Wang Dae Bak is one of the stewards when it comes to K-dining in Singapore, having been around since 2011.
Other than its flagship outlet at Cross Street, it has opened a new Grill concept at Holland Village – 2nd level of Holland Piazza (where the windmill used to be).
There is also a Pocha concept which specialises in Korean traditional iron grill BBQ, with decor reminiscent of Korean in the 80s found at 93 Amoy Street.
Unfortunately, it has closed the other 98 Amoy Street outlet, apparently due to a manpower crunch.
My friend asked, “There are Korean BBQ restaurants at Holland Village?”
There are actually three – Wang Dae Bak Grill (3 Lor Liput), OMMA Korean Charcoal BBQ (21 Lor Mambong), and Meyong Ryun Jinsa Galbi (17E Lor Liput).
Don’t need to queue long-long outside in the heat.
This Wang Dae Bak Grill has a restaurant interior designed with classic furnishing style in modern architecture, and features meat varieties such as Australian Wagyu Ribeye and Flower Pork Belly on charcoal-grill barbecue.
It is also known for its other signatures including the Half-Half Seafood and Kimchi Pancake ($26), Spicy Pork Ribs Soup ($42), Spicy Tofu Soup ($16, $33), Kimchi Stew with Pork Belly ($16, $31), Dolsot Bibimbap ($17), and other Korean Stews.
Okay, every other table I saw were ordering the Half-Half Seafood and Kimchi Pancake ($26).
Other interesting items include Truffle Jjajang Ramen ($13), Mixed Pork Knuckle ($36), to Fried Boneless Chicken with Truffle Fries ($26).
For small group diners, there are Couple Menus and All-In-One Sets, and the highlight is the KBBQ Prime ($98) with US Prime Ribeye, Marinated Bone-In Prime Ribs, and UK Dingley Dell Pork Tomahawk.
More affordable ones are the Special Pork Set ($49) with Iberico Pork Secreto, Duroc Pork Belly or Collar, Marinated Pork Collar; or Chicken Set ($43) with Marinated Chicken, Spicy Marinated Chicken, and Pear Onion Marinated Chicken ($43).
For a fuller meal, go for the Soul Meat Menu ($118 for 3 to 4 pax) which features Flower Pork, Duroc Pork Collar, Marinated Pork Collar, Marinated Chicken, Half-Half Pancake and Japchae.
What I ordered here was a Buddy Set ($58) included with marinated prime ribs, duroc pork belly/collar, flower pork belly, and marinated chicken.
When it gets busy (which it normally does), you probably have to do your own grilling.
Also note that Holland Village has a different concept, and their grills are not charcoal-based, and do not come with egg or cheese top-ups. Unfortunately.
There are quite a number of stew offerings good for 2 to 3 diners to share, including Spicy Pork Ribs ($42), Kimchi Stew with Pork Belly ($42), Spicy Chicken Stew ($42), Seafood Beanpaste Soup ($31), Spicy Seafood Tofu ($33), to Spicy Beef Soup ($33).
The “Army Stew” or Budae Jjigae ($39) remains the most popular. The waitress remarked, “Top up $3 for more noodles, $3 for cheese, $3 for soup refill.”
I imagined a stew that would be thicker and more savoury, theirs turned out to be rather watery, okay soupy with a sweet tinge.
A lot of spam and sausages though – they know what Singaporeans want. Would be great with more meat.
Wang Dae Bak Grill – Holland Village
3 Lor Liput, #02-01, Singapore 277725
Tel: +65 6235 6151
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun)
Wang Dae Bak – Cross Street
22 Cross Street, #01-64 Singapore 048421
Tel: +65 6226 2646
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm Last Order 2pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)