One McKinley Place, 4th corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
Tel. No. 846-3424
Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays
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(SPOT.ph) After the infiltration of froyo, milk tea, and macarons on our list of restaurants du jour comes a new invasion: Korean chicken. And just when we thought we had enough of that succulently sweet soy glaze, we discovered Smoper Chicken, a new fastfood joint smack in the middle of the corporate end of Bonifacio Global City.
Smoper Chicken has 800 branches in South Korea, but here, at the moment at least, only one is attempting to rise above the nonstop mushrooming of rival brands. But despite the ubiquity of competition, diners flock to Smoper in droves; all willing to spend an extra 20 minutes of their lunch break just to wait for a seat (a sacrifice we normally reserve for the highest end of restaurants and not fastfood joints, where the alternatives are endless).
Chicken, of course, takes centerstage. Customers can choose from wing, drumstick, thigh, or breast; regular, large, or family pack; spicy, original, or soy garlic. Noticeably larger than the average chicken plate, Smoper’s is a meaty rendition with crisp yet juicy skin lathered with mildly spicy seasoning. The sauce, made with smoked peppers (hence the name "Smoper") tastes a tad familiar, but this one soaks through the meat, keeping the flavors bright with every bite. For a quick meal, opt for the combos and pair your chicken with either rice (P95 to P140)-SPOT.ph recommended-or fries (P125 to P150). Other sidings like pickled radish (P45) and chicken skin (P75) are also available.
To break the monotony of poultry, the Beef Bulgogi ala carte (P150) is a savory setup perfect for two. The strong salty flavors work well with a cup of japonica rice. Smoper Chicken also offers Fish Sticks which is a steal at P165 for four hefty pieces.
Reminiscent of another famous fastfood dessert, Pinoys would love the Patbingsoo (P150), sweet Korean halo-halo made with crushed ice, assorted fruit, beans, chunks of rice cake, and Raisinets-like chocolate pieces topped with a scoop of ice cream. The size is daunting, especially after a few pieces of chicken, so best share it with a friend.
Though it opened in April, with nary a fancy campaign nor a promotion, Smoper remains under the radar. But the invasion’s just starting. With its growing number of followers and spot-on flavors, we expect it won’t be long before it captures Metro Manila-and its palate.