K.COOK Korean BBQ Buffet 고기 뷔페

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Just yesterday, I visited this newly opened Korean BBQ Buffet Restaurant 고기 뷔페, at Orchard Central!
Reaching there at about 6.30pm, I already saw many people having their buffet session and here I was, thinking that I could be the earliest as it was a work day. I was greeted with this cool queue machine, which they just installed one day before I went there.
The Queue Machine.
I tried the queue system (despite having a seat already, naughty me!) because I wanted to see how well it worked. And it was really cool! It allowed you to select an estimate number of people you will be eating with, and ask you to key in your contact number and name. At the final stage, it will check with you if you require a baby seat.
My queue number was A26. I took a screenshot of their message, which was sent to me right after it generated the queue number. (Talk about efficiency!) ^-^
They actually did call me later on, not once, not twice, but about 4 times when I didn't pick up my phone! (Sorry lah, busy munching away already, totally did not see the calls!)
I kid you not, Singaporeans eat SOOOOO much meat. I went to take some of the Samgyeopsal 삼겹살 (fatty slices of pork belly meat), one moment it was there, next moment - gone! The restaurant staff were quick to replace a bucket of Samgyeopsal 삼겹살 and I was a happy girl.
Overall, looking at the food, it was a good spread indeed. Here are some of the snapshots of the items they have there!
I usually do not exactly like to eat too much of the side dishes in a Korean buffet, because it takes up space in your belly and you don't end up eating the good stuff, like the grilled meats. I did try a little of their side dishes and it was very satisfying. I loved the Japchae 잡채, tteokbokki 떡볶이 and one spicy stewed pork side dish, which I took second helpings of it. (So totally not me, y'all.)
These are the side dishes.

Make your own fruit salad!
10 types of meats to choose from, for your grilled enjoyment~



Being in this place is like being in a live South Korean TV station, watching Kpop performances. It can get a little noisy, with the music playing in the background and the sizzling of meats everywhere. But it all adds to the experience. I took this photo when the sun hasn't set, but you should really be there when the sky gets dark. The lights make a huge difference and the place is transformed into a really cool BBQ club. The lights and the scenery of Orchard Road makes it such a joy to dine here. Even better if you're seated near the glass windows.

Decor~
Grilling of meats are done on this huge grill (with the fire contained directly under it so it doesn't feel too hot. Also, the place is really open and has very good ventilation, which works very well for us. Even after so much grilling, you won't smell as smoky meaty as you will with other Korean BBQ restaurants, which usually are in an enclosed space.


SIZZLE TIME
Prices are charged reasonably at the following:
Lunch (Mon to Fri, 11.30am to 3pm) / Sat, Sun, Eve PH & PH (11.30am to 5pm)
Adults: $14.99++, $24.90++ respectively
Child (4 to 12 years old): $8.90++, $18.90++ respectively
Dinner (Mon to Thurs, 5.30pm to 10pm) / Fri, Sat, Sun, Eve PH & PH (5pm to 10pm)
Adults: 24.90++, $26.90++ respectively
Child (4 to 12 years old): $18.90++, $18.90++ respectively
They also offer a 10% discount if you meet either one of these clauses:
- For those who dine in less than an hour for buffet food
- If you pay up before 7pm for dinner from Monday to Friday.
Overall, my take on this restaurant is that it offers good value for what you get, with a good, standard favourite selection of meats to choose from and good side dishes. There is good ventilation as well, which is really important! The staff also provide good service and I'm absolutely impressed with the follow-up generated from the queue machine.
Location: #07-01, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 23889
Tel: +65-6884-7282
To find out more, visit their Facebook page now!
Directions to K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet:
Take the train to Somerset MRT Station (NS23 - located on the North-South Line / Red Line). Exit towards Orchard Central Exit. Take the lift up to the fourth floor. Look for an escalator and go up all the way to level 7. Look to your left and you'll see the restaurant:

View from Escalator
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4 / 5
Ambience: 4 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4.3 / 5
Service: 4 / 5