With this, Sarang will lead the Korean dining trend away from smoky BBQ houses and bring to Singaporeans a new dining experience which incorporates classic favourites and contemporary Korean-fusion additions including tapas and cocktail selections.
It is easy to fall in love with the new interior of Sarang. The newly revamped outdoor terrace beckons to visitors with a cosy and relaxed atmosphere, its calm ambience enhanced out by soft lighting, soothing music and a clever touch of greenery. Simplicity is key here as maple wooden floors, tables and benches deck the outdoor terrace, lined with intimate booths that overlook bustling Orchard Road. Temperate trees and a green wall lend a natural setting to the bistro, complete with a breezy al fresco feel. If one looks carefully, there is also quirky selection of chairs cleverly weaved into otherwise uniformed rattan seats, a sure conversation-starter for the delighted customer.
Along with the physical overhaul, Sarang continues to excite Singapore diners with Head Chef YY’s new creations, reflecting an in-depth understanding of the Singaporean palate while preserving traditional Korean elements close to heart. A first in Singapore, the new introduction of classic and modern tapas on Sarang’s menu brings to customers familiar favourites that are incredibly authentic in taste, but presented in a fresh plating concept.
Having worked in Singapore for more than four years, and in larger kitchens including Lotte Hotel in Seoul, Chef YY has infused Western and Japanese influences into new dishes such as French-influenced Ginseng Chicken Terrine - terrine made with spring chicken, dates, ginseng, garlic, and ginseng broth, as well as the Okonomiyaki-style Scallion Pancake – a Japanese-inspired soft and chewy scallion pancake drizzled with teriyaki sauce and mayonnaise. Other must-try options include the Spoon Pizza – an oven-baked pizza gratin that invites diners to eat their pizzas in an unusual way, and the all-new BBBB (Big Bang Bulgogi Burger) with tender-grilled bulgogi beef served on a lightly toasted bun, a Western interpretation of the classic Bulgogi served with rice. Korean beer aficionados will welcome the Sarang Nachos – appetizing beer snacks served with marinated beef, jalapeno, olives and homemade bulgogi sauce.
These dishes, while unique to Sarang, take reference from the districts of Gangnam, Itaewon, Hongdae and Sinchon in Seoul. Korean tapas are best paired with Sarang’s signature cocktails, made with Soju or Makgeolli. Korean cocktails, being lighter in their alcohol notes, are best paired with fresh fruits and puree to deliver a sweet and smooth finish. Hugely popular among locals in Korea, these cocktails are available in a range of flavours including Strawberry, Lychee, Kiwi, Watermelon, Lemon, Yuzu and Mango. Other distinctive choices include the Makgeolli Mojito – an innovative take to the classic Mojito and the Makgeolli Sprite – an understated Makgeolli and Sprite mix that is surprisingly refreshing.
“I have only one goal in mind when I created the menu,” said Chef Jung Yun Yur, Head Chef of Sarang, “Through our new menu, I hope that Sarang can be the place for my diners to take a break from their hectic schedules, relax and hang out. It’s almost like a food spa, perhaps, where one can satisfy his stomach and revitalise. With increasing emphasis on a wholesome dining experience, Sarang’s transformation aims to continue leading Korean restaurant trends by bringing the complete experience of dining in contemporary bistros in Gangnam, to Singapore.”
On top of the new additions to the menu, Sarang has also preserved some of its classic favourites. Although given a makeover in their plating, these classic favourites have retained the authentic flavours which make many Koreans fondly reminisce of home. Diners can look forward to some of these traditional hits, including the hearty Oxtail Soup – a light herbal concoction with sliced beef tenders and delectable oxtail bones, as well as the Sarang Sizzling Bibimbap – classic bibimbap served on a hotpan with sautéed vegetables, marinated beef, fried egg and a generous serving of homemade spicy chili sauce. Another popular classic dish is the Army Stew – Kimchi, ham, pork, sausages and assorted vegetables served in a spicy Kimchi broth. The Army Stew originated during the Korean War. Due to the scarcity of food, people made use of surplus rations from army bases such as hot dogs and canned ham as ingredients in a spicy soup base flavoured with red chili paste and Kimchi.
The new Sarang bistro is an establishment under the Gusttimo World Group, featuring a 56-seats indoor area and a 70-seats alfresco area. A bar at the alfresco area offers a wide array of international as well as Korean liquors. Sarang is located at 181 Orchard Road, #07-01 Orchard Central and opens 12pm to 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 12pm to 11pm from Friday to Saturday. More information about the restaurant can be found at its Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sarangrestaurant.