90 Minutes: Experience a Unique Korean Hotpot Concept Right Here!

Written by Katherine

February 8, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

In our search for a lunch spot after paying our respects at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, we stumbled upon 90 Minutes on Google Maps. The unique concept of a tteokbokki hotpot buffet caught our attention and we decided to give it a try. Come along with me as I share our dining experience at 90 Minutes! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

90 Minutes, Not Your Typical Korean Restaurant

We reached 90 Minutes around 2.30 PM on a weekday. We were not expecting a lot of people typically during this time. However, to our surprise, about half of the restaurant was filled with people, mainly youngsters. That was when it hit us that the close proximity to a lot of schools in the area might be why we see so many youngsters. Another reason why 90 Minutes seems to be so popular among youngsters might be the affordable buffet price, at SGD 14.90 (before taxes) per pax.

The exterior and pricing of 90 Minutes

Besides having a few tables of youngsters, we also saw a few tables of couples. The overall vibe in the restaurant made it perfect for casual meals or gatherings with friends and families. ♡(。- ω -)

Tteokbokki Hotpot Buffet with Optional Add-Ons

Once we got seated, the staff asked for our preferred hotpot sauce as well as drinks. We chose the 90Mins The Best sauce as it was highly recommended. And it turned out to be a good decision! It made the hotpot spicy but not too spicy that it would burn your mouth and stomach. (´• ω •`)ノ

The drink is free flow but you can only choose one drink as it is served in a big container. The drink was SO MUCH that it lasted us through the whole meal without any top-ups. If you decide to have a more premium meal, you can also opt for some add-ons such as the cheese ring, beef shabu and alcohol.

The table setup and a chart displaying the instructions and what other things you can get at 90 Minutes

Wide Variety of Food, Inspired by Korean Army Stew

There was quite a good variety of food that was included in the buffet price. The food items offered are usually those that you might typically find in a Korean army stew, which in this case is how 90 Minutes came about. The owner mentioned that he loves Korean army stew. But more often than not, there are some ingredients that he didn’t like in the army stew. As such, an idea came to him to create a restaurant that offers customers the choice of having their preferred ingredients in the stew instead of a fixed set of ingredients. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

The buffet bar and the interior of 90 Minutes

My favourite from the food selection was the eomuk skewer. Having watched numerous Korean variety shows has left me wanting to try this snack for the longest time. So I was so happy to finally be able to taste it here! \(★ω★)/ Since it is a tteokbokki hotpot buffet restaurant, you would also be expecting a free flow of tteokbokki to eat to your heart’s content. There are different types of tteokbokki and our favourite was the cheese one.

Some of the food selection we added to our hotpot at 90 Minutes

Besides raw food for your hotpot, there was also a small section of twigim (fried food) and I was so happy to finally get my hands on gimmari! Gimmari is basically a deep-fried seaweed roll with seasoned glass noodles wrapped inside it. If you ever watched the Korean Englishman, you would realise that a lot of them rave about gimmari and it was our wish to try it someday. And that day was at 90 Minutes and it DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. I honestly think I could have a lot of gimmari. Haha! Do try to dip it in your hotpot sauce to elevate the taste of the gimmari, though I think it was already fantastic by itself. (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

The fried food section at the buffet bar of 90 Minutes

DO NOT MISS OUT on the Fried Rice!

After two rounds of refilling our food, our tummies were filled. But we didn’t want to miss out on trying the fried rice as well. This was also something that we always came across on Korean variety shows. They would fry the rice in the pot/hot plate with the leftover sauce to create some really yummy fried rice. I was going between having or not having the fried rice when the owner asked if we wanted to try their fried rice. We mentioned that we were really full and could only accept one portion of rice. He mentioned that is the portion they would serve since a lot of customers would be full by the end of the meal. So we decided to accept the offer! ( ´ ω ` )

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The owner proceeded to serve our table as we were the only ones left in the restaurant. Also, most of the staff was taking a break. He removed most of the soup from the hotpot before pouring in the rice. He then proceeds to mix the rice with our leftover kimchi and the remaining sauce. The portion was just right and it was DELISH! The fried rice was full of umami and was made with just the right amount of crispiness at the bottom. There was also a good amount of wok hei to the rice. He told us he would usually serve it this way while his staff’s fried rice has less wok hei. But he said we can always request from the staff so don’t say I never told you that! ٩(。•́‿•̀。)۶

The delicious fried rice and a look at the interior again at 90 Minutes

Overall Experience at 90 Minutes

We truly enjoy our meal at 90 Minutes. The service was fantastic, and the owner was really friendly as well. It is always nice to be able to talk to the owner to find out about the restaurant and its history. His candidness also made it so enjoyable for us when we talked to him while he was frying our rice. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

I highly recommend this place for gatherings. It is also good for those on a date who want a more casual setting to enjoy each other’s company. Based on reviews, it seems that it is recommended to make a reservation if you are heading there during peak hours. We were there during the off-peak hour but still called ahead to see if we needed to make a reservation. So yep, do drop by during the off-peak hour if you want to avoid the crowd! (´ ε ` )♡

Information about 90 Minutes

UPDATE (OCTOBER 2023)

90 Minutes now has a 1-for-1 Promo on the 11th of every month! Don’t say I never share with you the good deal, and go check out this amazing restaurant now! (☆ω☆)

90 MINUTES

⏰ Opening Hours: 10.30 AM – 11.00 PM
☎️ Phone Number/Reservation: +65 6957 7778

You can find out more about 90 Minutes here:
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