Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant

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Address
279 New Bridge Road, 088752
Asian, Barbecue, Korean, Seafood, Steamboat
+65 65570939

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 17:00 - 23:00

$30 based on 27 submissions
BBQ (9 votes), Dinner (6 votes), After Work (5 votes) ...

Manbok Chinatown is a Korean restaurant located in Chinatown serving authentic Korean BBQ and Steamboat cuisine, which is prepared by chefs trained in Korea with many years of experience.

The restaurant offers a range of meat which include beef, pork, chickens (non-marinated and marinated with Korean spices and sauces), seafood and specially cooked Korean dishes. These special dishes are Korean cuisine cooked in traditional style by our chefs and the dishes are changed at least on a monthly basis to provide different varieties.

Manbok Chinatown is a charcoal-grilled BBQ restaurant and customers can also enjoy the food cooked in hot pot (ie. budaejjigae). In traditional Korean style, customers wrap their grilled meats in fresh lettuce filled with delicious Korean sauces and other condiments. Its menu also include fresh fruits, soft drinks and ice-cream, which are offered at no extra charge.

 

LUNCH (11.30 am to 3.00 pm)

Monday to Friday (not a public holiday)

Adult $13.50++   Child $9.00++

 

Saturday, Sunday & PH (Public Holiday) 

Adult $17.00++   Child $9.00++

 

DINNER (5.00 pm to 11.00 pm)

Monday to Thursday (not a public holiday)

Adult $24.00++   Child $17.00++

 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday & eve of PH & PH 

Adult $27.00++   Child $17.00++

 

*The above prices are subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST

* Child - 4 to 10 years old

What others are eating here

Beef Short ribs and pork belly
Beef Short ribs and pork belly
Korean Beer
Korean Beer
Korean Garlic Chicken Wings
Korean Garlic Chicken Wings
Bimbap
Bimbap
Ingredients for the steamboat
Ingredients for the steamboat

Latest Review for Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant

Overall RatingBased on 22 reviews
Food/Drink4
Value4
Ambience3.6
Service3.7
Most helpful review:

Korean BBQ & Steamboat Combo

Food/Drink 3| Value 4| Ambience 3| Service 4
Total Reviews: 348

Thank you very much to Hungry Go Where and Manbok for the invitation. For the complete review, click here:
http://www.chubbybotakkoala.com/2014/08/manbok.html


Manbok is a Korean BBQ and steamboat Restaurants located in Chinatown Although the idea is Korean BBQ and Steamboat buffet was pioneer by Seoul Garden in the 1990s in Singapore, let must just say that Manbok Chinatown is way ahead of them in terms of quality.

Manbok offer diners the option of Korean BBQ with up to 10 different type of cuts of meat to choose from. Meanwhile for steamboat, you can have the seafood (prawns, octopus & clams), luncheon meat, sausages, vegetables, dumplings, and instant noodle plus the necessary ingredients to whip up Budai Jjigae (Army Stew). However, don't hesitate to experiment.

On each table, there are two stoves. One for BBQ, using combination of gas and charcoal with stainless steel bbq grill plate, while the other for steamboat. To minimise the patrons from coming out smelling like bbq meat from dining here, they use adjustable exhaust system.

Thick cut pork belly and beef short ribs is a must for the bbq. The pork belly has a nice balance of fat and good for grilling. Short ribs can be a bit tricky, we overcooked it once, and it become rubbery. We did better on the second try, but it is still kind of chewy. Not recommended for someone with denture. We find the sausages tasted a little sour, so we did not try if further.

The marinated meat such as spicy pork collar, marinated pork collar, marinated chicken thigh and spicy chicken breast provide a good selections for non-beef eaters. The pork are tender and the same can be said about the chicken thighs. Skip the spicy chicken breast, as it has no fats, so it become hard after bbq. We decided to add octopus to the grill which turn out to be one of the best item for the night.

For steamboat meat, beef brisket cuts and beef short plate cuts, will provide you with a good quality meat for the steamboat, in which they use seafood as their base soup. Of course you must try to do your own Army Stew. LD was the main chef for this, putting together her evil concoction of bean paste and chilli paste and other ingredients to the soup base. The result, Yum Yum, delicious. I had two serving of the noodles, but without slurping too much of the soup. He..he.. you know I don't like chilli right.

Service is very good. During the tasting, the service staff change the steel grill plate regularly. We are warmly greeting when we enter the restaurant and we can see they do the same thing to the rest of the customers.

Overall, we find that Manbok provide a good option for Korean BBQ and Steamboat. Current price for dinner is $29 (+ Service Tax), however if you dine in a group of 4 or more, each will get free beer. If I am not mistaken, if you come in before 6pm, you can also get a free beer. However, do check with the restaurant.  

