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Todamgol

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Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 15:00

Mon - Sat: 18:00 - 03:00

+65 62247077
$33 based on 17 submissions
After Work (4 votes), Dinner (3 votes)
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ridiculous number of gorgeous people in this restaurant can start a Korean TV drama series already!

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Todamgol, meaning (i guess from the signboard?) Korean Traditional Wine House, is the newest venture of the very famous and popular Kko Kko Na Ra at K-Town. The Ex and I walked past it and the decor is so inviting, so homely, kampong-style with thatched roof on the signboard and in the restaurant. There are even real plants with real eggplants outside the restaurant! Just like a farm. The lights are warm and welcoming. Unfortunately, the ventilation is bad. The ex was inside for less than a minute and he already stank of BBQ meat, so we chose to sit outside at the smoking tables – but it was very hot and humid.

Almost all the patrons were Koreans, so you know it’s good. It was crowded, soreservation is a must.

The service was very attentive. We were sitting outside and it was so easy to overlook us. But we just needed to look into the restaurant and give the service staff a look and a wave, and they noticed us immediately. Unlike 2D1N Soju Bang which employs HOT HOT Korean boys, Todamgol employs GORGEOUS Korean girls. WAY TO GO.

Wise Guy: I thought you told me when you went to Korea, the Koreans are hideous. How come all the Koreans here–the waitresses and the patrons–are all so hot?!?!?!! The girls especially, and I am gay, I don’t even look at girls!

The Ex: It’s true! When I was in Korea, they all have broad and huge cheekbones and buckteeth, like those caricatures they drew in racist American magazines. I dunno why they are all so hot! OMG, look at the Korean woman in green jacket, so elegant and slender with perfect skin.

Wise Guy: The ridiculous number of gorgeous people in this restaurant (including me, of course) can start a Korean TV drama series already!

The Ex wanted to eat Korean pancakes but ordered wrongly because the photos in the menu aren’t clear. Dong geu rang teng ($20) is a minced pork wrapped in beancurd skin and fried with egg. Tasted like our Singaporean dish, ngo hiang (5-spice). The soya sauce dip with Korean green chili–similar to the Indian green chili, not spicy–was fantastic. Lovely dish but overpriced. Could have served 6 pieces for $9.

The Beo Seot Bool Go Gi ($35), however, was value for money! 3-4 people can share it. It is similar to the Thai BBQ-steamboat concept (See Mookata Thai Restaurant review) in the sense that the top is a flat area to cook the meat, but it plateaus out at the sides, so that fats and oil from the meat can flow into the garlic-based broth with much vegetables. Kinda like a castle with a moat. How generous they were with the vegetables!! Look at the flat white piece–at first I thought it’s yam or a similar tubular root which I hate but it turned out to be King Oyster Mushroom. How awesome! Who doesn’t like mushrooms?! The beef was thoroughly marinated in a typical sweet Korean sauce – very delicious. Could have been better quality beef but ah well…

The Ex taught me something about Korean etiquette. The metal rice bowl is specially designed so that you can’t pick the bowl up and eat like the Chinese do. The metal, good conductor of heat, ensures the bowl is too hot to be held; and the bottom of the bowl lacks a rim, so you cannot grip it properly. This is because Koreans consider picking up the bowl a behavior befitting of beggars.

All in all, this restaurant makes us want to go to Korea! That’s how much we love it. Great ambience, great service and lovely eye-candy (nearly spelt it as I-candy, no thanks to Apple for my dyslexia and atrocious spelling). The food was wonderful but we wondered why we weren’t served kim chi, not that I fancy kim chi anyway. We paid $76 for two for the food and drinks but it could have been much cheaper if we made wiser decisions, such as not ordering the weird sounding tea (all the other teas have translations, but I ordered one without a translation) which turned out to be ginger brown rice tea. You live, you learn.

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22 Sep 2014 • 16 reviews • 0 follower

Authentic Korean Food

Do visit this restaurant if you want authentic korean food! Must try the pork belly kimchi soup! Didn't really like the korean rice wine.. Tried the spicy chicken stew too. But I prefer the pork belly kimchi soup :D
30 Jul 2014 • 147 reviews • 6 followers

Wide range of pancakes!

My friends and I were thinking of a Korean restaurant to meet for dinner when one suggested Todamgol which was a recommendation by a Korean friend. As such, reservation was made for 8 people for a Saturday evening.

And Todamgol is a 10 to 15 minutes walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT. Parking wise, it’s limited to what’s available in front of the shop houses. And upon arrival, we were led into a private room which could sit up to 12 people.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Bu dae jji gae, $35 – Vegetable stew with noodles, spam & mushroom. Looked good and was tasty too.

