Chomp Chomp move out of the way, SYNC Korean Tapas Bar is here to stay!
12 Maju Avenue recently unveiled its latest offering to the Serangoon Gardens Estate residents, with the launch of a new cosy Korean Tapas Bar under SYNC. The owners got their concept and inspiration from their frequent travels to Korea and it sparked their interests and passion about Korean cuisines.
This Tapas Bar features Korean-inspired tapas by Chefs Edwin Lau and Calista Ong, who are both renowned chefs worldwide. So you can expect mouthwatering Korean-themed seafood, meat and even beef tapas from just $9.90.
What you can expect is traditional Korean food fused together with Singaporean preferences to produce dishes for anyone who wants Korean food with a dash of Singaporean flavour.
Let’s start with the $9.90 tapas menu:
G: The kimchi was too tangy and the ginger taste was too strong for my liking.
J: Spicy and tangy. *thumbs up*
Crackling of Umami Cod Chips 해물과자
G: Taste was savoury and the chips simply melted in the mouth. Though $9.90 is a little expensive for crackers, give this a go because I haven’t tried anything like this before.
J: Fragrant and unstoppable!
Mandu 교자만두 ($9.90)
G: Crispy minced pork & mushroom dumpling that was a little oily, but mushrooms were well-cooked as it was moist and warm inside its fried jacket.
J: Very flavourful and addictive. An excellent tapas with drinks.
G: Deep-fried sweet and spicy chicken bites, ricotta and chilli tempura that was so-so.
J: Spicy tender chicken with enough fats to make it juicy but not overly overpowering.
Moving on to the $10.90 dishes:
Sogogi Jowl 소고기 깻잎쌈
G & J: Char-grilled beef jowl in hoba and garlic confit: the clear winner of the night. Beef cheeks were tender and grilled to perfection. Best combination with soju.
G: Char-grilled pork belly with scallion salad & chilli yuzu dressing. The samgyupsal could be more grilled so that the charred taste would be more obvious. The salad and dressing was a refreshing addition to the dish.
J: Meat was crispy like bacon and the sauce was balanced.
Chicken Paella 닭갈비 빠에야 – $38.90
G & J: Spicy chicken paella with onions, mushrooms, cabbage, sausages and kimchi. The spiciness and sourness levels were somewhat conflicting. A weird combination that did not sit well with us.
Ssam 보쌈 – $40.90
G & J: Tender pork ribs lettuce wrap, bun cucumber and pickles with ssam sauce. Overpriced and average.
Soju Mojito – $9.90
J: A soju with mint leaves cocktail. Refreshing and a unique concoction.
Soju Peach Shot – $7.90
G & J: A basic soju shot (mixed with canned peach juice) with peach slices. Don’t bother.
G & J: Lava cake with vanilla ice-cream, strawberries and lime compote. The yam and matcha version that is served at their other branch at Westgate is preferred, but it is warm and flowy like how a lava cake should be.
Hotteok 호떡- $8.90
G: Pan-fried chewy Korean pancake with banana, tastes as good as it sounds. Do add $1.50 for vanilla ice-cream, to round off the dessert!
J: The sweet pancake had a really nice texture. Somewhat like chewy rice with chunky nuts in there. The caramelized bananas sealed the deal for me.Delicious!
Overall, SYNC Korean Tapas Bar is a good place to check out with friends and to chill. The dishes are unique and a refreshing change from our usual Korean fare. Slightly on the pricey side, but otherwise worth a shot.
Serangoon gardens can be a little inconvenient to get to or leave from, and parking is a pain. To drivers, please refrain from drinking (which can be very challenging) or just don’t drive there at all.
SYNC Korean Tapas Bar
12 Maju Avenue, Serangoon Garden Estate
3pm to 11pm (Sun to Thu)
3pm to 12am (Fri, Sat, PH and eve of PH)
* This is an invited media tasting by Brand Cellar and SYNC.
Average price per pax: about $35
What you should order: Crackling, Sogogi Jowl, Soju Mojito, Hotteok.
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