OBBa Korean restaurant is one of the many Korean restaurants situated on Tanjong Pagar Road close to Tanjong Pagar MRT. As it was less busy compared to some of the other Korean restaurants last Friday night and it has quite a big menu, we decided to give it a try.
OBBa has a variety of meat sets available which you can cook on the grill on your table but as my friend didn’t feel like having a Korean barbecue we ordered some other dishes from their menu. They have all the usual Korean favourites including topokki (rice cake and fishcake stir fried in hot pepper paste sauce), chap chae (sweet potato noodles stir fried with beef and vegetables in sesame oil), chijimi (Korean pancake), bibimbap (rice topped with vegetables and meat served in a hot stone bowl with hot pepper paste) and a variety of soups, vegetable, seafood and meat dishes.
We went for a seafood chijimi, chicken cooked in hot pepper paste sauce and a spicy seafood soup. We also got a berry flavoured makgeolli which is a Korean alcoholic drink made from rice. It was really nice, not too sweet and had a mild berry flavour. It had a very low alcohol content of 3% though compared to normal makgeolli which is usually around 6-8%. It cost $15 for a small bottle which we shared.
After ordering we were given several complimentary small dishes know as banchan which is typically served in Korean restaurants. We were given 8 dishes including kimchi, green beans in hot pepper sauce, beansprouts in hot pepper sauce, cabbage with an unusual purple dressing (I’m not really sure what flavour it was but it was slightly sour and very nice!), cold pasta in a creamy sauce, seasoned watercress, carrots and spring onions in hot pepper sauce and stewed potatoes and carrots. All were really nice and went well with our rice.
The seafood pancake was hot, crispy and delicious with a good amount of prawns and vegetables in it. The chicken cooked in hot pepper paste sauce came with pieces of cabbage and the sauce was sweet and not too spicy. It was nice but average.
The spicy seafood soup was huge and much bigger than expected. It was marked on the menu with two chilli symbols as the level of spicyness and for me it was only a little bit spicy. It had a lot of clams, cabbage and beansprouts in it but not much of any other seafood unfortunately and came with an egg on top. It probably should have been called spicy clam soup on the menu. Nevertheless it was tasty.
We probably didn’t need to order three dishes as it was more than enough for the two of us and we left nearly half the soup and chicken.
Overall the food in OBBa was good, maybe not the best Korean food I’ve had but the seafood pancake was really good and definitely my favourite dish out of the three that we ordered. The restaurant although small, doesn’t feel crowded as the tables are big and the service there is efficient. I would probably go back again as the prices are reasonable and I’d like to try their Korean barbecue.
OBBa BBQ 63 Korean Restaurant
Address: 63 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088484
Tel: 6463 9262
Opening hours: Daily 5pm – 1am
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