We decided to visit the new mall Star Vista to celebrate my friend birthday. She picked Bornga 본가 as it is a new Restaurant to try and we both loved Korean food.
Bornga is a famous Korean BBQ Restaurant chain by renowned celebrity Chef Jong Won Paik. This is the 1st time it opened in Singapore and the 13th Restaurant outside Korea.
We had high expectation of the food. We were directed to a table for 2 by the glass wall with a view looking outside the Restaurant. The table had a gas stove built into it. Looking at the menu, we realized they served mainly beef items. This limit my choice of food which I could order as I do not take beef. I am actually a fan of Korean BBQ and was disappointed that I could only order the Belly Pork and they do not have chicken.
They also required us to order 2 portions of Belly Pork. Since there is only 2 of us, we could only order 1 other dish which is seafood pancake.Ssamcheban (Vegetables Wrap)
Different vegetables leaves were served on a long tray and looked pretty impressive. See photo below :
The Vegetables consist of different colors lettuces, cabbages, spinach, carrot sticks and a few large green chilies. It was fresh and crisp and the portion was too much for 2 paxs.
Free Sides Dishes
As most Korean place, we were served with free sides. We were given 4 sides dishes such as Shredded Leeks, a cold Kimchi Soup, Radish Kimchi & Lettuces Salad. It is mostly vegetables which I am not a fan.
I only like the spicy Radish Kimchi which was shredded in thin slice and has a spicy kick. I would prefer the usual stewed potatoes, anchovy, braised egg which is served at other Korean place.
Cold Kimchi Soup
The raw pork belly was sliced thick, the server came and help us to grill leaving us free to enjoy our meal instead of worry about the food getting burn.
Raw Belly Pork
After grilling one portion of the pork belly, they actually change the grilling metal plate and put a new grilling plate ready for the next session of grilling. They remembered to come back and help us grilled the remaining pork belly. Service was good as they actually attend to the grilling. My pork turn out nicely grilled and was not burnt. The only problem was I found the pork bland in taste by itself as it was only seasoned lightly with salt. You have to dipped it in the accompanying sauces. We were given sesame oil with salt, WooSamGyup & raw garlic.
Our clothes did not smell after the meal as there were hardly any smoke during grilling.
Belly Pork on Griller
Our Seafood Pancake look like small version of the a Pizza has it is served in a Pizza Pan. I found the pizza soft on the inside with lots of seafood and not crispy on the outside. I found this a bit bland too and had to dipped into the Korean sauce for extra taste. For people who do not take salt or have light taste buds than this may suit you.
Omija Tea 오미자 차
t the end of the meal we were served with this icy cold Omija Tea 오미자 차 (Schisandra Berry Tea)
. This is my favourite among the items I had taken in this Restaurant. It is a cordial drink make from berries. It has a refreshing, not too sour taste which wake up the taste buds and is nice end to the meal. I wish I know where I can buy this drink.
Prices are quite high as the total bill came to $70 for 2 paxs. It will be too expensive for regular lunch for people working in the area. If you are fan of Beef, and prefer light taste, than this maybe a place for you. This place is not for me as a I love Korean BBQ but do not eat beef, so there is not much choice of BBQ meat for me and I do not like the all Vegetarian sides dishes which I was served.
Date of Visit: Jan 14, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately $35(Lunch)Other Ratings: