in Metro Manila
By Therese Aseoche
Everyone’s mad about samgyeopsal these days — and with good reason! Where else will you be able to enjoy unlimited pork barbeque at an insanely low price? It’s no wonder that Korean barbeque restaurants around the Metro are always teeming with families, barkadas and students looking for a sulit meal to get them through the day. If you’re craving for some good and filling samgyeopsal this weekend, here are our top 8 picks!
75 Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
(+632) 435 05 28 | Facebook
Open every day from 11 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., 5 P.M. to 10 P.M.
Budget for two – PHP 800
When you just want a cheap but filling barbeque, Don Day is the best place to go. Everything is unlimited until they last — the meats, the sides, the appetizers and drinks. Granted, you shouldn’t expect everything to taste as great as those in higher end Korean buffet spots but when your budget is tight and you’re hungry for anything, quality won’t matter that much. Just pay PHP 299 for unli pork (or PHP 399 for unli pork and beef) and you’re guaranteed to leave Don Day with a full and satisfied stomach.
5655 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(+632) 895 95 86
Open every day from 10:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.
Budget for two – PHP 1,200
This hidden gem in the hip neighborhood of Poblacion is a bit hard to locate but is definitely worth hunting down when you want to indulge in Korean barbeque before heading out for drinks. It’s a small, homey place where the owners themselves take your orders and cook them for you. People come here not only for the samgyeopsal but also for the chadolbaki (beef brisket), the restaurant’s best-seller. However, the meat platters are by order and you can only ask for one refill of the side dishes per set. Still, it’s affordable enough to dine at to satisfy your Korean cuisine cravings without having to break the bank.
Soban K-Town Grill
If you’ve eaten at Sariwon, you can expect the same delicious and indulgent taste at its sister restaurant, Soban K-Town Grill. Customers rave about its fresh side dishes, their generous servings, their comparatively cheaper prices than most high-end Korean Barbeques, the cozy atmosphere, and their varied group set menus that are guaranteed to satisfy any hungry warrior.
17 J. Abad Santos Drv. Little Baguio, San Juan City
(+632) 246 90 69 ext:917, (+63) 905 393 4190 | Facebook
Open every day from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., 6 P.M. to 10 P.M.
Budget for two – PHP 700
Also joining the ranks of budget Korean barbeque restaurants is Sodam with its affordable and sulit eat-all-you-can menu. It’s no wonder that hordes of hungry people flock to this place for lunch or dinner. The only meats they serve are pork and beef which taste decent enough to satisfy your appetite. And to go with your meat, you can enjoy the overwhelming variety of side dishes and appetizers at the buffet table. Similar to Don Day, everything is unlimited until you’ve had more than enough to eat — best value for money!