Mon - Sun: 11:30 - 22:00
Last Order at 21:30
Our brand name “bibigo” is a Korean-English portmanteau from Korean bi-bi-da, to mix, and English, “to-go”, blending quick service and convenience with a bold new interpretation of Korean culinary tradition. We decided on a name with easy-to-pronounce syllables that can transcend linguistic barriers and engage food enthusiasts of all cultural backgrounds. You can now enjoy a healthy and fresh Korean meal of your choice combination with your friends and family in the nature-inspired, contemporary décor in the location at the Raffles City shopping center.
In tandem with the full-fledged efforts by the Korean government to promote Korean food as part of public diplomacy outreach (aptly named “Korean Cuisine to the world” campaign), we have launched our own gastro-diplomatic program, similarly hailed the “Korean Cuisine to the world” project. Bibigo aims to bring healthy and fresh Korean meals to gastronomes and gourmands everywhere. Through our vision of Korean Cuisine to the world, Bibigo is committed to expanding its number of culinary outposts to one thousand international locations by year 2015. Bestriding the world stage and delivering freshly prepared, healthy and delectable Korean meals everyday, we are proud to partake in the greater national agenda: nation branding mission.
As a trailblazing pioneer and an informal culinary ambassador, we are at the forefront of prompting Korean foods abroad, winning hearts, minds and stomachs of food enthusiasts all over the world, one person at a time.
You can custom-design your own bowl of bibimbap by choosing your style, rice type, protein topping, and sauce. Your meal can be complemented by a choice of tapas dishes.
I was invited to Bibigo as part of a HGW food tasting, it is located next to NTUC Xtra in Nex and is a good place for friends gathering because of the spacious seating, high ceiling + central location. The rice sets are reasonably prices at $15-$16++.
Bibigo is part of the CJ conglomerate which is big in supermakets, media and other business interests. For example NTUC carried the CJ brand of kimchi.
Sweet & Spicy Rice Cake - The rice cake is pan fried before it is coated with the sweet/spicy sauce, giving an extra dimension to the bite and taste.
Ginseng Orange Salad - an acquired taste, the testure of ginseng shreds is like man guang
Pajeon: Seafood Pancake - really good, lotsa vegetables and seafood and just enough batter to bring everthing together
Hot Stone Galbi - tender beef, marinated just nice, but I wish there could be more pieces of meat.
Boiled Pork Slices - looks simple and unassuming and despite the layers of fat, it does not feel gelak, goes perfectly with the accompanying slightly spicy bean paste.
Hot Stone Bibimbap/Bibigo Rice - we had an assortment of different types of rice with different meat and condiments. The black rice stood out the most; it has a nice bite (makes your jaws work) and flavour + it is healthy also. The condiments come in satchets which seems like fast food style but I guess it is more hygenic than digging into a shared pot of sauce.
Japchae: Silver Noodle - Sweet potato noodles cold dish stirred with sesame seed and assorted vegetable, a light and refreshing treat.
Bibigo Ice Cream - made from rice, quite light and good round up to the meal
Went there on Sat (22 Nov) for dinner. It's our first visit and we found that the food was overpriced as the portion was small, especially for the meat items like grilled bulgogi. Staff service was slow & rude. The female staff who took our order kept rushing us by asking 'anything else' at least 5 times and showing extreme impatience. The only saving grace was the gangnam chicken which tasted good but definitely not worth another visit.
I'm a fan of bibigo rice based dishes. However I tried to be adventurous and ordered the brown rice noodles for the first time after many visits to bibigo. After the first mouthful of the broth, I knew I had just paid $9 for disappointment. The dish scored zero for taste and zero for nutrition. It was just plain soft noodles with scorched rice disks soaking in a broth - it's not even worth calling it broth because it just tasted like a heap of pepper mixed with water. The soup was very peppery to the point of unpalatable. I endured a few mouthfuls of noodles sans soup and gave up eventually. All that accompanied the noodles were tiny cubes of tofu and two slivers of zucchini. I could have paid a third of the price for a more satisfying and wholesome bowl of food court noodle soup. I'm really baffled as to how this ill-developed dish made it to the menu. It's definitely going down in my records and never to be eaten again. Be warned.