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Bad Service Experience

Food/Drink 4| Value 4| Ambience 4| Service 1
Total Review: 1

This comment is for the knowledge of customers and the owner of the restaurant. This is about your service staff. 
Visited manbok for few times, it was a pleasant experience the first time i visit this restaurant. During my second visit to this place, one of this staff from china her facial expression is so bad, as she look like she just anyhow cook the food, so me and my friends decided to bbq it ourself. And suddenly, there came a friendly korean staff who serve us politely and serve the dishes to our plates. as for today, i visited them today together with my friends. This china staff serve us again. when she order the food for us, its the same usual unhappy face like as if everyone owes her. When the meats was served, she just anyhow cook it and didnt even bother to serve us the food and just leave it on the BBQ grill. After cooking all the meats she just walked away, and the meats were almost all burnt and stick to the grill. Worse experience. 

I think you need to get new staff and teach them some respect for their customer and some manners. I know for certain i will never be eating here again!

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The management of Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant responded to this review:
26 Feb 2016
Dear CRYSTAL-LOH, Thank you for taking time to review on your experience. We believe you have visited a Korean restaurant along Neil Road that has “Manbok” as part of its name and not MANBOK CHINATOWN KOREAN BBQ & STEAMBOAT RESTAURANT. Just to clarify at Manbok Chinatown, we do only buffet and not ala carte. We do not employ Chinese national as service crew member and all our Korean personnel are chefs working strictly in the kitchen. We hope the above clarifies and we hope to see you at Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ. Yours sincerely, The Management Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant

good, can be better

Food/Drink 4| Value 3| Ambience 3| Service 4
Total Reviews: 9

My family and I came to Manbok for Dinner.
over the phone, they told us that our meal time would be restricted to 2
hours.

You are served by strong good looking Waiters, not females.
Very attentive, very professional and quick.
One cannot fault them. I told my husband I suspect these waiters to be
co-owners of manbok.

At the buffet, besides the pork, beef, there were shellfish such as
clams and mussles.

Now there is a counter with a signboard "Budae jiigae "
Isn't this the reddish army stew?
Of course, most customers did not know how to prepare the army stew at their table!
We do not know the recipe because we are not koreans !
I took a walk around, most used the pot as hotpot like chinese do.

The sauces for army stew should be indicated.
Instead, all the sauces are grouped together making us all confused.
The signboard says to include the "special sauce" into your budae jiigae.
I went in search of 'special sauce' at the Sauce Dept,  the special sauce is light yellowish clear sauce, it  is not Red.

Near the watermelon and away from the group of sauces,  i saw a chilli that looked like balachan chilli !





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Korean BBQ Buffet at Chinatown

Food/Drink 4| Value 4| Ambience 4| Service 4
Total Reviews: 687

I met up with some friends at this restaurant for dinner recently.

 

The restaurant offers buffet dinner. At each table, there’s a hot plate and a mini hotpot, where you can cook your own food items. What I like is the staff comes around the table regularly to change the stainless steel grilling plates often, which means you are having clean grilling plates without the need to call the staff over.

 

Currently, they have an on-going dinner promotion where you get a free bottle of Korean Hite beer when you dine in a group of 4 diners and above.

From the meats section, I had the following - Beef Short Plate, Pork Collar and Beef Chuck Tender:

 

In particular, the standouts for me were:

- Beef short rib (marinade) – Absolute must-try. This is a popular item and quite a few customers were piling this onto their plates.

- Marinated pork collar – Tasty and yummy!

- Chicken Leg – Deboned and cut into chunks. They looked ordinary. But when I tried a piece after grilling, I was wowed. Its tasty and well marinated. Really good.

 

Also at the buffet counter, there were:

- Kimchi: 2 types - Cabbage and radish were available.

- Steamed rice

- Seaweed soup

 

For the buffet, they offer 3 cooked food items, which changes daily. On the day I was there, there were:

- Seafood Pancake: This were cut into little squares and placed in the heating tray. Two flavors were available, normal and kimchi flavour.

- Korean Garlic Chicken Wings: These were good. The outside of the wings were crispy and coated with sesame seeds. Yummy.

- Bimbap: This is the Korean version of the maki. There were 3 varieties: Chicken, Tuna and Kimchi. I liked the tuna flavoured ones. 

 

For desserts, they had:

- Ice cream: These were mini cups of vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

- Fruits: I had the cut watermelon. Nice and refreshing after all that grilling.

 

If you are looking for a centrally-located restaurant (Chinatown) where you can eat all the Korean food you want to your heart’s delight, this is the place.

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