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Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant

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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.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 17:00 - 23:00

+65 65570939
$29 based on 21 submissions
BBQ (5 votes), Buffet (4 votes), Dinner (4 votes)
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Thank you very much to Hungry Go Where and Manbok for the invitation. For the complete review, click here:
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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.  

The HGW community like this place for...

  • marinated beef short-ribs6 votes
  • Budae Jjigae - Army Stew3 votes
  • Pork ribs3 votes
  • fried chicken wings2 votes
  • Octopus1 vote
  • fried rice1 vote
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• 10 May 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Excellent service!

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The food in general were all pretty delicious and satisfying! Quite a great variety and pretty authentic to me! But the best part about this restaurant would have to be their service, the employees are always walking about making sure the food is restocked regularly, our plates are cleared etc. And everyone was very friendly too! Didn't know that the free beer is available on weekends as well until we paid but the owner sincerely apologized multiple times for not informing us:) Overall a very pleasant experience
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• 10 May 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Satisfied

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rovides good service, the attendent never fail to change the grill once it's blackened. The foods are authentic and nice. Reasonable pricing.
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• 09 May 2015 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

First & last visit to Manbok@Chinatown

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I went there with my hubby to celebrate his birthday on 5th May because he wanted to eat steamboat but I prefer BBQ. After reading all the good reviews I decided to go for a try here. I took the marinated chicken and then went for sotong, then when I was about to pick up some cabbages, I saw some creatures lying on it, not sure is houseflies or whatever. I really feel disgusted, really regret not leaving since I had not start eating. For the entire buffet, I only had marinated chicken, few fried wings, 2 cups of ice cream and 2 glasses of sprite. Feel it's really not worth the price, no doubt the staffs there are attentive and polite. Therefore, I will not visit this place again. Hope they improve on their hygiene more.
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The management of Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant responded to this review:
25 May 2015
Dear Ms Teo,

Thank you for having dinner in our restaurant this month.
We appreciate receiving your feedback and extend our sincere apologies to you for your bad experience.

Our management carried out an investigation into your complaint and believe fruit flies could have landed on the cabbage.
We have now implemented measures to eradicate these small flies in our restaurant.

Rest assured maintaining proper hygiene and ensuring customers have a good dining experience in our restaurant is our top priority.
Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope you will re-visit our restaurant again.


Yours sincerely,
The Management
Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant

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