KPop has been invading the Philippines and the world for a couple of years now especially in music, fashion and of course food.
Many korean bbq restaurants are popping everywhere, even here in the south. Value for money, since these restaurants are usually unlimited meat and side dishes is really maximized here.
Korean barbecue (고기구이, gogi-gui, “meat roast”) refers to the popular method in Korean cuisine of grilling meat, typically beef, pork, or chicken. Such dishes are often prepared on gas or charcoal grills built into the dining table itself. Some Korean restaurants that do not have built-in grills provide customers with portable stoves for diners to use at their tables. Alternatively, a chef uses a centrally displayed grill to prepare dishes to order.
The most representative form of gogi-gui is bulgogi, usually made from thinly sliced marinated beef sirloin or tenderloin. Another popular form is galbi, made from marinated beef short ribs. However, gogi-gui also includes many other kinds of marinated and unmarinated meat dishes, and can be divided into several categories. Korean barbecue is popular among Koreans, but has also gained popularity worldwide.
From wikipedia (haha sorry for the lame reference)
I can only speak for korean bbq restaurants patterned from korea. Here in the Philippines, customers or group of customers are seated on a table with a smokeless grill.
Customers are also served with side dishes, usually kimchi, korean omelette (gaeran mari), radish dishes, soup and lettuce. However, in the Philippines, some restaurants also serve rice as part of the side dish.
Meat (beef or pork), along with the side dishes are usually “unlimited” or “eat-all-you-can”. Left overs are usually not allowed.
Comparisons of restaurants
Here in bf paranaque, I have tried three samgyupsalamat places: aladin, samgyupsalamat and singsing.
Aladdin is one of the first samgyupsal places in BF. My boyfriend and I usually goes here since the other one is always full and we don’t have chairs to sit on. This restaurant is a bit pricey, at P 399 and as far as I can remember unli pork. In Aladdin, their unlimited side dishes are served buffet style unlike others where they would serve it to you. Aladin has the most variety of side dishes out of those that I tried. It’s a bonus that they also have unlimited drinks (unlimited iced tea).
restaurant details: 335 Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, 1720 Metro Manila (in front of robinson’s supermarket)
Singsing is the most popular one in BF as of the moment due to it’s affordable price. Unli pork is at P299 while P399 when you want to have beef as well. They serve meat two plates at a time while lettuce has a limit of 2-4 rounds (I can’t recall, it’s been a while since I last ate here). I think the side dishes are all unlimited. They serve gaeran mari, lettuce, kimchi and radish along with the meat.
In singsing, you’ll have the option to sit on a table and chair or for larger groups, you have an option to have the korean table setup with a low table and sitting on the floor. however, SingSing doesn’t have the exhaust thing aladdin and samgyupsalamat has so you’ll surely smell like grill after you enjoy eating here.
restaurant details: 268 – A Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, 1720 Metro Manila
Samgyupsalamat recently opened a branch in BF paranaque but they have been operating for a while now with multiple branches mostly up north (around Quezon City) and Makati. So far, this is the best among the three that I have tried. Aside from having unlimited side dishes (rice included), they also have the most variety of meat. They charge P399 for pork unli set while P499 for pork and beef unli set. I enjoyed that they have marinated variants aside from the plain ones. Among the three, they have the best tasting meat, not to mention that I enjoyed the ambiance as well since the tables aren’t as close to each other.
Manila Kapitan Tikong Branch : 0977 842 3427
Manila Leon Guinto Branch : coming soon
Makati Jupiter Branch : 0915 725 4034
Quezon Banawe Branch : coming soon
Century City Mall Branch: coming soon
Aguirre BF Homes Branch: coming soon
Here’s a vlog when my friends and I tried samgyupsalamat when they opened a branch in aguirre, bf homes, paranaque
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