Bibigo, a global Korean restaurant brand operated by CJ Foodville, has recently opened another new outlet at Suntec City with some latest additions to its menu. Being an avid fan of Korean food, I am absolutely excited to be invited to the soft launch of Bibigo’s fourth outlet in Singapore before its grand opening the following day. For those who haven’t heard of Bibigo, or haven’t visited this restaurant before, you definitely HAVE to give it a try! For those who’ve visited the restaurant before, you know why. 😉 Top Korean stars like PSY, B.A.P, and Kim Ki Bum have also patronized Bibigo when they’re in Singapore too!
I love everything about Korea – in general, its food, culture, people, music, dramas, entertainment, and the list goes on! Not to mention, my fondness toward Korean food ranks among the top as I love how there are so many varieties to choose from, as well as the distinctive and authentic taste of the food. Korean food is definitely getting more popular worldwide, so when I heard Bibigo is opening their fourth outlet in Singapore along with new food items on its menu, I knew I had to try them.
(Interior view of Bibigo restaurant at Suntec City Mall)
The ambience of the restaurant is really cozy and the service was great, as you can see we were served with side dishes shortly after placing our order. Not to mention, the service staff were being extremely helpful by explaining and introducing the dishes on the menu.
We helped ourselves to a few servings of appetizers like the Japchae, Sweet & Spicy Fried Rice Cake and Courgette Pancake, before moving on to the barbeque items and main dishes. I thought it was very considerate of them to serve the appetizers in servings of Small Plate, which was perfectly enough for two of us. One thing that I really like about Bibigo is the degree of authenticity you can find in the food, and you’ll be surprised to know that some items on the menu are not only healthy but also low on calories!
(Top: Side dish; Bottom: Japchae)
A very popular Korean dish that is often served as a side dish, Japchae (잡채) is a type of Korean stir-fried glass noodles tossed with a variety of vegetables. Here at Bibigo, its Japchae is mixed with spinach, onion, pepper, mushroom and a topping of your choice (Char-grilled Bulgogi, Chicken Teriyaki, Chicken Breast, Grilled spicy pork, Tofu), which is extremely delicious!
The Sweet & Spicy Fried Rice Cake (떡볶음) on the other hand, is more like a snack item which is best to have it while it’s served hot. It tasted different from the usual spicy rice cake (the Koreans call it ‘Ddeokbokki’), being full in flavor, crispy on the outer layer and chewy on the inner. I like how it doesn’t taste oily despite being fried, hence giving a thumbs up for this dish!
(Sweet & Spicy Fried Rice Cake)
Introducing a new item on the menu, the Courgette Pancake (호박전) is a Korean-style pancake with courgette, sweet potato, sweet pumpkin and butternut squash, topped with rocket salad. For the ladies or the health conscious, this dish would be a good and yummy choice because courgettes are not only low on calories and fat; they are also known to be rich in nutrients for cardiovascular health and help to prevent cancer. I’ve personally tried the Pajeon (Seafood Pancake) on my other visit to Bibigo, which is pretty good as well – but if I had to choose among the two, it would be the Courgette Pancake because of its overall unique taste.
For the main dishes, we had our share of Char-grilled Bulgogi (슻불고기) – beef marinated in Bibigo’s barbecue sauce; and Bibigo Rice (비비고 라이스). What’s special about Bibigo is that they actually offered patrons different choices of rice, sauce and topping for the Bibigo Rice/Bibimbap/Hot Stone Bibimbap. The serving portion is pretty large too, topped with a variety of fresh vegetables which makes the whole dish a healthy yet appetizing choice.
(Bibigo Rice – Our choice of toppings: Brown & White Rice, Grilled Spicy Pork, Sesame Sauce)
(Hot Stone Galbi)
Bibigo also serves food items like the Fried Mandoo (Korean Dumplings), Red Chicken, Brown Noodle Soup, Hot Stone Galbi (*hot favorite!*), and many others that are listed on the menu. The new menu, which features some additional dishes such as the Korean BBQ Chicken, Bibigo Salad, Oriental Chopped Salad, and Grilled Ssamjang Pork (grilled pork thigh marinated in traditional Korean Ssamjang sauce), is said to be exclusive to the Suntec City outlet in celebration of a major milestone for Bibigo. Be sure to give these dishes a try when you visit the new outlet located at Suntec City Mall Tower 3, #B1-107!
Oh yes, before we forget about the desserts… We ordered Bibigo’s Riso Nero Ice Cream (비비고 흑미 아이스크림) and Glazed Sweet Potato (고구마 범벅) even though we’re really stuffed! The ice cream has a very distinctive taste, but I felt it was a little too milky/creamy. Even so, it goes pretty well with the Nurungji (Korean crispy rice). As for the sweet potato dish, it is served coated with Korean grain syrup and topped with Nurungji and walnut, to which I enjoyed very deliciously. It’s a taste that is similar to the Sweet & Spicy Fried Rice Cake, but different for the aftertaste. Overall, it’s a dish I will recommend if you’re one with a sweet tooth!
(Riso Nero Ice Cream)
(Glazed Sweet Potato)
Having patronized Bibigo’s new outlet at Suntec City, I can gladly say that I’ll definitely return again very soon for the fabulous food, service and ambience. This being my third visit to Bibigo, I still enjoyed the food and service very much. The food items on the menu are reasonably priced as well, ranging from S$6~$12 for Appetizers/Small Plates, S$10~$11 for Bibigo’s Rice, S$15~$23 for Korean Barbeque dishes, to S$4.50~$6 for its desserts.
Bibigo Singapore is also offering Tea Time & Snacks/VIP/Deluxe Menus at selective outlets, as well as delivery service which is available on Weekdays (10:30 – 21:00) and Saturday (10:30 – 14:30). Here’s a list of locations and operating hours of Bibigo outlets in Singapore:
- Suntec City Mall Tower 3, #B1-107 (NEW)
Daily: 11:00 – 22:00
- Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-74
Daily: 11:00 – 22:00
- NEX Shopping Mall, #03-08/09
Daily: 11:30 – 22:00
- Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, #01-02/03
Weekdays: 10:30 – 21:30
Saturdays: 10:30 – 15:00
Sundays and Public Holidays: Closed
Shoutout to Bibigo Singapore for having us at the soft launch of its new outlet in Singapore! For advance reservations at any of the outlets, please call Bibigo Singapore at 6336 4745, and be sure to visit www.sg.bibigo.com or Bibigo’s official Facebook page (facebook.com/bibigo.singapore) for more information.