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Blue Garden Korean BBQ (Tiong Bahru)

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Blue Garden Korean BBQ is a Korean buffet restaurant offerings the best and finest Korean dishes at high quality and fresh ingredients with impeccable service.

Daily: 12:00 - 15:00

Daily: 17:00 - 22:00

+65 62240700
$26 based on 24 submissions
Large Groups/Gathering (4 votes), Boys Night Out (3 votes), Buffet (3 votes)
Eng Hai Goh

No-Frills Korean BBQ Restaurant ($24.90, week-nights)

Went on last Thurs (7.15pm) with a colleague to this restaruant without any reservation. First impression, there was no service staff attending at the entrance. Every available staff is either serving customer, clearing table, topping up food etc. However it does not fume up like some badly ventilated BBQ resturant where you smell like one BBQ-human after the meal. We seated ourselves at one of the table at the corner. A staff came to confirmed our pax count and advise us the pricing and welcome us to help ourselves to the buffet. The meat spread is quite sufficient for the amount of $24.90, however due to the manppower shortage, the cooked portion is 10/10 empty during peak hours and start to replemenish at about 8.15pm. The meat go very well with their in-house BBQ sauce and the white rice. The seaweed soup was surprising good but the ginseng-chicken soup was too fake for its strong aroma. The next credit for the restaurant would be the margin it charges for its soft drinks. At a BBQ place, most customers would easily order a can of cold drink or even 2 ~ 3. With some nut-head bosses, they would milked you dry for that can of drink at $3.00 or more. Blue charge $2.00 for each 330ml of soft drink which I must say it is rather okay.

Except of my muslim friends which I would not be able to bring them here, I will make a return trip very soon. Keep up the good food !!! (and stay that prices please)

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24 Sep 2013 • 9 reviews • 0 follower

No-Frills Korean BBQ Restaurant ($24.90, week-nights)

Went on last Thurs (7.15pm) with a colleague to this restaruant without any reservation. First impression, there was no service staff attending at the entrance. Every available staff is either serving customer, clearing table, topping up food etc. However it does not fume up like some badly ventilated BBQ resturant where you smell like one BBQ-human after the meal. We seated ourselves at one of the table at the corner. A staff came to confirmed our pax count and advise us the pricing and welcome us to help ourselves to the buffet. The meat spread is quite sufficient for the amount of $24.90, however due to the manppower shortage, the cooked portion is 10/10 empty during peak hours and start to replemenish at about 8.15pm. The meat go very well with their in-house BBQ sauce and the white rice. The seaweed soup was surprising good but the ginseng-chicken soup was too fake for its strong aroma. The next credit for the restaurant would be the margin it charges for its soft drinks. At a BBQ place, most customers would easily order a can of cold drink or even 2 ~ 3. With some nut-head bosses, they would milked you dry for that can of drink at $3.00 or more. Blue charge $2.00 for each 330ml of soft drink which I must say it is rather okay.

Except of my muslim friends which I would not be able to bring them here, I will make a return trip very soon. Keep up the good food !!! (and stay that prices please)
02 May 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Value for money

Went to this place 3 times in past week just because my colleagues and i work nearby and we had sudden craving for korean bbq. Twice for lunch and once for dinner. Overall its good value for money especially during lunch time. Place never packed. Variety of food available more than Goki Day and at same price. My only complain is, although it seems they have abt 4 person working in service area, finshed raw food (especially meat) are not refilled for up to half an hour. The wait persons also should smile a bit more instead of grumpy faces. I should know cos i went thrice in a week and always the same.
01 Jul 2012 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

A fairly good place without having to queue

My friend and I were searching for a suitable restaurant to satisfy our korean bbq cravings. In the end we picked Blue Garden and was told I am not required to make reservation since just two of us on a Sat night.

It was about a bus stop away from Outram Park Mrt and we found our way led by the LED sign said 'Korean BBQ'.

We were showed to a table near the back entrance (can view a carpark outside). There are two sections, cooked and bbq raw foods / kimchi and salads. Actually compared to Soju Bang 2d1n, the variety is much lesser but overall quality is matchable. Ventilation at 6pm was bearable, the stove feels hot in my face but is a very good stove that doesn't scald my hand during cooking.

We took some cooked foods first. Some of the tasty foods include cooked pork belly, seafood pancake, chicken wings, kimchi fried rice, sauteed baby potatoes, abalone porridge (smooth, savoury, light), ginseng chicken soup. I believed the insufficient chefs (looked like just 2 male chefs) means they can't catch up resupplying finished foods. So it became a contest whenever the newly cooked chicken wings arrive at the buffet area. Salts are available for personal tastebuds beside ginseng chicken soup and abalone porridge.

At rhe raw foods section, we saw some kimchi and an apple veg salad. My friend and I liked this apple salad alot. But we couldnt have more helpings because it never got refilled. Raw meats incouded alot of pork, beef bellies. Pork collar meat, beef ribs, and some minced chicken bulgogi. The taste was great and controllable because some meats have no marinate. There is a salt container on our table to help ourselves. It is useful because at Soju bang I would get sick of tasting the same marinates on meat, so it be better to vary the marinate amount.

