My first korean bbq experience was at 2D1N (which my parents mistook for a hotel) and boy for the price of $20+ that sure is one hell of a good buffet. My second was at Crystal Jade Korean BBQ which was actually pretty good and they had student price. Then my next korean bbq experience was actually in Korea itself. And of course, nothing beats the original. So when I came back to Singapore, I pretty much had withdrawal symptoms. Of course, there are tons of delicious buffets with a hefty price tag. But having paid nothing more than SGD20 for bbq in Korea itself, I was reluctant to spend much more than that.
2D1N, if you haven't eaten, is really good. But Goki Day beats it hands down.
Sure, there range at 2D1N is slightly larger BUT, Goki Day wins because of its marinated meat. Gosh the beef bulgogi was sweet and the meat was extremely juicy. You can even smell the aroma while they're cooking on the stove. They're pretty much bite-size pieces of heaven.
And the pork belly was marinated perfectly too. They have I think 2 different marinates for the pork belly-- one's herb and the other one, well I have no idea what the other one is, but it's orangey and it's more savory. I think it's some sort of kimchi paste marinate. I prefer that because it has more flavour, the herb one is a bit bland.
They have non marinated meat of course, but I couldn't settle for those when I have tons of marinated ones waiting for me. That beef bulgogi.... Mmmm.....
Oh and in Korea, they apparently do serve onions in sweet sauce as a 'main' dish to go with your bbq meat. Goki Day has the same kind of onion and sweet sauce (placed separately though, but next to each other) and you can just combine them anyway you want. I prefer the onions with more sauce :)
And of course, wrapping your bbq meat with leafy vegetables is the common way to eat in Korea too :)
Really, even though bbq is supposed to be unhealthy, the Koreans make it less sinful by adding in that much vegetables to the meal. Probably why everyone in Korea is still so skinny after having bbq so often.
I have to say, Goki Day will probably be my favourite korean bbq place for now because it's authentic as you can get to the ones in Korea. The price of $24.90++ is extremely reasonable given the quality of meat! And of course, the place is run by Koreans, and always full so do make a reservation before heading down!
Goki Day Korean BBQ Buffet Restaurant
19 Teck Chye Terrace