Finally, a Korean restaurant that doesn’t specialise in BBQ, and it isn’t run by your typical kindly ajumma (Korean speak for auntie) either – Boat Quay’s Namu, which means tree, is owned by three men (they crossed paths at financial firm JP Morgan) who are convinced that Korean cuisine has been misrepresented in Singapore. We’re not protesting, of course, not when the modern three-storey shophouse space (there’s even a 30-capacity bar on the top floor) serves up beautifully-plated starters like the jijimi platter ($14) and Namu’s signature jap che, Korean glass noodles ($20), as well as Western-influenced mains such as the beef bulgogi pastry, ribeye fillet with paprika, cranberries and red wine reduction ($38) and jim dak, a modern take on chicken pot stew ($38). Seoul-bred, Cordon-bleu trained head chef Elly Lim, 33, hasn’t forgotten the classics though, albeit with a unique twist – think a traditional bibimbap that contains multi-grain rice and salad greens ($24) and Namu’s caramelised chicken, chicken thighs coated in various types of nuts and a sweet and spicy sauce ($24).
70 Boat Quay
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11.45am-10pm , Sat 6pm-10pm|