $30.
Go for the Seok Seol Bulgogi in which the meats are marinated for at least a day, and the Army Stew which came with quite tasty and soft spam – one of the better ones I tried in Singapore.
5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188094
A modern Korean brewery near Bugis that specialises in organic home brewed makgeolli with a twist on traditional Korean food.
Key highlights are its house brew makgeolli and quality Korean fare with delights such as Slow Roasted Mangalitsa Belly, Joo Bossam, Spicy Seafood Pasta, and Seafood Gochujang Risotto.
Get a 1-for-1 main (save up to $26), or 1-for-1 Anju Snack (save up to $18).
For a main that is instagrammable, get the Flaming Chick Jumeokbap – also a filling treat of spicy chicken thigh, shiitake, king oyster mushrooms, kimchi and seaweed with rice.
The “Anju Snack” is great for those looking for something lighter to go with drinks. Loved its Kimchi Spiced Wings which had crunchy double fried outer layer with powdering of kimchi spice that reminded me of an addictive snack. The meat within remained moist and juicy.
#B3-02 313@somerset Singapore 238895
An amalgamation of the Korean words ‘masi’ (delicious) and ‘jjim’ (steam), Masizzim specialises in meat stews – Beef, Pork, Chicken and Seafood.
The stews such as the Signature Beef Rib Stew, Spicy Seafood Beef, Chicken and Pork Rib (available in individual or double-sized sharing portions) are slow-cooked with its own proprietary secret-recipe sauce and served bubbling hot in cast-iron pots.
Choose between the non-spicy soy flavour which has a sumptuous blend of soy sauce, pineapples and Korean pear; or the spicy base made with gochujang (red pepper paste) for some tongue-tingling heat.
Get the Honey Mustard Cheese Egg Roll, which looked simple and homely, and oozed out with stretchy mozzarella and cheddar brightened with sweet-zingy honey mustard.
Nipong Naepong (JEM)
#01-16 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549
Translated as “your ppong, my ppong”, Nipong Naepong is Singapore’s first “ppong” specialty restaurant.
Finally Jjamppong noodles has become a star in its own right.
The wheat noodles used are exclusively made in Korea and imported into Singapore, because it is hard to find ‘jjolmyeon’ with that chewy, tender bite. Even the sauces and soup stocks are shipped from Seoul for both authenticity and consistency.
With a 1-for-1 main special (save up to $17.80), I would say go for the Cha Ppong with a Level 1 spice (if this is your first time), and Vongole Ppong cooked with plump clams and spiked with white wine and fragrant garlic.
NY Night Market
#01-08 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
While there is “NY” in its name, NY Night Market actually hails from Seoul and serves up popular Western comfort foods with a Korean spin.
With 1-for-1 mains (save up to $30.90), you can indulge in highlights such as Pasta de Dakgalbi of al dente spaghetti in super spicy sauce; 50cm Baguette loaded with bulgogi beef, shredded cheese and assorted vegetables; Cream the Curry of topokki red curry topped with whipped cream; and Waterfall Cheese Shrimp doused in cheese fondue on a sizzling hot plate.
A personal favourite is the Rosti & Beef, the golden brown rosti made from scratch using finely-shredded Russet potatoes, coupled with juicy bulgogi beef.
#01-44 Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way Singapore 068815
Tel: +65 6536 6034
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 2.30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Dosirak is a modern Korean eatery with a bibimbap focus, with their “shake bibimbaps” served in tubs that are designed to be shaken instead of stirred.
Started by two Singaporean-Korean brothers, the fresh & modern bibimbaps are lower in calorie and healthier, at under 500kcal each. Accordingly, all their bibimbap sauces and kimchi from scratch using all-natural ingredients.
Each bibimbap includes a main, 5 vegetable sides, a base and a choice from 3 sauces – Omma’s Gochujang, Apple Cider Gochujang, and Soy Garlic Jang.
The recommended include the Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap ($9.90); Cured Salmon Bibimbap ($11.90); Kimchi Tofu Bibimbap ($7.90, vegetarian); Spicy Chicken Buckwheat Noodles ($9.90); Kimchi Soup ($3); and Signature Tteokbokki ($6).
Get the beef as the meats are marinated and slow cooked for a total of 72 hour in a family bulgogi recipe, so that it is tender and rich with flavour.
How does Burpple Beyond work?
Members get four 1-for-1 mains or fixed set menus at all partner restaurants, cafes, and bars.
What are the key differences between All Day and Off-Peak membership?
All Day members can redeem deals all day during the restaurant operational hours. Off-Peak members can only redeem deals during off-peak hours.
All Day membership is a monthly fee of $9.90 (u.p. $12); while Off-Peak is $4 per month.
All Day (Annual) Plan
With this yearly plan, you could be paying just $5.75 (billed at $69 annually) instead of $9.90 per month. That’s a 42% saving. (However, limited memberships are available and they are said to be selling out fast.)
When are the peak and off-peak hours?
These are pre-defined by the partner restaurants, cafes and bars, and timings can be viewed on the respective venue pages on Burpple.
Take for example Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory: The peak hours are lunch time 12 to 2pm and dinner time 6 to 9pm; while off-peak hours are 11am to 12pm, 2 to 6pm, and 9pm till closing.
Can I use Burpple Beyond on any day of the year?
While some other programmes may have weekend exclusions, members can enjoy deals all seven days a week within the restaurant operation hours, except on pre-defined exclusion days such as public holidays (National Day, Hari Raya Haji, Deepavali, Christmas, etc) and special occasions (Valentine’s Day Eve and Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day).
How many deals can I use at one visit?
One deal for every two diners, up to four deals per table of eight diners or more.
What are the restaurants on board?
There are over 100 partner restaurants, cafes and bars across Singapore, and more added will be monthly.
Current partners include The Dark Gallery (Millenia Walk and Takashimaya), FireBake, Porta, Park Bench Deli, Scissors Paper Stove, Sunday Folks, Char, Benjamin Barker Café, Creamier, The Sushi Bar (Far East Plaza), Forlino, Hai Xian Lao, Kogane Yama (Bugis Junction and JEM), KPO Café Bar, Long Chim, Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ (Bugis, Katong, ORTO), Nesuto, Sabio By The Sea, Salt Tapas & Bar, The Coffee Academics (Scotts Square and Raffles City), Uni Gallery by OosterBay, and Wheeler’s Yard.
*This entry is brought to you in partnership with Burpple.