Hyang To Gol Restaurant Review

I am a meat-lover, there is no doubt in saying that, and there are plenty of ways to satisfy my never-ending cravings of meat. It could be in the form of a Steak, a burger, Fried Chicken or even a humble plate of Char Siew Rice. But, recently I am really starting to enjoy something I didn’t at first, Korean BBQ…

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Recommended by my Korean Cousin-in-law, Hyang To Gol is a Korean Restaurant in a little corner of the Amara Hotel, I even had problems finding it, hidden on the second floor.

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Their Decorations are simple enough, with a few paintings on the wall. But with the waitresses wearing Traditional Korean Clothing and with a few tables occupied by actual Koreans, you feel as though you have stepped into a Downtown Korean Restaurant in Seoul, here in Amara Hotel!

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As I mentioned, my Korean Cousin recommended this restaurant to me and I saw Korean Patrons dining at the restaurants too, you get the feeling that their food must be good… Since the Koreans are eating it… Haha! The Menu is rather extensive, with different BBQ meats, Hotpots, rice, Noodle and Soup dishes. Classic korean dishes you know… Nothing too fancy…

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Since we ordered BBQ meats and a Hotpot, we would extensively use the stove…

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One thing I really like about this Korean restaurant is that, they serve classic Korean side dishes at no charge, and you can even ask for more! Unlike other restaurants which charge for them and for top-ups, sheesh… Hardly proper Korean Hospitality huh? Highlights are the 3 Kimchis, there is the classic sour one of course… But I utterly enjoyed the Kimchi on the larger plate which is on the Sweeter side and not too sour. Also, there is the Kimchi made with Squid, unique and interesting, oh well… I love squid in general anyway… There is also the Korean Pancakes, slightly chewy but flavourful. There is also the anchovies in a sticky sweet caramel sauce. Oh, by the way, these were the dishes we asked for seconds and thirds… Haha… I am greedy, I know…

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They have a wide range of BBQ meats to choose from, but I went for the speciality, Marbled Beef, the Kkot Deungsim ($52.00). Only about 150g, and it is on the high side in terms of pricing… But when I saw that intensive Marbling, all thoughts about the prices just suddenly disappeared… Haha

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Now, I have been to a few Korean BBQ restaurants myself, and only a few help you cook your meat, so you can concentrate on eating… And Hyang To Gol is one of them! But, there is something about cooking your own meat at a Korean BBQ restaurant, oh well… What is the 10% service charge for anyway??? It also came with a spicy salad which I didn’t care for…

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Now, they also provide the classic Brown Bean Sauce and a weird Oil and salt sauce. Along with the Beef, they have Garlic, Onions, Mushrooms and Radish, all sliced up for you and placed on your plate for you! Now, that is good service in my mind… Now, back to the Beef, it was, of course, nice and melted in my mouth! But, there was a bit of tendons here and there, and it was under seasoned sadly, but the Brown Bean sauce and Garlic did help.

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Now, this is the Black Cod Hotpot, the Daegu-J.P., the large one ($65.00). In the Spicy Kimchi Broth, there is of course the Black Cod, Tofu, mushrooms, spring onions and leeks.

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The broth itself wasn’t too spicy and salty, which didn’t cause me to reach for the cup of tea every 10 seconds. The Black Cod, a personal favourite fish of mine, managed to retain its delicious flavour and texture in the spicy broth beware of bones though!!!

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No Korean Meal is complete without this, a classic dish of Hot Stone Bibimbap with Pork, the Dolsot-Bibimbap ($20.00). It was flavourful and they were generous on the ingredients, but the rice was overcooked and mushy! Therefore, it cooked and charred on the bottom of the hot stone too quickly, and therefore you needed to stir it continously, or risk burnt Bibimbap… What a shame…

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In conclusion, Hyang To Gol is a Korean Restaurant I walked into with bug expectations, since it was recommended by a close Korean Relative. But, I dare say, despite it’s ups and downs, this is the best Korean Restaurant I have been to in Singapore so far… But, who knows? They might be a Korean Restaurant that could be better, and is waiting to be discovered soon….

Overall Rating:8/10

Restaurant Info:
Hyang To Gol
Level 2, Amara Hotel
165 Tanjong Pagar Rd
S088539

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