As time went by, by 7pm it was full house. And the 2 waitresses on duty could not cope with bringing away dirty dishes. I also decided to try a Korean canned juice drink. But it was a small can for $2.50 and i noticed most diners order $2 coke or sprite as they are cheaper, more worth double the volume.

Only a few tables near the front entrance were sat by Koreans.

Overall I would say the food quality is good, except for its lesser varieties and unable to replenish foods. But air ventilation got worse when I left the restaurant, need to get out for fresh air. They opened their glass doors and switched on fans. The smell lingered to the Link Hotel lobby.

Each pax paid $31 for dinner after taxes.

17 Apr 2012 • 16 reviews • 1 follower

Good Value Korean BBQ Buffet

I used to eat Korean BBQ frequently and I was pleasantly surprised to have a most satisfying lunch today at Blue Garden. Lunch buffet is $20 per adult, and a 10% service fee is added. There was a good selection of meat to bbq. There was pork belly, pork collar, kalbi pork, chicken, beef, kalbi beef, ribeye, beef belly and prawns. There was also a choice of soup, rice, salads, and a variety of cooked food. Since this is a Korean bbq, the highlight is meat, and given the price, the overall selection and quality was good value. Ambiance is nothing special. You can pay extra for drinks. I left content. I will be back.

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27 Dec 2011 • 279 reviews • 44 followers

Korea BBQ...Quite OK but not really my cup of "tea"!

Must apologize for the lack of photos as my camera batt went off and only manage to take a couple with some in "blackness" as the flash was not working! Paiseh.

Came here for the buffet lunch today. Though this was not my first time trying Korean BBQ, I thought this one was more typical and authentic than those visited in the past.

I think to some extent I do agree with the previous reviewers that generally at $19.80 (they do not charge GST), it is considered quite "value for money" based on the variety of food served. And if you expect more and better quality, you may of course feel "no good" but to be fair, its quite ok.

The restaurant was almost full throughout the 2.5hrs buffet, which started at 12pm. Among the dinners, there were quite a number of Koreans native, so it must be quite ok in terms of food variety and taste and quality or they may not even want to come here! We were ushered to our seat by the window side by a Korean lady, who was polite and smileful. Ambience was ok, sitting in an air-con environment for BBQ was good as you don't sweat badly and with 2 wall hang TV showing Korean programmes, you could catch some of K-pop or K-drama artistes as and when during your eating sounded quite a good deal, right?

The restaurant served quite a decent variety of meat for BBQ, both marinated and non-marinated. Like pork and beef belly, ribeye, chicken etc for the BBQ, together with prawns, crabsticks, sausages, and greens like corns, pumpkin, carrot and cucumber etc. The meat were nicely sliced and in regular shape too.

They also provide quite a wide spread of various kimchi and condiments like sauces and garlic, onion and green cut chilli, lettuce, tomatoes etc to add on the BBQ meats. Somehow I find the chilli sauce not spicy for me nor flavourful to me as I expect to be more garlic related chilli sauce, which was not.

On the other side, they also offer some cooked food which included the fried chicken wing (a must try, very nice and crispy), fried koran nian-gao (which was good), deep fried pan cake (ok), stewed chicken (a bit salty but still acceptable), stir-fried vegetables, steamed mini potatos (nice), cooked pork belly, beef bone soup (white colour soup, tasted bland), seaweed soup (also tasted bland though when you eat the seaweed which is salty), abalone porridge (nice cookly and smooth). I may have missed a few more other dishes as some I didn't try while others I could not remember what they were as some were quite similar in the cooking style. The ginseng soup stated by the previous reviewers was not offered in today's menu. They do not provide desserts but have cut oranges. Cold/warm water is self-service from the water dispenser.

Overall, the food was ok and I would like to comment on the marinated pork and beef belly which were very good and nice. Prawns were fresh though small in size. The lettuce and greens were fresh and some kimchi were also tasted good. All the food were regularly replenished which was good.

However, some of the food were salty or tasted bland (perhaps it was supposed to be tasted like that?). In addition, if they can provide some desserts (ice cream etc) or more variety of fruits, it would be better. Wines and fruit juices were available but not included in the buffet, perhaps just have one juices would be well appreciated by dinners? (heard that for dinner, they would have a few more cooked dishes and include seashells items and fishes for the BBQ)

Service wise, generally ok. Besides the Korean lady who led us to our seat, they also have some local staff to clear the plates, though not too regular. At some times, our used plates have piled up before the staff came over to collect them. In addition, the staff also assume that we know how to use the BBQ cooker and didn't come to "explain or teach" us how to on until we tried ourselves. They then came over with a small hand-held cylinder and put it in the special box of the BBQ cooker and pressed something and fire just gazzed out! Generally it was ok for us (as we have tried other places as well using similiar method but we just want to ensure it was safe for dinners to do so).

Value for money, ok at the price!

As I am not really into Korean food or dishes, I thought it was a good eye opening experience for me to try but whether will I come back here again, I am not sure. Perhaps I will go for the more familiar Japanese food but if you like Korean food, you may like to visit here as its quite value for money and don't just go to 2D1N soju if you don't like to queue outside the restaurant.