2) Yang poon bi bim bab, $20 – Large brass bowl bibimbab. I liked that this was served in a large brass bowl! Whenever I watch my Korean shows, I would always see how the Koreans will throw and stir everything in a big bowl before eating straight out of it. So yes! I don’t need my bibimbab to be served in a hot stone bowl. This was really delicious with a good and wide variety of vegetables used for the bibimbab. A must try.

3) Jok bal, $45 – Boiled pig trotter. All parts of the pig trotter were used. Unfortunately, we were not able to properly appreciate this cold dish as we wanted something meaty.

4) Chicken – This is not on their menu. We had wanted to order their ‘si gol tong dak’ (Korean fried whole chicken) at $25 but it was not available. As such, the staff suggested this (chicken wings) for us instead. And I really like the sauce used for the chicken. Meat was juicy and tender too.

5) Mo deum jun, $38 – Assorted pancake. Flavours included sesame leaf with pork, chili with pork, shiitake mushroom with pork and kimchi. However, the pancakes were on the oily side.

6) Have mool pa jun, $28 – Seafood pancake with spring onion.

7) Sam gyub sal, $18 – Pork belly. This was disappointing and very unsatisfying.

I definitely recommend Todamgol for an authentic Korean dining experience. They have a very diversified menu with dishes like ‘sesame leaf pancake’, ‘spicy pollack egg soup’, ‘mussel soup’ and ‘acorn jello’ which we don’t often see in most Korean restaurants. In fact, Todamgol was recommended for their pancakes. They have 11 flavours.

Service wise, there’s a bell which we could press to get the staff’s attention for both room and non-room tables. However, we realised that the staff don’t respond very promptly to the the bell. We ended up having to leave our private room to look for the staff personally.

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30 Dec 2013 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

Used to Like this place but not anymore

I have been here almost ten times for about a year now.

Have always thought that service was always rather perfunctory but gave the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps it was just a language or cultural thing.

Then heard stories from other friends how Korean guests are treated better but shrugged it off. Last time there last week, witnessed it first hand. After asking for several refills of Kimchi, we were shocked when the waitress told us off and said "This is the last one. After this no more." Seriously, this is like the first time that a Korean establishment has done this and its not like we ordered only 1 dish and are there only for the free side dishes. We usually eat and drink and spend easily few undred each round, just not to this extent this time. Simply outrageous.

Guess they really dont need local customer's patronage given their less than friendly attitude so I'd rather spend my money elsewhere next time. 
01 Nov 2013 • 7 reviews • 0 follower

a great vintage korean restaurant!!

I love the homely and warm decoration there!! they serve really great food and rice wine.. the pancake is a must try!! both the seafood or kimchi ones.. their mushroom bulggogi beef was very yummy too.. kimchi stew and ginseng chicken are really good too!! there were many korean natives there too!
Ban Chan (Side dishes)
14 Sep 2013 • 169 reviews • 4 followers

A place good for rice wine

For full reviews and photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/09/todamgol-tanjong-pagar-thumbsforfood.html

What really attracts me to Korean food is the banchan (side dishes) 
that they serve. It just whets your appetite with the salty, sweet, sour flavors in each dish. We were served 5 side dishes. My favorite would be the kimchi! It goes really well with rice and it's really appetizing. Always a good way to start the meal! You can refill the side dishes but just make sure you don't stuff yourself too much before the main courses arrive!

We read that Todamgol also has an extensive collection of Rice Wine. Korean rice wine is more on the sweet side and thus, would appeal to ladies. Based on your preference of a sweeter or thicker one, the waiter would recommend the one to suit your palate. We ordered the sweeter one and it was really smooth and tasty. We would definitely like to try other rice wine in future! If you are a light drinker, a serving would be good for 4-6 people

The main courses range from $25 to about $35 each.

Kim Chi Jun Gol (Kimchi Stew: about $30) is a must try dish when we visit Korean restaurants. We really appreciate a piping hot pot of soup to warm our stomachs. The kimchi stew here consists of the usuals like tofu, mushroom and tanghoon (glass noodles). We felt that the ingredients were rather miserly considering the price we were paying. The soup however was tasty. Do look out for our upcoming posts on our favorite places for kimchi stew!

We ordered a meat dish, Stir-fried Chicken Stew. We had initially thought that it would be served like the Kimchi stew but was wrong. It came in a really huge plate with chicken, potatoes, capsicum and gravy. Taste-wise, it was not bad. A really good dish to go with plain rice. The chicken was tender but we had hoped that it could be boneless.

Overall, we felt that Todamgol offers a good ambiance for gatherings with friends. If you have a large group, you can request for a private room. There are hits and misses in the food. Do order some rice wine to complement the food!