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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 18 submissions
BBQ (5 votes), Buffet (4 votes), Dinner (4 votes)
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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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04 Feb 2015 • 8 reviews • 0 follower

Unbelievably Tasty Meat Grills!

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When we stepped inside Manbok, it was only because our original destinated dining bbq just next to it was packed to the brim and their service staff gave us a disdainful brush off refusing to confirm when we could have the table.

The service staff standing in front of Manbok welcomed us in with a smile and seated us almost immediately. So we were in fact preparing ourselves mentally that this place might not be as good because it seemed quieter, perhaps because of the price difference.

Boy... were we so wrong...
the meats here were fantastic, the staff were patient and came by every so often to make sure our fire was ok and we were doing ok, I don't remember the last time I had service like that. The quality of the beef and the pork was just perfect to be honest, cooking on the grill without oil (I assume they want us to eat healthy) is tough and it would blacken within two turns of meats, but the staff were on standby always and changed it almost instantly whenever it got too black to cook.

We are definitely coming back, again and again, this is by far the best bbq experience we have had. And we, being gluttons, have gone through quite a few bbq chains already.
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24 Jan 2015 • 16 reviews • 0 follower

Best Korean BBQ in town

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Had dinner here with friends and its the best bbq meats I have had in a buffet. The quality of the meats especially the bacon and the beef short ribs are all above the usual standards that I have normally had at other korean buffets.

definitely coming back again and again for this! super value for money!
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05 Jan 2015 • 90 reviews • 0 follower

My Favourite Korean BBQ

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I'm a fan of Korean BBQ food and Manbok is my favourite. Love the food and excellent service here.

The Bulgogi is very well marinated, super tasty and tender; definitely one of the better bulgogis i've tasted in Singapore.

The service staffs are amazingly friendly and attentive. Makes the entire dining experience super nice! 
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27 Dec 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Great korean BBQ with great service

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Service was great. Charred grills were often changed by the staff even without us requesting. The boss went out of her way to offer making my dad some mian xian as it was his 60th birthday. just a simple dish and gesture but it speaks volume of how sincere the boss is in providing good service. Absolutely love the soy chicken wings and the korean sauce pork ribs. It's also great that there's the steamboat option which we can also make our own army stew. Only thing which I think can be improved on is the ice cream; it's too dry and un-ice-cream-like. Though it is slightly pricey than the korean BBQ next door, I'd still be willing to pay that extra for the better food and great service. The small bottle of korean beer per pax does justify the slightly higher pricing too.
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10 Sep 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Lousy Beef!

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So excited bring girlfriends eat today cuz last time eat there the experience super good

alamak! they change the beef they serve!!! last time got marinade the beef jing swee. now beef no marinade machiam like paper. i so paiseh bring friends there, told them how good beef was so more.

haiz lagi malu.

people always want eat beef one right? why so liddat?

i won't go back anymore

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The management of Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant responded to this review:
15 Sep 2014
Dear ieatishootipost,

Thank you for dining with us and your feedback on our foods.

We wish to clarify we take extra effort to source and serve quality foods in our restaurant. We offer different kinds of meats (ie chicken, pork & beef) in marinated and non-marinated form. For dinner, we always serve no less than 3 types of beef (eg. short plate, short ribs and brisket). One of these beef items will be marinated. Even if the beef is not marinated, we ensure it does not lose its freshness and preserve its good taste. Rest assured we always serve quality meat in our restaurant.
We will look into this matter to improve our product offerings in our restaurant. Do visit us again as we want to serve you better the next time.

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

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