I derailed my diet plan to try this new Korean restaurant in Bukit Timah and had the softest wagyu I've ever tasted - Mothership.

I derailed my diet plan to try this new Korean restaurant in Bukit Timah and had the softest wagyu I’ve ever tasted – Mothership.

When my colleagues were debating who this article would be assigned to and finally decided on “arrow”, the first thing that came to my mind was “jilatMy diet plan will be disrupted because of this.”

Then again, I’m not someone to give up on free food, so I agreed (temporarily) to stop my weight loss regimen for an honest food review for the masses.

To make sure of the “authenticity” of the food at the restaurant I’m going to visit, I even invited my Korean colleague Saion for a taste test with two of my other colleagues.

Here’s how our experience went.

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Nami Korean Grill House by Hanjip is a Korean grill restaurant started by the team behind Hanjip Korean Grill House located on Clarke Quay.

The restaurant aims as a way to introduce authentic Korean kebabs to other areas of Singapore, and offers a wide range of:

  • Cuts of meat (Kurobuta Berkshire Pork, Australia Wagyu, Usda Prime Beef, etc.)
  • Traditional Korean dishes (chicken ginseng, handmade tofu broth, seafood pancake, naengmyeon, etc.)
  • Seafood items (Korean abalone (jeonbuk), marinated crab (jangjang), marinated shrimp (Saewoojang), etc.)

Inspired by the popular and peaceful island of Nami in South Korea, it is located in the quiet and laid-back neighborhood of Greenwood in Bukit Timah, providing a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The exterior of the restaurant

When we first arrived at the restaurant, a group of friendly staff immediately led us to our seats.

Inside the restaurant

We were told that we would be trying the following dishes during the evening gastronomic session:

  • Korean side dishes (banchan)
    • Fresh kimchi
    • lotus root
    • pickled radish
  • Chicken ginseng soup (samgyetang)
  • Handmade Tofu Broth with Seafood (Haemul Sundubu Jjigae)
  • Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon)
  • Steamed eggs (gyirangim)
  • Marinated Crab (Ganjang Gejang)
  • Marinated Shrimp (Saewoojang)
  • Nami dish 650 g
    • USDA Prime Ribeye (200g)
    • USDA Boneless Short Ribs (150g)
    • Pork belly kurubuta (150 g)
    • Marinated pork collar (150 g)
  • Nami Signatures (650g)
    • Korean Abalone (200 grams)
    • Japanese Wagyu Chunks (150gm)
    • Pork Kurobota (150gm)
    • Marinated pork collar (150 g)

In the beginning was the banchan.

My colleague Berlinda and I felt the lotus root and pickled radish were so addicting, we found ourselves getting the second, third, and fourth help.

banchan

On the other hand, we are told that kimchi is made fresh daily.

Next, we tried the ginseng chicken soup and the handmade tofu soup with seafood.

Chicken ginseng soup

We all unanimously agreed that the handmade tofu broth with seafood was more flavorful than the chicken ginseng broth, although we liked the taste of the Korean ginseng used in the latter.

Handmade tofu broth with seafood

Saeyeon shared that the handmade tofu soup with seafood, which comes with fresh home-made tofu and seafood such as shrimp, mussels, and oysters, was very close to what one would find in an authentic Korean restaurant.

The next dish, the seafood pancake, looked like it was made from a recipe we hadn’t tried before.

This particular variation, where eggs have been added, has a lighter color and a crunchy texture, perfect for those who want to try something different.

Seafood pancake

For the record, the seafood pancake is stir-fried with green onions and a mix of seafood items like shrimp, squid, and more.

This was followed by steamed eggs, which were very thin and had a texture very similar to that of the original Korean.

Steamed eggs

What we were really looking forward to trying, was the marinated raw shrimp and lobster.

Ne-marinated shrimp and un-spiced crab

This was the first time me and Berlinda had tried marinated raw prawns and lobster, and we have to admit, we didn’t quite know what to expect.

To our surprise, both dishes were very fresh with no fishy smell and strong, chewy meat.

Look at the strong, juicy crab meat that bleeds!

The shrimp and crab meat absorb the sauce very gently and pair well with the rice.

Saeyeon also gave these dishes their seal of approval and said they are very close to how they are usually made in Korea.

Last but not least was the highlight of our trip to the restaurant – the meat dishes served by Nami.

Nami Platter (650g), Nami Signatures (650g)

According to the restaurant manager at Nami, their meat is carefully selected to maintain the authentic tradition of providing only the best to the guests.

This was evident with the Australian wagyu we tried, where its softness approached buttery levels.

A5 Wagyu, A5 Japanese Chuck Ribs

The wagyu was tender and juicy, with marbling spread all over the meat to give it a texture that melts in your mouth.

I can safely say it was the softest and tastiest wagyu I’ve ever tasted.

A highlight of Nami’s was the Korean abalone dish, which was extremely rich and delicious, especially when dipped in hot sauce.

Korean abalone

We paired the meat with a variety of Korean drinks the restaurant had on hand, including:

  • Chorong Chorong Soju (comes in five fruity flavors: Green Apple, Green Grape, Lychee, Peach, and Grapefruit)
  • Korean rice wine (Makgeolli)

chorong chorong soju

Chorong Chorong Soju, in particular, was a great companion as it washes the grease out of the meat and cleans our palate.

Did I mention?

One of the great things about Nami Korean Grill House is that they offer a hands-free grilling experience so that all customers can easily enjoy their meals.

Pork belly and pork

We were very impressed with the staff who served us at our table as he was very dedicated and attentive, patiently explaining to us what the different cuts of meat were and how we should eat them.

The way the meat was sliced ​​and cooked, in particular, brings out the individual flavors.

Afterthoughts

Overall, my colleagues and I had a great time at Nami and appreciated the great food and service.

If there was anything I had to adore about the place, it would be the marinated raw and meat dishes.

While on the pricier end, Nami was a great place for festive occasions, or just to hang out for a fancy meal with your loved ones and friends.

Definitely worth disrupting my diet plan.

Promo Chop

Book through Chope and get a free* Wagyu Beef Brisket at S$38, terms and conditions apply.

All you have to do is apply the promotion code namebrisket When you make your Chope reservation and flash this post when ordering.

Note that this promotion is applicable to Nami Korean Grill House social media followers and bookings from Chope only.

*Minimum spend 100++ SGD

how to go

Tabuk: 18 Greenwood Street, Singapore 289212

work hours

  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily
  • Dinner: from 5 pm to 10:30 pm daily

This article sponsored by Nami Korean Grill House allowed this writer to enjoy a delicious dinner for free.

Best pictures via Melanie Lim


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