We were looking for a place to dine and catch up with our friend YP. YP suggested a few places before we finally settle on Songane. A quick check on Google, it seems that this place rack up a substantial positive review on google, plus it is one of the few places in Singapore that serve Oritang (Korean Braised Duck Soup).
Oritang ($18) duck stew Korean version. Alas, we were too busy eating, we forgot to take a photo of the duck stew. It looks closer to our Singapore version of curry, except it does not have the spices and aroma. The duck meat is succulent, while the broth is spicy (base on LD & YP standard) but super spicy base on my standard. LD says that it is good and will return for more duck.
For the BBQ plate, Songane uses a cast iron grill with a gas burner. No charcoal is used to enhance the flavour of the meat. The grill also comes with mini compartments on one side where they grill the kimchi, corn cheese and garlic. We ordered Beef Set ($83.70) – Short Ribs, LA Galbi, Soybean stew and Seafood Pancake.
|The BBQ Plate|
First to go on the grill is the Short Ribs. It is one of the best cuts for Korean BBQ, usually about the size of two fingers. It has a high marbling content, is juicy, succulent and almost melts in your mouth. It is cooked perfectly here and I usually enjoy it with a bit of salt.
Songane Pork ($22) – additional order. Songane uses DUROC pork / chestnut pork, known to be more flavourful and fattier compared to regular pork. The chef made a very deep incision every 1 cm along the pork belly, allowing the fats to render when it is bbq. When both sides of the pork belly turn golden brown, the cook cuts through each piece of the pork belly following the incision. Afterwards, each cut of the meat will be grilled to golden brown on all sides. When you bite into the pork belly, it has a crispy exterior, followed by a burst of juicy pork fats and meat. #Porkgasm
|Songane Pork - Ready to Eat|
Hangjeongsal ($21) / Pork Jowl – additional order. This is not for the faint-hearted. It has a higher fat content compared to pork belly, but it delivers a crispier exterior and more burst porky juice internally. The fats can overwhelm you, therefore it is good to balance it with the kimchi or grilled onion.
|Pork Jowl and Songane Pork|
|Pork Jowl - Ready to Eat|
The last protein that goes on the grill is the LA Galbi. Since it is marinated with sweet sauce, it is cooked with low fire. The sweet marinate absorbs into the ribs, resulting in sweet and juicy flesh. The fun part of eating LA Galbi is chewing on the elastic, the connective tissue between the meat and bone. All I can say is the crew cook it just right, resulting in a pleasantly chewy texture, instead of hard and rubbery. Yumz!.
Seafood Pancake. The version here is crispy and crispy. I am not a fan of Korean pancake, but for the version here, I did not hesitate to have more than my share.
Since the Oritang already spicy, LD ordered Soybean stew for me. Korean version of Miso soup, earthy and packs with fermented soybean flavour. It also helps to neutralise the fats from the pork belly and pork jowl.
The décor of the restaurant is a mix of classic and modern. The floor to ceiling glass windows allows the natural lights to shine in the restaurant. The tables and chairs are made from wood, while each table is equipped with a built-in stove in the middle. The service is very good. The service staff grilled the meat for us, while serving 5 tables at the same time. Surprisingly, our bbq meat still turn out well, WOW!
I notice that their weekday lunch set is priced at $9.90++, for One Main, Rice, Banchans and Barley tea. Awesome value!
|Lunch Set Menu + BBQ Set|
CBK verdict, Songane serve delicious Korean food. The Oritang, grilled meat and crispy seafood pancake are good. We definitely looking forward to our next visit here to try their ginseng chicken and Naeng-myun. Great recommendation YP. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50; $51 - $80
380 Jalan Besar
#01-02 ARC 380
T: +65 6980 3474
OH: Daily, 11.30 – 14.30; 17.30 – 22.00