(SPOT.ph) Admit it, it’s difficult to stick to a low-fat diet (or any kind of diet for that matter) these days. It doesn't help when even watching your favorite K-drama series makes your mouth water! Whether or not you're into all things Korean, there's no denying that the Metro is filled with reliable and affordable Korean joints, where one of the highlights would be the Korean barbecue—thinly sliced grilled pork or beef that’s charred to perfection.
We’ve rounded up some of the Metro’s well-loved K-barbecue places that are not only known for their scrumptious and unlimited Korean barbecue, but also their wallet-friendly menus.
Where can you get samgyupsal under P500? Here are some spots to check out:
*Updated on July 12, 2018 with new prices.
Don Day is among the cheapest buffet restaurants in the Metro. Here, you don’t have to wait until your next paycheck to sample traditional Korean dishes as a mere P500 will go a long way. Don Day’s weekday lunch buffet starts at P399 per person and P499 per person on weekdays and weekends where you can grill as much pork as you can handle. They also have an assortment of side vegetables, kimchi, and soup so prepare to ruin your diet!
Don Day is at Sunshine Boulevard Plaza, Quezon Avenue Corner Scout Santiago Street, South Triangle, Quezon City; and 75 Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
Leann’s Tea House
Quezon City is loaded with Korean groceries and barbecue places. Take, for example, Leann’s Tea House, where dieting is never taken seriously. Stop by this restaurant for a protein-packed lunch—their Unli-Samgyupsal (pork belly) can go as low as P349 while the Samgyupsal with Woo Samgyup (beef belly) is priced at just P449. What a steal!
Leann’s Tea House is at 105-R Mother Ignacia corner Scout Madrinan Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Many Pasig residents consider Matgalne the solution to all their perennial Korean-barbecue cravings. This hole-in-the-wall is tucked on the second floor of an office building in the Ortigas CBD. The restaurant is often jam-packed but you’ll understand why once you sit down for a meal. Try to catch their weekday lunch promos where they offer bottomless Samgyupsal and Chadolbagi (beef short plate) (P449) if you're on a limited budget.
Matgalne is at 2/F Milllenium Place, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; and 4768 Kalayaan Avenue corner Mariano Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
O Ga Ne
Popular for their accommodating staff and wallet-friendly prices, O Ga Ne is one of the best K-barbecue places in the Tomas Morato area. Parking your vehicle will also be a non-issue as the restaurant has plenty of space for that. Pork lovers will have a good time here as customers have the option to upgrade their Samgyupsal to unlimited for only P365. Each serving comes with a cup of steaming white rice and refillable banchan or side dishes. Pro tip: You can ask the waiter to grill the meat for you if you’re feeling lazy!
O Ga Ne is at 303 Tomas Morato Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.
There’s something about Samgyupsalamat that makes you want to go back again and again. Could it be the bright, inviting vibe that makes you feel you’re in your favorite K-drama series? Or is it their large pork cuts that are perfect whenever you’re in the mood to pig out? Go there during your lunch break, when you can get unlimited servings of Samgyupsal and Samgyupsal & Chadolbagi for only P399 and P449, respectively. You'd shell out a bit more at dinner time, but bottomless orders will still be under P500!
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This Korean barbecue place is ideal for night owls as it's open until the wee hours of the morning—or 4 a.m. in their Kalayaan Avenue branch to be exact. Offering a wide range of meat choices and cuts, HwaRoRo is any Quezon City-dweller’s go-to joint after a night of drinking to sober up. Korean food fans rave about the restaurant’s homey vibe and straightforward buffet choices where you can Grill-All-You-Want for only P399.
HwaRoRo is at G/F Kalayaan Plaza, 89 Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City; and 76 Scout Tobias Street, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Add this restaurant to your Korean barbecue repertoire if you want a laid-back grilling experience. Situated along Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes residents are a frequent sight here because of its no-frills dishes and unlimited Samgyupsal (P299). Shell out another P81 to add some Chadolbagi if you want a bit of variety. Apart from that, people also visit Sing Sing to buy choice cuts of pork and beef because it doubles as a meatshop!
Sing Sing is at 268-A Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
We guarantee that no one steps out Sodam’s doors feeling unsatisfied—this little nook in San Juan promises big flavors for people with tightened purse strings. Customers can try their all-you-can-eat pork and beef offerings for P329 during weekday lunches, P379 for weekday dinners, and P399 for weekend dinner meals. Besides that, Sodam also has non-barbecue options such as Bulgogi and Korean-style chicken!
Sodam is at 17 J. Abad Santos Drive, Little Baguio, San Juan City.
Don’t forget to try out Lee Hak if you happen to find yourself in Kapitolyo as buffet prices here won't hurt the bank. Weekday (Monday to Thursday) lunches are your best bet here when you don’t feel like splurging. For P399, customers get to sample Lee Hak’s varied menu, from budae-jjigae (kimchi and vegetables in beef broth) to All-You-Can-Eat-Meat! Choose from over 30 items on the buffet table, and if that isn’t enough, have some freshly brewed coffee after your meal.
Lee Hak is at Pioneer Center Supermart, Pioneer Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Mega Buffet Restaurant (P350)
This Korean-Japanese diner in Parañaque is every Asian foodie’s haven. The quality of their grilled meats are as superb as the diversity of their menu choices. Mega Buffet Restaurant serves sushi, shabu-shabu, and unlimited Samgyupsal and Woo Samgyup (P450/lunch, P490/dinner) at affordable price points. Bring your friends!
Mega Buffet Restaurant is at 335 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.