DaessikSin Korean BBQ Buffet (Now known as Hanssik) @ Clementi Mall

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[2019 UPDATE: Note that this Korean BBQ outlet at Clementi has been rebranded as Hanssik and is now halal certified.]

Happiness is discovering a few months back that popular and real value-for-money Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet has opened an outlet nearer me home at The Clementi Mall. Although they don’t allow phone or online reservations for after 6pm slots, at least they don’t have a time limit like their Bugis counterpart. It does get packed during the weekends but if you come early on a weekday – like before 7pm – you can easily get a table, no matter how big your group.

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In terms of space area, the Clementi outlet is much smaller than Bugis so the food selections do seem less as well. But basically all the necessities needed for either BBQ or hotpot is more than sufficient really.

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The meats for starters are decent and of premium quality, and like Bugis, are presented in generous portions.

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There is an abundance of chicken, pork and beef, in various marination and cuts. There are also fried versions on the side but which I always find defeats the purpose of being in a BBQ-it-yourself restaurant.

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If I’m not mistaken, the Bugis outlet probably have a wider selection of vegetables and Korean sauces and snack delicacies, but seriously the Clementi selection was decent enough with popular Korean items such as kimchi, deep fried sweet potatoes and Japchae (glass noodles).

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Basically it’s a BBQ buffet but you can have a small hotpot to make soup or steam food at just an extra $5. If Daessiksin could just provide some oil or butter per table for grilling, dining here would be just perfect.

For dinner, price per person is usually about $35 including free-flow drinks. There are also students and seniors’ discounts which the waiters and waitresses are kind enough to tell you about (and which can reduce your bill by a good $10 or so); if not, just check if you are entitled to any discount at whatever time you are there. Me BFF and I have already been back there twice and there will definitely be more visits to come. So happy to have it at Clementi!

Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet is at #05-17/18 The Clementi Mall, 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West. Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 11:30am – 03:30pm, 05:30pm – 10:00pm; Sat & Sun: 11:30am – 10:00pm.

Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffett @ Bugis+

2016-12-17-18-39-24-640x480What’s the best to do after watching an adrenaline rush of a film such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Go for a hearty, meaty buffet dinner of cos. And best thing about catching a movie at Filmgarde Cineplex at Bugis+ is that there is DaeSsikSin, the popular Korean BBQ Buffet restaurant just a floor below.
2016-12-17-18-35-31-640x482Good thing our movie ended about 6.15pm (on a Saturday) ‘cos just before 7pm, the place was packed. And it was easy to understand why: the meats alone were well worth the price per person ($24.90 adult, $18.90 child, all-day weekend). Beef choices alone has short rib, short plate, marinated ribeye, and beef bulgogi, all sliced up in generous portions. Pork choices were great too with the likes of pork belly and pork collar, all nicely sliced and fresh. There were various chicken choices too but our focus were mainly on the red meats.
2016-12-17-18-36-08-640x389There wasn’t much seafood choices but the prawns were big and fresh, and we decide to forgo the octopus to leave more room for the meats.
2016-12-17-18-36-02-640x498The vegetable selection is not extensive too but seriously, what more do you need besides lettuce, onions and mushrooms?
2016-12-17-18-36-19-640x353Ok, there’s also creamy corn and sweet tomatoes, but don’t forget this is a Korean restaurant so there’s a big helping of kimchi (sorry, just out of the picture above on the right) and a good number of condiments such as spicy chili paste and sliced red and green chili in soy sauce. There’s also a couple of cooked food items such as kimchi pancakes and roasted sweet potatoes, as well soups, white rice and kimchi rice. Soft drinks are free-flow too as they are included in the meal price.
2016-12-17-18-47-05-480x640For a BBQ place, the place doesn’t have that smoky feel, probably thanks to the extendable exhaust pipes that hang above very table. The cooking hot plate didn’t generate much heat too, unlike other BBQ places we’ve been (but it did cook the food efficiently). So all in all, it was a very enjoyable experience.
2016-12-17-18-44-10-640x480Here’s a close-up of the meat portions. Goodness know how many plates of beef short ribs we went back for – and there were three of us – ‘cos it was just so darn good!
2016-12-17-19-05-19-640x384Before we began picking our food, the waitress did mention that if we could finish up by 90 minutes, it would be great. “Oh, will you throw us out if we don’t?” we asked innocently. She gave a cheesy grin so we waved her away, saying, “Don’t worry, we will be done by then.” Well, my sister-in-law and I were stuffed by 90 minutes although my brother could go on for another hour. Not that I blame him, these buffets are really worth it for the guys (and girls with big appetites – I used to be one, no longer, sob…) We have absolutely no complaints about the offerings, all were in good portions and utterly fresh. Definitely a place we will come back again and again…

Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet is at 201 Victoria Street, Bugis Plus #04-05. On weekdays, there’s a two-hour limit per table. Lunch: $14.90 adult, $8.90 child; Dinner: $24.90 adult, $18.90 child. Weekends, PH and eve of PH: 1.5 hrs limit per table. All-day: $24.90 adult, $18.90 child

Update: DaeSsikSin Korean BBQ Buffet has opened another outlet at The Clementi Mall. Read my review of it here.