Bornga is a truly impressive and authentic Korean barbecue restaurant that offers a wide variety of side dishes and utilizes real charcoal grills. Although it may not be cheap, it is definitely worth a visit, especially for their delicious samgyeopsal (pork belly) and sirloin beef cuts.
If you prefer to read the Chinese version:
新加坡怡豐城 Vivo City不便宜但好有陣勢的正宗韓燒店，用上真炭爐，配菜款式豐富，三層肉和西冷牛三角都好值得一吃。
Here’s what we ordered:
- Woo Samgyup (marinated pork belly)
- Kkot Sal (Beef)
- Samgyeopsal (pork belly) in Soy Sauce
- Chadol Doenjang Jjigae (beef soybean paste soup)
Even though there were only two of us, the appetizers were not taken lightly. Our favorite was the pickled radish strips shown in the picture, which had a perfectly balanced combination of sourness, sweetness, and spiciness.
There were also pickled spring onion strips, which I recommend enjoying alongside the grilled meat for a delightful flavor. Additionally, we had the regular kimchi, cold noodle broth with seaweed and vegetables. If you order the grilled meat, there is also a giant vegetable platter that spans the length of an entire arm.
It seems to be one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, available in a sauced version or original flavor. In order to savor the true meat flavor, we opted for the original flavor. After grilling, the meat was indeed rich in oiliness, but it reminded us a bit of the grilled meat bowls at Sukiya, which made us feel that the value for money was not particularly high.
Compared to the signature dish mentioned earlier, the beef tri-tip is even more delicious. The beef tri-tip is a cut from the bottom portion of the sirloin, known for its tender and flavorful texture. It has a good bite without being too tough or fatty, and the meat has a rich and savory flavor. It pairs well with the dipping sauce and is a great accompaniment to cabbage or rice.
Samgyeopsal in Soy Sauce
We absolutely love the three-layered pork belly when it comes to Korean barbecue. The outer layer is slightly crispy, while the meat itself is rich in flavorful fat. Combining the mild spiciness of raw garlic, the fresh crunch of chili peppers, and the aromatic intensity of soybean paste, wrapping it all in juicy lettuce leaves and taking a bite is simply heavenly.
Chadol Doenjang Jjigae
One of the most disappointing dishes was the beef brisket stew. Unfortunately, we forgot to take a photo, but it lacked sincerity. The stone pot wasn’t hot enough, so the temperature dropped quickly. The beef brisket, as advertised on the menu, turned out to be shredded and lacking in distinct beef flavor. It was a far cry from the flavourful beef stews we’ve had at more affordable prices on regular occasions. Even the taste of the accompanying soybean paste soup was inferior.
Bornga Singapore @ VivoCity
Address：1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-123 /124, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours：11:30 – 22:00