Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory at 313 Somerset


Originating from Seoul, Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory opens its first outlet in Singapore at 313 Somerset, bringing Korea’s “Chimaek” chicken-and-beer pairing culture to our shores, serving up a slew of fried and roasted chicken coated in garlic, chilli and cream-based sauces to accompany malty libations. With over 100 outlets across South Korea, this fried chicken restaurant, its popularity and success is self-evident.

Chir Cream Beer ($13.90 for 350ml/$18.90 for 650ml)

Inspired by the hippest trend in Korea’s drinking scene, Chir Cream Beer comes with house-whipped cream atop bubbly beer. Continue reading

Seoul Garden HotPot at Orchard Cineleisure


Launched in 2010, Seoul Garden HotPot is an extension of the popular Seoul Garden brand that’s known for its 2-in-1 BBQ and Steamboat Buffet. Steering away from the buffet concept, Seoul Garden HotPot offers a variety of premium Korean dishes in an a la carte menu.

Located at three bustling malls, Orchard Cineleisure, HarbourFront Centre and IMM, Seoul Garden HotPot appeals to young diners, families and executives.

The menu was last updated in July 2013, which brings about an addition of new inventive creations to the existing traditional favourites. Continue reading

E!GHT Korean BBQ at The Central


Articles featuring Korean restaurants have painted innumerable media columns in the past year itself, and adding to the slew of Korean dining options in Singapore is E!GHT Korean BBQ, which made its debut at The Central at Clarke Quay. What sets E!GHT Korean BBQ apart from the other Korean BBQ joints is its incredibly elaborate effort in modernising the Korean BBQ concept. Continue reading

(May-June 2013 Dining Destination Feature: The Grandstand) HANSANG Korean Restaurant -revisit


HANSANG Korean Restaurant at Grandstand proudly and rightfully claims to be Singapore’s biggest Korean restaurant till date. This flagship outlet is the establishment’s third outlet, after its Novena Square 2 and Holland Village outlets.

Read the full review here:

My revisit to HANSANG was no less satisfactory. Here’s a pictorial piece, with photos taken using the small and compact but outstanding Sony NEX-3N.

Unlike Sarang Korean Bistro, HANSANG serves up traditional affair that’s close to the hearts of Koreans residing in Singapore. Continue reading

Sarang Korean Bistro (2 recipes included!)


Hear the word ‘Gangnam’, and most of us would immediately relate it to the legendary Korean pop-song ‘Gangnam Style’ by the talented Psy, which unquestionably amused hordes and inevitably annoyed some.

In case anyone doesn’t know, Gangnam is the name of one of the 25 districts in Seoul, South Korea. It is the third largest district in Seoul; it is a trendy cosmopolitan city with no short of contemporary bistros.

Sarang, a Korean bistro located at Orchard Central in Singapore, offers the latest food trends from Gangnam, making it available to us within our easy reach. Steering away from the usual Korean dining scene of smoky BBQ houses, Sarang presents a new dining experience –a fusion of classic Korean favourites and contemporary creations.

Folded Egg ($6.50)

What once used to serve up conventional Korean fare has now reinvented itself with a radical makeover, introducing a first-of-its-kind Korean Tapas menu. Continue reading

HANSANG Korean Restaurant at Grandstand


HANSANG Korean Restaurant at Grandstand proudly and rightfully claims to be Singapore’s biggest Korean restaurant till date. This flagship outlet is the establishment’s third outlet, after its Holland Village and Novena Square 2 outlets.

Spanning across a whopping 12,500 square feet of space, this spacious 200-seater restaurant houses HANSANG’s central kitchen, 10 VIP rooms and a mini Korean supermarket, LotteMart, which is well stocked with Korean imports that home-sick Koreans residing in Singapore are hankering for.

Assortment of side dishes

In Korean, “HANSANG” describes the generosity and hospitality of the host. In that spirit, this restaurant welcomes all guests to step in and enjoy its splendid spread of Korean cuisine in a cordial environment.

The giant screen in the middle of the restaurant screens popular Korean dramas and K-POP music videos throughout its operating hours. What impresses the most is the sumptuous array of over 100 authentic Korean dishes. Continue reading

Food Trail at Bugis+ with Omy bloggers


Last weekend, a group of bloggers were invited to a 6-hour-long food trail, covering over 10 dining establishments in Bugis+. With an empty stomach and a voracious appetite, we sampled a wide range of cuisine from American to Chinese, and Korean to Thai, available in the promising mall.

(Hashtag for the event: #BugisPlus; follow me @melicacy on Instagram)

Regrettably, I had an event to cover earlier in the day, hence I missed out on several restaurants. Nevertheless, I’ll be featuring some of the restaurants I’ve visited at Bugis+ during the past few months, in addition to what we’ve sampled during the food trail. Continue reading