While you’re still saving up for your trip to South Korea, take a gastronomic trip around Makati’s Koreatown for a taste of what you can expect when you finally set foot on K-Pop land.
Here are 5 Korean restaurants you must try:
- Kaya Korean Restaurant
One of the pioneer Korean restaurants in the country, Kaya Korean Restaurant started introducing the flavorful Korean dishes to Filipino taste buds back in 1993. Some of their best sellers are Bulgogi Salad, which has tender beef on top of lettuce and thinly sliced radish and apples; Kaya Modeumjeon or assorted pan-fried seafood and vegetables; tender LA Galbi (marinated short ribs) and Kalbi Jim or beef stew
Location: 62 Jupiter Street Bel-Air, Makati
- Seoul Galbi
Seoul Galbi is the place to go to satisfy your cravings for authentic Korean barbecue. Their specialties include Samgyeopsal, Seng Galbi or non-marinated beef ribs, Gimbap Tteokbokki (Korean sushi and stir-fried rice cakes) and Sundubu-jjigae (soft tofu stew with pork). For something with a kick, try Bul dak-Galbi or marinated chicken in chili paste.
Location: 5362 General Luna Street, Poblacion, Makati
Jumong is for the night owls who get late night cravings for Korean food. Choose from their Korean barbecue selections like Chadolbaki (sliced beef), Yukhoe (beef sashimi) and Sodeugsim (rib eye).
Location: Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
- Korea Garden Restaurant
Another pioneering Korean restaurant in the country, Korea Garden Restaurant began operations in 1974 and has a popular dining spot among families since then. Some of its bestsellers include Pajeon (onion pancake), Bibimbap, Chicken Barbecue and Squid Bulgogi.
Location: 128 Jupiter St, Bel Air, Makati
- Top Dish
A popular hole-in-the-wall Korean restaurant, Top Dish is best known for its Korean-style fried chicken. You can also try other chicken dishes like Yangnoum Chicken (sweet and spicy) and Sutbul Sogumgui (charcoal grilled chicken)
4940 Durban corner P. Burgos Streets, Poblacion, Makati City