Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Ilmiri @ Circular Road - A Taste of New Creations Showcasing Innovative Approach to Traditional Korean Dishes


Ilmiri, specialising in Korean fusion cuisine, has been making waves in Singapore as its first outlet outside of Korea. Its innovative approach to traditional Korean dishes has garnered attention and praise. Intrigued by its recent menu expansion, we were eager to explore the new offerings.

Mala Jjimdak 1
Mala Jjimdak 4/5

One of their most popular dishes, Jjimdak, now comes in four new flavours: Mala, Jiajang Mala, Rosé, and Mala Rosé. We tried the Mala Jjimdak ($39.90), which reminded us of Mala Xiang Guo! It was nice and savoury with a good kick of spices. The potato slices and glass noodles soaked up the sauce so well that we kept going for more.

Buldak Noodle 1
Buldak Noodle 3.8/5

Another spicy dish is the Buldak Noodle ($22.90) with chicken. The chicken pieces are full of flavour and nicely charred, a great pairing with the spicy noodles. This is a levelled-up Samyang Hot Chicken Ramen for the spice lovers.

Chicken Pancake 1

Chicken Pancake 3
Chicken Pancake 4.2/5

This Chicken Pancake ($17.90) dish surprised us! It's crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Ilmiri does not serve the 'usual' Korean-style pancake, like seafood with leek or kimchi, and we didn't expect chicken to taste so good as a Korean pancake. This is great for sharing or pairing with drinks.

Stir Fried Pork 1
Stir Fried Pork 4/5

Another dish that is great to pair with drinks is the Stir Fried Pork ($28.90). It comes with fresh lettuce and unique white kimchi on the side, which you can wrap together for a good bite. We were told that white kimchi is washed and then stir-fried. It has a char flavour and retains a bit of the vinegarish taste.

Chicken Soup Set

Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup 3.8/5

Chicken Soup Set ($17.90) is very comforting. The soup is very 'clean' and packed with sweetness, served with noodles, rice and banchan. We were told to eat it with noodles first and then rice. Our only qualm is that the chicken slices are a bit dry as they used chicken breast.

Kimchi BBQ Nacho 1

Kimchi BBQ Nacho 3
Kimchi BBQ Nacho 3.5/5

A unique fusion rendition is this Kimchi BBQ Nacho ($24.90) with bulgogi beef or pork, chopped white kimchi, diced tomatoes, nacho cheese and guacamole. The portion is quite big and suitable for sharing, but we wish there were more cheese/sauce to bind the ingredients together. The guacamole is very fresh and flavourful though.

Makgeolli Cocktails 1
Makgeolli Cocktails 3.8/5

Makgeolli, a traditional Korean liquor made with fermenting rice, is now available in cocktail form in flavours such as Honeycomb ($13), Banana, Melon, Grape, and Peach ($15). Our favourite is the Honeycomb one, which boosts the stronger and more profound taste of Makgeolli.

P/S: If you are a fan of the Korean street snack Hotteok, Ilmiri will be rolling this out as a dessert option. We tried it first-hand during this tasting, and it was a sweet ending.

Photos and words by Jaslyn. An avid cook who lives to eat and travel for food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

25/26 Circular Road
Singapore 049381
Tel: +65 8468 8566
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11.30am - 11pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm – 11pm

1) Alight at Raffles MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk straight to Circular Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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