Monday, October 5, 2020

[Tasting] I'M KIM Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu @ Grantral Mall

First things first. Where in the world is Grantral Mall? Its address will lead most grab or cab to Clementi Mall. Not too far off, but not correct also. Now, knowing the bearings, alight at Clementi MRT Station, and once you've exited, move towards the left and away from the Clementi Bus Interchange (or away from McDonalds). After walking a few metres from Clementi mall, you'd come across a small junction or road between Clementi Mall and Grantral Mall and you'd notice another smallish building with steps leading to a sign that says "Grantral Mall". The signage is in blue.

Grantral Mall side view (the sushi shop is most noticeable once you are near enough)

Here's the YT video on the direction from I'M KIM website:

I'll admit that I didn't watch the direction video and hence, I was lost for about 5 minutes because I've headed towards Clementi Mall instead of the other direction, and had to seek direction from the helpful staff at the Bus Interchange.

Once in Grantral Mall, just head up to Level 2 and the restaurant large signage makes it easily locate-able.

There is a 90-minutes dining per seating and the 'buffet' table closes at 3pm and 10pm respectively for lunch and dinner.

Although it is 'buffet-style', due to current situation, the restaurant is offering table-service to get the 'buffet' item to the diners. All we have to do, is just to tick-off in the order sheet and hand it over to the friendly staff. They'll bring the items to the table for you. No need to get up from our table!


order sheet

pencil holder

I was late, so my group had ordered a bunch of items. I was like whispering to them to ask if we had ordered one of each because it seemed like we had!

table-full of stuffs

While I had tried I'M KIM at SOTA, the concept here at Grantral Mall, is that this outlet not only offers BBQ, it has Shabu Shabu as well. Nice! For the shabu pot, diner could opt for miso or sukiyaki base. We opted for sukiyaki.

in goes the sukiyaki broth for shabu shabu

dipping sauces - ssamjang, goma, thai chili and thousand island

assorted side dishes

While waiting for the BBQ and Shabu Shabu to cook, one could indulge in their cooked food, especially the fried chicken wings!

Korean Chicken Wings



Thirsty? There is an ongoing promo of "BUY 2 GET 1 FREE ALCOHOLIC DRINKS!" its Grantral Mall, SOTA and *SCAPE outlets. Do note that the free item has to be of lower value than the paid items.

Buy 2 Get 1 Free Alcoholic Drinks Promo

Hite beer


Let's check how's the food doing, shall we?

ready, get set, go

turning up the heat

vegetable pot looking good

some chicken slices to shabu shabu 샤브샤브

ready to eat

The thin slices of meat cooks easily and quickly in the shabu pot, and the mixture of corn, mushrooms and seafood (prawns, mussels, clams, squid) added to the flavour.

marinated meats for BBQ

BBQ grill action

yummy black pepper chicken 후추 치킨

cheers to friendship and yummy food in our belly

make your own ssam 쌈

can't get enough of delicious meats 김치 삼겹살

The friendly staff would drop by once in a while to help change the grill paper or, if necessary, the grill plate. The sukiyaki broth would also be topped up periodically.

Overall, an enjoyable experience albeit a little hurriedly at the beginning. I felt so pampered with the buffet dishes delivered to the table. We were mindful to not over order and it was a good idea to order enough to start, and then to top up once we had cooked and eaten most of the lot.

reasonable price

Promotions at Grantral Mall Outlet:

  • Students and NSFs Promo (Until 31st October 2020) Valid Student Pass or NSF card to be eligible. Minimum 3 pax to dine. Mon-Fri Lunch: $11.9++ (UP: $16.9++) Sat-Sun Lunch & Mon-Thu Dinner: $20.9++ (UP: $26.9++)
  • 4+1 Free Promo (Until 31st Oct 2020): 1 pax dines free with every 4 full-paying pax. Valid for Sat-Sun Lunch & Sun-Thu Dinner. Have to reserve seats online and use promo code ‘4PLUS1’.
  • Early Dinner Promo (Until 31st Oct 2020) $19.90++ Sun-Thu Dinner. To enjoy the promo, dining time will be 5.30pm-7pm. Have to reserve seats online and use promo code ‘EARLY’. Minimum 3 pax to dine.
  • Healthcare Workers (Until 31st Oct 2020) 20% OFF Mon-Sun Lunch & Sun-Thu Dinner. Have to flash Healthcare Staff pass to be eligible.

Terms and conditions apply. Do enquire from the outlet itself.

Thank you Adrian and Kingdom Food Group for hosting the lunch, as well as a shout out to the friendly service crew at I'M KIM Korean BBQ and Shabu Shabu.

I'M KIM Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu @ Grantral Mall

Address: 3151 Commonwealth Ave West Singapore 129581


Contact:  +65 62611936

Business Hours:

Weekday: 11.30am – 4.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm

Buffet Counter closes at 3.00pm & 10.00pm respectively

Weekend/PH: 11.30am – 3.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm 

Buffet Counter closes at 3.00pm & 10.00pm respectively 


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