The first-ever Korean Tapas Bar has opened here in Singapore!
SYNC’s first outlet (Korean bistro) at Westgate even made it to Burpple’s Hot 100 in October 2014. SYNC then expanded and opened a second outlet with a brand new concept as a Korean Tapas Bar.
I was curious to find out how a Korean-inspired Tapas menu would be like and so I attended their media tasting session earlier this month.
Nestled in Maju Avenue, Serangoon Garden estate, SYNC Korean Tapas Bar offers a cosy environment in a modern industrial setting. Entertainment include Korean MTVs, drama and Korean Jazz music. Pretty much a chill-out vide which gels well with the surroundings.
An interesting Korean-inspired Tapas bar menu with both spicy and non-spicy and even kid-friendly options. They are also looking into expanding their menu to provide lunch and weekend brunch menu items.
A great snack to munch on is the Crackling ($9.90), which is umami cod chips. Lightly salted, this crisp snack will pair well with beer and drinks.
The Dak-Kangjung ($9,90), was a sinful comfort food of deep-fried sweet & spicy chicken bites, ricotta and chilli tempura. Pretty addictive though I had wished that the chicken meat had a bigger bite to it than the batter.
I quite enjoyed the char-grilled pork with shiso leaf. (I got the pork version as I cannot take beef, their usual menu serves the Sogogi Jowl ($10.90) char-grilled beef jowl in hoba and garlic confit).
The Ssam ($40.60), tender pork ribs with lettuce and the all familiar mantou soft buns, ssam sauce was finger licking good. But the serving was a little small so be pretty that you might need to order more than just this dish if you plan to share.
My favourite was the dessert (haha – knowing me!) The Hotteok ($8.90) was a pretty generous serving of pan-fried Korean pancakes with banana foster. You can also $1.50 for a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. I love the outer crisp of the pan-fried pancakes with the chewy insides with the crunchy peanut bits. A dessert that will satistfy sweet tooth.
One interesting dessert was their Misugaru ($8.90) whivh is misugaru lava cake with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and lime compote. Misugaru is actually a type of grain powder, made from 7 to 10 types of different grains and is known for its healthy benefits. Well.. the lava cake tasted.. grainy. Not surprising in view of the ingredients. If you like the fragrance of the grains, or want to try something new, this might be something you will enjoy.
I heard that this is a love-hate type of dish :)
SYNC Korean Tapas Bar
Address: 12 Maju Avenue, Serangoon Garden Estate
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm (Mon, Wed, Thur) | 11am-12am (Fri-Sun) | *Closed on Tuesdays