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10 Best Korean Restaurants In Manila

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by capslocked, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. South Korea has been a hot tourist destination for us Please or Register to view linkslately. Aside from it being an excuse to wear fashionista winter clothes and take pictures to post up on our Instagram accounts (#humblebrag), we fly out because of its food we’ve been seeing and hearing so much about. We may not have taste buds built for the spiciness of this cuisine, but we’ve learned to become masochists and have come to enjoy Korea’s fiery staple dishes.

    But while you’re still saving up for that plane ticket, here are 10 of Metro Manila’s best Korean restaurants according to looloo reviews. Take this as a practice run and check all of them off the list! Get eating!

    10. Minsok RestaurantAverage Rating: 4.30/5.00
    If there’s anything that makes Minsok a hidden gem, it’s the fact that it’s located away from the malls and in an area popularly known as “Backwell”, a portmanteau that describes where it’s located – at the back of Rockwell. Once found, most reviewers return to have more of what they describe as authentic Korean food at very reasonable prices.

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    And because not many people know about this hole in the wall, it makes for a “nice little discovery” that one can easily put under their list of underrated restaurants in the metro. Their Samgyupsal is pretty popular but if you’re looking for something different, their Jiggae (Korean stew) also comes highly recommended.

    Please or Register to view links can be found at 5655 Don Pedro St., Poblacion, Makati.

    9. Bulgogi BrothersAverage Rating: 4.06/5.00
    Bulgogi, which literally translates to “fire meat,” is prepared by shredding beef, marinating the strips in sweet soy sauce, and grilling them to a perfect char. This ubiquitous dish has been around in Korea for over thousands of years now and has inevitably been adapted by fast food chains there, hence the existence of bulgogi hamburgers and pizzas.

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    In 2011, a restaurant from South Korea found its way here and introduced us to the craze. Bulgogi Brothers serves up numerous variations of the dish, along with other famous Korean sides and entrees. On looloo, the Korean Pork Ribs Bulgogi is a hit for its succulent meat marinated in sweet-spicy sauce. The Unyang Style Bulgogi, made from chuck eye roll cuts of beef shaped into perfect hearts, is another popular choice.

    Please or Register to view links has several branches all over the metro.

    8. Makchang Korean RestaurantAverage Rating: 4.31/5.00
    In Korea, it’s easy to identify a good grill restaurant when you spot one. Lively chatter punctuated by shouts for more servings, tables covered in bowls and plates of food, and air that constantly smells of barbecued meat are the usual signs. Makchang is one such restaurant, and fortunately for us, it’s found in Ermita, Manila.

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    Just like any authentic Korean place, it uses a charcoal grill to cook its meat. As explained by Stephie Karen K. on her Please or Register to view links, the charcoal enables the grill to reach higher temperatures, allowing for better charring and flavoring of the beef or pork strips.

    At Makchang, you get endless barbecue possibilities but their bestsellers are the Beef Galbi, which are marinated short ribs and the Samgyeopsal, thin cuts of pork belly. The best way to eat them is to wrap them up in lettuce along with a dollop of kimchi ssamjang sauce.

    Please or Register to view links can be found at Adriatico St. cor. Pedro Gil St., Malate and at Hobbies of Asia, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay.

    7. Kim N’ ChiAverage Rating: 4.34/5.00
    Kim N’ Chi is for the difficult days when your wallet’s low on cash but your stomach’s begging you to feed it good food. An easy favorite among the stalls in the Glorietta 4 food court, this restaurant is known for its ability to whip up meals that not only satisfy cravings for Korean flavors but also leave Filipinos with karpintero appetites feeling full.

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    On looloo, reviewers have deemed the Beef Bulgogi Omu Rice as a great bang for the buck order. For a mere ₱119, you get a heaping mound of rice and a generous helping of the sweet and salty marinated beef. Gonzalo G. said on his Please or Register to view links that as a big boy with a big appetite, the serving was large even for him. Other popular items on their vast menu are the Bibimbap, Squid Bulgogi, and Japchae.

    Please or Register to view links has mall branches all over the metro.

    6. Sam Won GardenAverage Rating: 4.32/5.00
    There is delicious news for the people of the South! There’s no need to endure hours of Manila traffic to get your fill of Korean barbecue because along Aguirre street is Sam Won Garden and it’s made to cure hankerings for meat. With its humble looks, it may not be the most attractive restaurant among the growing number of food spots in Parañaque, but that doesn’t seem to stop people from flocking the place and leaving with bigger, satisfied bellies.

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    For a homey Korean experience, you have the option to kick off your shoes here and sit cross-legged on the floor. Once comfortable, you can then let the meat festivities begin with platters like the Samwon Teukwoo (US Angus Beef), Usamgyup (Grilled Beef Belly), and Donsam (Grilled Thin Pork Belly). For more variety, order up their main dishes too like the Dolsot Bibimbap, Galbitang (Beef Short Ribs Soup), and Tenjang Chigae (Hot Pot of Soybean Paste).

    Please or Register to view links can be found at Aguirre Ave. cor. J. Ramirez St., BF Homes, Parañaque.

