SYNC Korean Food Bistro
It’s almost towards the end of January and we’ve been busy hunting down for yummy food places in the city. We’ve been hitting the more popular locations such as Somerset, Bugis and the Tanjong Pagar district for more centralized eateries, but today, let’s check out a humble outlet found in the West area. Westies, it’s time to unite!
SYNC Korean Fusion Bistro
3 Gateway Drive, #03-01
Mon – Fri: 11:00am – 11:00pm, Sat – Sun: 11:00am – 12:00am
Nearest Station: Jurong East
Introducing SYNC to you, a new-age Korean cuisine restaurant serving your favorite Korean food with a twist, in a casual, chic, open area environment with natural winds. We stopped by this quaint café for a quick dinner, not only because of the reasonably priced menu items but also the peaceful atmosphere on a weekday night that we loved. Unlike usual Korean restaurants that cultivate the hustle and bustle of a busy food street in Korea, SYNC offers a more relaxing, laid-back setting, along with soft K-pop music in the background and warm, night lights to add to the entire context.
One can catch the latest K-dramas on two of the huge wide screened TVs, or play with the newest Samsung gadgets! SYNC aims to be a dining arena that gels the togetherness of food, drinks, technology and lifestyle all in one. In addition, SYNC extends a helping hand of convenience for families and parents with kids, with the built-in children’s corner as well as an alfresco bar.
Now, we’ve come to another important question – How do the menu items at SYNC fair? Feast on re-invented Korean dishes like kimchi cheese fries, hot piping K-pot stew, and the best-in-town white chocolate taro/match lava cake. Best of all, no service charge! Hence, although there was a slight delay in customer service, the staff were friendly and always available to offer help. In the meantime while waiting for your orders, feel free to use their free WiFi services available in the outlet!
We looked through the variety of affordable food items on the menu, and decided to settle for a few chef recommendations. Each table has a menu checklist, all you need to do is fill it in with the necessary quantities and your preference for level of spice. Ice water is self-serviced and you may help yourselves with a thirst quencher at the counter.
Gamja Tuikim (kimchi cheese fries), $6.9
One of the first dishes that stolen our attention on the starters menu was no doubt the Gamja Tuikim, also known as fries topped with kimchi and nacho cheese. Only priced at $6.9, this dish offered a really delectable taste of kimchi that didn’t taste very pungent like usual kimchi do, just a slightly subtle taste that still enables the customer to savour the flavor. Fries were a little crispy on the outside.
Samgyupsal Ssal (pork belly rice), $13.9
A chef’s recommendation, we loved the warm, sauteed spicy pork belly strips that tasted as equally delicious and chewy as it sounds. Along with a soft half boiled egg, sliced onions, scallion, pickles, seasonable vegetables (that tasted pleasingly salty), fragrant corn bits and steamed short grain rice, it’s one of the mains you should give a try.
Another chef’s recommendation would be the all-time popular dish from Korea, which is none other than the Bibimbap. A hot bowl of steamed, short grain rice with seasonable fresh vegetables, soft boiled egg, crunchy carrots, chewy mushrooms and gochujang, it’s definitely the healthier choice for people who prefer a better diet. Comes with spicy sauce. You may also add on soy chicken or bulgogi beef at additional $2.5 for extra meat.
Hwaiteu Chokollis Taro Lava Cake, $8.9
Of course, how can we forget about the highly raved lava cake at SYNC Korean fusion bistro? A white chocolate infused taro lava cake with cornflake crumbles and topped off with a refreshing scoop of taro ice cream, it just leaves people craving for more each time. As a customer with a sweet tooth, I highly recommend this dish to anyone out there who shares a similar appetite as I do. Apart from being appetizing, it also serves as an interesting and unique dish that combines the flavor of a warm lava cake with stick taro lava and yet cold ice cream to go along. Skin of the lava cake was surprisingly sweet and moist!
In fact, you may also find SYNC Korean food bistro at their second outlet at 12 Maju Lane, Serangoon Garden Estate, with its own menu. It’s an outlet that serves up Korean-inspired cocktails and tapas from $9.9 onwards! In fact, for the outlet at Westgate as visited above, SYNC offers a 10% discount on ala-carte food items and non-alcoholic beverages for customers who upload a photo of their Facebook or Instagram platforms, with a check-in, follow, and tag @syncbitstro from now until 29th February 2016.
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