Besides offering breath-taking accommodation, there’s not much that the Amara Singapore hotel can’t cook up, seeing as it houses more than a handful of fine dining establishments onsite down Tanjong Pagar Road. Among the many restaurants guests and members of the public can choose from is Hyang-to-gol Korean Restaurant, confidently regarded as one of the best Korean restaurants in Singapore. With over a hundred authentic Korean dishes on offer, this is one Asian restaurant in Tanjong Pagar that rewards repeat reservations.
Hyang-to-gol Korean Restaurant’s reputation extends far beyond Singapore, having been dubbed one of the best five Korean restaurants outside of Korea itself by the Korean Food Foundation. If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, that should be reason enough to send you straight to the booking button, but if you’re curious as to why Hyang-to-gol is such a highly-regarded restaurant, read on. First off, Hyang-to-gol shares a roof with many of Singapore’s finest restaurants, being found on level two of the sleek Amara hotel in Tanjong Pagar. But naturally, it’s the food itself that speaks the loudest to the restaurant’s pedigree.
Traditional Korean dishes take centre stage on Hyang-to-gol’s incredibly long a la carte menu. Start with soondooboo-jjigae, a soft bean curd soup with seafood, or the ddeokbokggi, spicy rice cakes with vegetables. From there, indulge in the popular kimchi hotpot if you’re fond of spicy flavours and crunchy textures, dolsot-bibimbam, a hot stone pot packed with rice and mixed vegetables, haemool-pajeon, a selection of pan-fried seafood served with moreish spring onion pancakes, or the classic Korean barbecue dish of kakdoogi-galbi, 200g of cubed and barbecued beef simply dressed with soy sauce. As one of Singapore’s most revered Korean restaurants and a hot ticket among the many eateries inside Tanjong Pagar’s Amara hotel, Hyang-to-gol’s Tanjong Pagar Road address deserves an advance reservation.
Authentic Korean food - my favourite sweet and spicy kimchi, tender & well marinated pork meat bbq by the staff, yummy soft beancurd seafood soup and lots free-flow side dishes
The spicy beef soup is my must order every time i visit the outlet here. The staffs are attentive and even offered to bbq the meats we have ordered. Lastly, we ended our meal with ordering their homemade kimchi for takeaway!
Have dined here many times. Even though the gap between my last visit and the present was several years, did not notice any difference in either the quality of food or excellence in service. Both were top notch, as was expected.
Excellent service from staff! Ordered the bbq pork belly and the staff helped us to cook it. Ginseng chicken soup is flavourful and meat tender. Cold noodles are refreshing. Dessert was sweet ginger tea of some sort. The side dishes and desserts are different from time to time. Have visited before and will visit again!
Excellent service! We ordered the marinated beef and army stew upon the staff's recommendation. The marinated beef was very tender, the taste was just nice, not too salty. Superb! The army stew was one of the best I've had! You could really taste the stock that they most probably have prepared for many hours! We drank most of the stew and we did not feel very thirsty! It was very comforting and satisfying! They were generous with the meat and other ingredients. Their side dishes were also fantastic! We will definitely go back again to try the other recommended dishes! Thumbs up!
The service deserved to be complemented as there was sufficient staff to serve you right away if you require help and they were very polite. The extensive side dishes also won my heart, with the traditional kimchi fairing better than the others. However, note that their menu items are rather pricey as the amount of ingredients were not compatible to the price. The proportions of vegetables to their core ingredients can be improved to satisfy customers.
Went for my friend's birthday on Sep 9, and the full was really amazing. We ordered quite a few stuffs and the kimchi Jeongol was so good. The restaurant is very generous with the side dishes and all of us enjoyed our dinner. One downside would be the kimchi fried rice, it was too watery.
Incredibly prompt service was provided and the staff were both polite and friendly which made the whole experience all the more enjoyable. It’s a restaurant where paying service charge actually feels justified given how wonderful the service was.
Service is excellent as always! Kimchi pancake was a little more floury than usual and a little bland for my taste. Kimchi jijgae was good and whets the appetite, it comes with rice. Haemool kalguksu (homemade noodles with seafood) was quite filling and tasted flavourful but was not particularly memorable. The side dishes are awesome though!
Quite overpriced for the BBQ. The meat was not marinated that well and lacked seasoning. The plate of lettuce to wrap the meat is jot quite enough and they don't provide free refills like most other Korean BBQ places so we had to ration. Not a very good experience considering the meat set was $150. The Kimchi fried rice and side dishes were good though. Maybe only worth it for lunch.