    5. Masil Korean Charcoal Grill RestaurantAverage Rating: 4.53/5.00
    Being that it is a charcoal grill restaurant, the tendency here is to sit entranced as cuts after cuts of beef and pork get flipped over and over again in front of you. But challenge yourself to take a break from the charred meat and order the Korean dishes that are usually overshadowed by the glistening strips of barbecue. At Masil, their painstakingly cooked entrees deserve space in your stomach too!

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    The Galbi Jjim, also known as Korean Beef Stew, is often eaten on special occasions, but you can have this dish anytime at Masil. According to Charlotte Mae L. on her Please or Register to view links, it’s fall-off-the-bone tender and very tasty with hints of sweetness. If you’re a fan of spicy soup, you need to get the bowls of Kimchi Chigae and Sundubu Chigae here. Expect to sweat buckets but the addicting heat will make you want to keep on slurping. Their Dolsot Bibimbap is also a popular order, loved for the vibrant colors and freshness of the vegetables.

    Please or Register to view links can be found at 100 Oranbo Drive, Pasig.

    4. Korea Garden RestaurantAverage Rating: 4.47/5.00
    This one’s an oldie but a goodie. It was in 1952 when Kim Chung Ae (now known as Fideliza Florez) left her hometown in South Korea and moved to the Philippines to marry the love of her life. She brought along her passion for cooking with her and introduced our palates to her homeland’s unique flavors, which our taste buds quickly took to. Korea Garden was the country’s pioneer in Korean cuisine and us foodies are forever grateful for it!

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    Korea Garden has been consistently good with its food over the years. Loyal customers keep coming back especially for its Nakchi Bogum, a dish made up of tenderly-cooked octopus made to swim in a red chili-based sauce. The octopus is said to be the softest you’ll ever have in your life! Their Korean Beef Stew is another no-fail pick here, with the same sweet flavor and succulent meat it has had since the beginning.

    Please or Register to view links can be found at 128 Jupiter St., Jupiter, Makati.

    3. Sariwon Korean BarbecueAverage Rating: 4.31/5.00
    And so the Korean food invasion continues! But who’s complaining? Sariwon is the most famous bulgogi chain in South Korea and by some stroke of luck, they picked Metro Manila to house their first international branch.

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    The woman we owe all the deliciousness to is the legendary Mrs. Bun-Im Koo who developed Sariwon’s secret bulgogi marinade in 1938. Her recipe eventually got discovered by food critics who deemed it as the best they’ve ever tasted. As the only restaurant to serve bulgogi and galbi in this one-of-a-kind sauce, we Filipinos certainly can’t help but feel a little special that Sariwon is here in the country.

    For the ultimate Sariwon experience, be sure to get an order of the Seng Galbi, premium USDA choice beef short ribs, and the Deungsim Yangnyeom Bulgogi, USDA beef slices marinated in honey. And yes, you can knock yourselves out with the banchan because every dish is refillable!

    Please or Register to view linkscan be found at Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Ave. cor. 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and at Greenhills Promenade, Annapolis St. cor. Missouri St., Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan.

    2. Ye DangAverage Rating: 4.33/5.00
    You know a Korean restaurant in the Philippines is legit when you feel like a foreigner in your own country! With the large groups of Koreans who frequent this restaurant, we feel almost out of place at Ye Dang, but this shouldn’t stop us from getting our fix of authentic Korean food. We could even take dining here as a cultural immersion of sorts and learn a bit more about our Southeast Asian neighbors.

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    Ye Dang has all the popular Korean dishes we could ever crave for. If you’re going for the grilled meats, be sure to pair them with a refreshing bowl of their Bibimbap loaded with different kinds of vegetables and mushrooms. Other favorites you can’t miss are the Japchae (stir-fried starch noodles with vegetables and beef) and the Tteokbokki (rice cakes in sweet red chili sauce).

    If you’re feeling more adventurous and would like to go beyond the usuals, an order of the Yook Hoe will help you step out of your comfort zone. This dish of of raw egg and beef atop a bed of turnips is seasoned with various spices and sauces and will make you feel like a true Korean!

    Please or Register to view links can be found at Goldpark Center, 88 Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig.

    1. Jang Ga NaeAverage Rating: 4.41/5.00
    As creatures of habit, we tend to stick to the food places we’ve tried and tested countless times. And Jang Ga Nae seems to be the restaurant that everyone keeps going back to when cravings for Korean food arise. Loyal customer Mikko F. said on her Please or Register to view links that she’s been eating here at least once a month for the past 2 years! Even if you come with same group of people and order the same set of food each time, Jang Ga Nae never gets old with its big servings, bold flavors, and welcoming atmosphere.

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    Jang Ga Nae is owned and managed by Koreans and most often than not, the place is packed with Koreans, a testament to the authenticity of the dishes here. They have a wide array of house specialties and some of them are the Jap Che, Mul Neng Myun (cold noodles in beef soup), and Sun Du Bu Jjige (soft tofu spicy stew). If you’re in the mood to grill away, you can’t go wrong with orders of their Wu Sam Kyup (beef belly), Sam Kyup Sal (pork belly), and Cha Dol Bagi (thin slices of beef).

    Please or Register to view links can be found at 8137 Plaza, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig and at Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque.
     
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