One Asian cuisine that is making so much noise in the food industry now is Korean food! Undoubtedly one of the most delicious cuisines there is, Koreans have been at the forefront of the food industry with scrumptious dishes such as Korean BBQ (thinly sliced beef or pork strips grilled to mouthwatering perfection), Samgyeopsal (3-layered grilled pork belly) and Bibimbap (dish made up of crispy rice topped with vegetable strips, beef or pork slices and chili paste). Whether you are a foodie or not, it’s hard not to fall in love with one Korean food after another.
Here in the Philippines, locals have also been caught by the Korean fever. Korean restaurants have started to pop out in different locations not just in Metro Manila, but in different parts of the country as well. And lucky you, this list will feature the best K-restaurants there is you should visit! Read on and find out where you should get your next Korean food fix!
Ye Dang Korean BBQ Restaurant
Address: #88 Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City, MM
Call: (02) 636 1461
Ye Dang has been a favorite Korean restaurant for over a decade. Since it first opened its doors in 2006, it has slowly but steadily built its fan base through their simple yet authentic Korean dishes. It was one of the first popular Korean food establishments in the country that promoted Korean BBQ. In this restaurant, you have the option to cook your own meat, grilling it exactly they want you it to be grilled. It’s also a great bonding experience to share with friends, colleagues and families. For an authentic Korean dining experience, Ye Dang is a great place to visit.
Address: Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue cor. 38th St., Taguig City, MM
Call: (02) 946 3733
If you’re living or working nearby Bonifacio Global City, you should know that therein lays a Korean gem. Namoo House is a fairly new restaurant that boasts of super delicious Korean dishes. It’s no wonder this place is packed even during weekdays!
Coming in with a colleague for lunch? Namoo House offers set meals good for 2 for Php888. There is also a special Marinated Set, also good for 2, for Php1,450. This set features marinated short ribs, pork collar and grilled beef Bulgogi. But if you’re stepping in as a group, you can order Namoo House’s Family Meal Sets, which start at Php 2,599. If that is not enough, you’d be glad to know that their side dishes are unlimited! Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?
Sibyullee: Flavors of Seoul
Address: GF, Ayala Malls the 30th, 30th Street, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, MM
Call: (02) 958 6986
Who doesn’t love cheese? And Korean BBQ beef strips dunked in cheese? Well that just sounds evil and delicious at the same time! Inspired by the vibrant street food of Myeongdong and Itaewon’s inventive BBQ scene, Sibyullee was born. The restaurant features Cheese BBQ sets partnered with different types of grilled meat for a different kind of Korean dining experience. A must-try would be their Galbi (pork belly) Cheese BBQ set, which is already good for 2 and is priced at Php1,200. Their Dakgogi Cheese BBQ (Php620) is also quite delicious. Just order an additional cup of rice and you’ll be sure to leave this resto happy and famished!
Not a fan of cheese BBQ sets? Sibyullee also has a delicious line up of original Korean grilled BBQ meats. Try out their Samgyupsal set for 2 (200g pork belly + 200g marinated chicken) or the Woo set for 2 (150g fresh beef belly + 200g pork belly). You would also be glad to know that their side dishes are delicious and unlimited! Get more of that Kimchi, stat!
Hanok Korean Authentic Restaurant
Address: Door 12 Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Bacolod City, Visayas
Call: (034) 704 6137
Living in Visayas and feeling left out from this list? Here’s a Korean resto in the heart of Bacolod that could very well give the first three establishments a run for their money. Hanok Korean Authentic Restaurant is a Negrense fave because of their delicious dishes. When you stop by, be sure to try out their Bibimbap and Galbi Jim (beef short rib stew).
The menu is quite affordable, too! For a couple of diners, Php 1,200 would more than suffice for a hearty meal.
Address: JP Laurel Avenue, Ext. Victoria Plaza Compound, Nicasio Torres Street, Davao City, Mindanao
Call: (082) 224 2238
For expats living in Davao, Seoul Ga is a popular albeit humble dining establishment locals and Koreans have been enjoying. The interiors of this resto may seem unassuming but people have claimed that the best thing about this place is the authentic Korean dishes they prepare. Regulars rave about Seoul Ga’s take on the classic Jjampong and Beef Bulgogi. Also try their Korean fried chicken called Chicken Gangjung, a spicy and sweet take on a classic fave!
There are a ton more Korean restaurants all around the country but the top 5 listed above are just some of the best you should consider stopping by. Check out one of these establishments and you are guaranteed to enjoy a lovely Korean feast!