Today I’m going to be sharing what is arguably my favourite Korean barbeque restaurant in Johor Bahru. With delicious meat options and service (lettuce, kimchi among others), you will definitely be in for an excellent meal!
Is it Halal?
No, this is a place that serves pork. It is a non-halal Korean restaurant.
Where it Is
It is in Johor Bahru’s very own City Square! What I’ll recommend would be just to go to the third floor and explore a little bit for yourself. It is located on the side of the mall with Legend of Tea and Llao Llao, so I suggest looking out for those two shops. Bornga is located right behind (or basically in that corner of the mall.
Address: Unit MF-23, Level 3, Johor Bahru City Square Shopping Mall 106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm daily (No rest days)
They divide the restaurant into a BBQ section and a non-BBQ section, so do keep this in mind before you go in! I guess they do it more to segregate the different smells. Me and my girlfriend went for a few BBQ options, so we set in the BBQ section.
What it Costs
This place is not that cheap of an option. What I’ll say is that we were VERY hungry going into this meal, which explains how ridiculously expensive this meal came up to be. From what I remember, this meal came up to RM132.25. For TWO PEOPLE. Just keep this in mind.
With that in mind, I think you can get better value for money almost ANYWHERE else.
They offer their signature Woo Samyup (beef belly, which is actually pretty rare) for RM52 - which is pretty pricey, but what I’ll say is that the taste is really good! Barbeque-wise, we also had a portion of what I believe was their samgyupsal (pork belly) and that came in at RM35. It is worth noting that this is another one of those Korean restaurants whereby you can only order BBQ if you order at LEAST 2 portions.
The only other thing is the Bibimbap, and that was around RM20. So, how did it end up costing RM132.25 (if you do the maths, what I’ve said so far is RM107). Ultimately, the rest of the cost comes in the form of 2 green teas and the service charge and all that jazz. So, if you want to save money here, don’t order the BBQ is pretty much the message I’m trying to get through to you guys.
What I will say is that their lunch sets are actually REALLY worth it. I can’t really find any information online about it, but I will be sure to update on this page once I’m able to scour it out.
How it Tastes
The meats actually look and taste really good. I mean, I will give you 2 arguments really. If you’re from Singapore, and you’re converting, it is actually ridiculously cheap for what you are converting. If you are from Malaysia, and you’re looking at RM52, you can eat a lot more - maybe not a lot tastier - but a lot more elsewhere for RM52.
Both of them are actually pretty good. For the sake of coming to this restaurant in particular, I think it would be a shame not to eat the beef belly, because it isn’t actually all to common elsewhere, and it actually does taste pretty darn good.
The bibimbap is actually REALLY good. I don’t really like bibimbaps when they try to do too much with it. But this one feels authentic, clean tasting and basically a nice blend of all the ingredients coming together. A really nice bibimbap, which must be said.
I think what you’re getting from this meal is also the assortment of vegetables! Lettuce, carrots, you name it, they’ve got quite a lot of them to eat with your meats!
This is definitely a place to go in a group. EXPENSIVE, but pretty darn tasty, so make sure to share a few things and enjoy yourself!
7.5/10. Definitely in my top 3 Korean restaurants in Johor Bahru. The way I feel is that you pay a premium for some quality food!