4 Korean Dining Spots You Need To Check Out Food Notes

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner … these Korean dining places are sure to satisfy. 

Looks like nothing will stop the indomitable K-Wave. From Korean restaurants to specialty cafes, it seems like there’s a new Korean eatery popping up every other week. Not that we’re complaining. Here are four new dining spots to check out.

For brunch (or an afternoon cuppa) … 

Think of dal.komm Coffee like a Korean-fied Starbucks, replete with stuffed toys in a corner and K-pop playing in the background. After all, music is a big part of the dal.komm culture. The brand plans to work with local record labels to hold ‘Veranda Live’ events where artistes can promote their new albums and conduct fan meet-and-greet sessions, while budding singers can audition to perform on the café’s ‘Open Mic’ stage.

Tantalising tunes aside, there’s a wide range of coffee options at dal.komm, all made using a selection of three proprietary Arabica bean blends. These blends are sourced from far-flung regions such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Tanzania, and each blend has its own unique flavour profile and intensity. While purists may opt for the classic espresso served hot, what I really enjoy at dal.komm are its cold brews. Coffee Cube is a drink where blocks of frozen espresso are suspended in temperature-controlled milk. As the ice gradually melts, the intensity of the drink is increased (rather than diluted), giving you a smooth yet heady pour. Another interesting drink to try is the Sweet Potato Latte, which is prepared using a sweet potato powder made with sweet potatoes that have been steamed, mashed, and dehydrated.

Non-coffee drinkers need not feel left out. dal.komm’s Vitali-Tea collection includes three unique flavours – Apple Lemon (which comes with chunks of real fruit), Red Elderberry, and Mojito Black. For dessert-based drinks, there’s Honey Grapefruit, which is served with half a fresh grapefuit and drizzled with honey, and the Strawberry Cube, where fresh strawberries are crushed and frozen before being heaped atop iced milk. For bites, they serve a variety of Korean sweet treats, including the Cruffin Matcha; a glazed “croissant-muffin” topped with green tea curd and whipped cream, and the Injeolmi Toast Red Bean; a sandwich of injeolmi (chewy rice cake) and red bean paste coated with soybean powder and honey, as well as savoury sandwiches such as the Croque Monsieur.

dal.komm Coffee is located at #01-01/06 and #01-102/103 The Centrepoint

For lunch … 

The newly-opened SBCD Tofu House is a hit with office workers in the vicinity, and why not? Here, they specialise in a variety of Korean soft tofu soup, where the soft and silken tofu is handmade fresh daily. For the broth, choose from four levels of spiciness—mild, medium, spicy, or crazy hot—or opt for the non-spicy Sesame Soontofu soup. Depending on your craving, the Soontofu soup here comes in a wide variety of flavours, including Original Beef or Pork, Seafood, Abalone, Ham & Cheese, and even Intestines (only for the brave-hearted diner!). Complement your soups with Korean BBQ favourites such as the L.A. Galbi, Spicy Grilled Chicken, and Spicy Baby Octopus.

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Another unique offering at SBCD Tofu House is its rice. Each bowl of rice is served in a hot stone bowl, and scooped out into a metal bowl. A thick crust of scorched rice, known as “nurungji”, will remain in the hot stone bowl. You can add corn tea to the mixture before covering the bowl, to retain the heat and further cook the leftover rice. After your hearty meal, you can wash away the grease and stodginess from the BBQ meats with this nourishing bowl of nurungji bap, which aids in digestion.

SBCD Tofu House is located at 7 Wallich Street, Tanjong Pagar Centre, #B1-01/02.

For those working in the Orchard area, check out Patbingsoo, located at Plaza Singapura. From the team that brought you the wildly popular Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant (located several floors up of this new eatery), Patbingsoo is a casual dining spot serving Korean comfort food. Popular menu items include Dynamic Spam; a dish where hunks of luncheon meat are covered in a blend of gochujang and mayonnaise, before being light scorched and served with chopped onions and Korean rice balls, as well as the Rolling Cheese Pork Ribs, where sizeable pork ribs are twirled around hefty amounts of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and served with fries and corn.

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Of course, as its name suggests, Patbingsoo also has a mouthwatering Patbingsu menu. As you may know, Patbingsu is a Korean shaved ice dessert, much like our local ice kachang, served with sweet toppings such as chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, and red beans. At Patbingsoo, you can choose from Instagram-worthy creations such as Bibim Patbingsoo (made to look like a savoury bibimbap), Sinsa Patbingsoo ( comes with rock melon, cornflakes, NataCoco, and vanilla ice cream), and the Myeongdong Patbingsoo (includes coffee, coffee jelly, and caramel).

Patbingsoo is located at #B2-47 Plaza Singapura. 

For dinner and drinks … 

Joining the many Korean dining establishments in the Tanjong Pagar area is Hansul Korean Dining Bar. However, what sets them apart is that they offer an extensive selection of Korean liqueurs, many of which are not available elsewhere in Singapore. Here, you’ll find the popular Jeju Hanrasan Soju, a dizzying array of Makgeolli (rice wine) and Cocktail Makgeolli, herbal Cheongju (clear Korean rice wine), seasonal fruit and sparkling wines, as well as Korean beers.

In addition, Hansul is also the first to introduce Hwa-ro charcoal dishes to Singapore. This trendy Korean dining concept involves grilled items served in skewers prepared fresh daily, before being barbequed at the customer’s table using a mini Hwa-ro, which is a personalised charcoal grill.

Skewers and soju … we can think of nothing better to end your evening on a high note!

Hansul Korean Dining Bar is located at 21 Tanjong Pagar Road.

For as long as she can remember, Vanessa has always wanted to escape to a place where no one knows her. But because that’s not always possible, she often retreats into the world of books and pop culture. When she does get to travel, she prefers going off the beaten track and back to nature. Some of her best memories include napping in a treehouse in Laos and cycling across padi fields in Bali.

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