Located right in the heart of Clarke Quay, just four minutes away from Clarke Quay MRT, Hanjip Korean Grill House is a charcoal KBBQ restaurant with a luxurious and immaculate interior. They have an extensive range of premium meats, such as Kurobuta Berkshire Pork and Australian Wagyu.
Charcoal Korean BBQ in Clarke Quay
Stepping into Hanjip, you’ll be greeted by a sleek black-and-gold interior, with marbled tables and a bar filled with drinks and alcohol.
Some K-BBQ outlets in Singapore are packed with tables set so close together that getting to your seat can be like playing a game of Twister. However, at Hanjip, tables are well-spaced apart, making the restaurant feel super roomy, and adding to the upscale vibe of the restaurant. You also get plush, comfortable chairs for you to lean back and relax after eating to your heart’s content.
There also seemed to be a lack of the distinct stench that lingers in the air in many K-BBQ establishments, somehow seeming to find its way onto every piece of clothing that you wear. Therefore, we are glad to report that we did not leave Hanjip smelling like we stuffed a piece of barbecued pork belly down our shirts.
For those looking to celebrate a special occasion at Hanjip or those who wish to enjoy a more intimate dining experience, seven private dining rooms of varying sizes are available that come fully furnished with TV screens and soundproofing on the walls. There is a minimum spend that varies based on the size of the rooms.
The staff will personally grill the meats of your choice and deliver them to your room, while you dine in comfort in the company of your loved ones.
Menu at Hanjip Korean Grill House
The menu here at Hanjip is pretty extensive, with BBQ platters for you to choose from. They also have Korean pancakes, cold noodles, Korean fried chicken, and even ala-carte dishes like Jokbal.
Like many other Korean restaurants in Singapore, Hanjip served up some side dishes while we waited for the meats and dishes to arrive.
Besides the usual kimchi and cucumbers, one of the highlights here has got to be their Lotus Root side dish! It’s super addictive with its sweet and salty flavours – the best part? You can always request for top-ups!
We ordered both the Beef Platter A ($135) and the Beef Platter B ($125) which came with an assortment of beef cuts.
For platter A, you’ll get 200g of Wagyu Striploin, 150g of Wagyu Beef Brisket, and 150g of Marinated Boneless Short Rib. For Platter B, the Wagyu Striploin is replaced with 200g of USDA Prime Ribeye.
For their signature cuts, which are the Australian Wagyu and USDA Prime Beef, they are both aged which helps to enhance the flavour and texture of the meat while keeping its tenderness.
All the meats were kindly grilled by the staff, who were extremely meticulous and courteous throughout the entire meal. They also asked what doneness we preferred for our beef before grilling it.
As expected, the meats were tender, juicy, and almost melt-in-your-mouth, with each cut tasting delicious without any additional condiments.
The Kurobuta Platter ($88) consists of Pork Belly, Pork Jowl, and Marinated Pork Collar. Our favourite was the Pork Jowl cut, which was smooth in texture and juicy on the inside.
The marinated pork collar was excellent as well, melt-in-your-mouth tender and not overly saturated with the taste of the marinade. We could still savour the natural pork flavour, which really shined through in all three cuts of meat.
Spicy Chicken Feet
If you’re a fan of chicken feet but hate the deboning you have to do when eating them, good news! Here at Hanjip, you can find Boneless Spicy Chicken Feet ($22)!
The sauce that the dish was stir-fried in reminded us slightly of Jeyuk Bokkeum (제육볶음), which is stir-fried pork. We did hope that the spiciness could have been more intense, which is what the dish is known for in Korea.
The Gamjatang, otherwise known as Pork Bone Soup ($20), came close to the ones we had in Korea. We really appreciated how the dish used actual pork bones and was topped with what appeared to be perilla powder, something not commonly found in Singapore when it comes to Gamjatang.
There was a nice amount of meat and vegetables inside. We did think it could have been less salty and boiled longer for a deeper taste. However, this would have been perfect with a bowl of rice on a rainy day.
One of the best ways to end a Korean BBQ is with a cold, refreshing bowl of Naengmyeon!
We opted for the Bibim Naengmyeon ($18) which helped to wash away the greasiness from the grilled meats. After mixing everything, we found the sauce to be slightly on the sour side, which felt refreshing. The pear and radish also added a nice crunch to the overall dish. A great way to end the meal!
Charcoal Korean BBQ Restaurant in Singapore
Overall, Hanjip Korean Grill House does shine with its premium meats and attentive service. The ala-carte dishes also fared pretty well, along with one of the side dishes catching our attention.
However, with its price point, we would probably turn to Hanjip during special occasions such as birthdays celebrations instead of normal weekday dinners.
Hanjip Korean Grill House
3C River Valley Road, #01-11, Blk C, The Cannery, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179022
Tue-Sat: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-1am
Sun-Mon: 11:30am–2pm, 5pm–11pm
*This is an independent review by MiddleClass.sg.