And the Buffet Queen is back! P.S This is a #throwback My boy treated my family to dinner at Ssikkek last weekend. Unbelievable but true, this was my mum’s and dad’s first time eating at a Korean BBQ buffet restaurant - or any kind of BBQ restaurant for that matter. We’re a simple family; we only eat at foodcourts, hawker centres, coffee shops, or at casual eateries at best. If it’s a special occasion like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, that’s when we would usually go to more lavish restaurants. Other than that. we’re pretty simple – not necessarily thrifty, but simple. So, we made a reservation for that evening… This place is always so packed. If you’re thinking of going in a big group, I would recommend that you make a reservation first. Otherwise, you might just have to wait till you get a table. If I’m not wrong, Ssikkek was started by Korean-Koreans. I mean, step into this place and it’s already like a little Korea. They have Korean movie posters on every wall, they even have TV screens playing Korean music videos and live concerts.
Here’s their buffet spread.
Heating up the grill… *Drools*
I’m a sucker for their fatty meats. It’s the only time I really indulge in heart-clogging anything. If you’re extremely careful about your weight, like I am on most days, you might want to reconsider this place. But of course, they have other stuff that won’t kill you or raise your cholesterol. Just make smart choices, that’s all.
My mum and dad. Do I look like either of them? I think I may be adopted. Haha. Kidding.
I don’t know for sure if they did, but I should think my parents enjoyed the buffet. If you do enough research and have gone a around Singapore to explore the buffet scene, you’ll realise that buffets are getting more and more expensive as Singaporeans are increasingly patronising buffet places over the usual restaurants. Ssikkek is among the more affordable Korean BBQ buffets in Singapore, which is why Darren and I frequent this place whenever we have a carnivorous appetite – well, it’s usually just him. Just a point to note, don’t expect a 5-star service standard here. The are obviously understaffed for the number of people this place accommodates. They do charge the usual 10% service charge, which I personally find ridiculous. You self-serve from start to finish, except when they bring you to your seat and at the end when they take your money. How’s that for service? Anyway, the food is really good – this I can assure you. If you’re living in Singapore and have never visited Ssikkek or never even heard of this place, it’s time you crawl out of your shell! I think they have 2 or 3 outlets, but the one at United Square is the one we usually head to. Remember, 1) make a reservation, 2) make sure your meats are sufficiently cooked before consumption, and 3) you’ll smell like walking piece of smoked meat when you step out of this place, so bring a change of clothes or go straight home (if you don’t want weird stares, that is). It’s a long weekend! Go find time to drop by Ssikkek sometime soon. You’ll love it :) Happy weekend!