New Restaurant Alert: Rock & Seoul at SM North EDSA, Quezon City
Have-it-your-way bibimbaps are the feature at this quirky Korean restaurant.
Rock & Seoul
G/F The Block, SM North EDSA, North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) A little bit of rock and a whole lot of s(e)oul, the Relish Group—responsible for bringing in foreign concepts Wee Nam Kee, Osaka Ohsho, and Kumori Bakery—has introduced their first homegrown concept: a quirky Korean bibimbap restaurant.
Rock & Seoul classifies itself as a bibimbap bar, but it isn’t your run-of-the-mill traditional Korean restaurant. Vintage rock 'n' roll vinyl records, vibrant posters of Aerosmith and AC/DC, and old school-rock memorabilia pepper the restaurant’s shelves, giving off a Hard Rock Cafe vibe. It’s difficult not to notice the punny T-shirts on the wall, and we can only hope that Rock & Seoul eventually decides to sell their Bap Street Boys and Tofu Fighters shirts—we’d want one of each, please!
Fun punny shirts
Rock out with some rice and toppings.
But let’s go through the menu. Rock & Seoul encourages diners to be adventurous and try their hand at making their own bap. A Custom Bap (P290) has three steps. First, choose four types of vegetables, which range from button mushrooms to garlic spinach, scallions to pickled cucumbers, and more. The second step has you picking your protein. There’s beef (bulgogi, teriyaki, bistek, beef taco, hamburg, shawarma); pork (salpicao, Korean pork BBQ); chicken (soy garlic chicken, teriyaki, Korean fried chicken); tofu; and mixed seafood. Finally, choose your sauce, which is a variety of flavors from sweet to spicy to nutty—or a mix of everything! Rock & Seoul allows you to get as creative as you want when it comes to customizing your baps—and that’s just part of the fun.
Name your preferred chicken.
We already know that Rock & Seoul isn’t your typical Korean joint, so seeing their World Baps on the menu doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Broaden your horizons and go around the world with some of their signature baps like the crowd favorite, the Mexican Taco (P270). Korean-Mexican fusion is huge, and for good reason. This sizzling platter topped with rice, ground beef, lettuce, chips, a sunny side-up egg, and tortilla chips seems like a regular taco salad at first, but slather on a good heaping of kimchi butter (a delicious blend of kimchi and herbs, made in-house!) and you’ll have flavors so terrific you wouldn’t even question the odd pairing.
Korean Fried Chicken
For a homey, all-American feel, the American Breakfast (P270) is worth a try. The ubiquitous breakfast combination of bacon, hash browns, and sausage comes with a runny sunny side-up egg. Mix in the veggies and throw on an extra helping of their house bap sauce and you’ve got a runaway hit that’s so good, it doesn’t need any explanation. To cater to Filipino palates, there’s the Pork Salpicao (P270) and Bistek (P270), while chicken lovers will go crazy over the Korean Fried Chicken (P260) with its light-as-air, crunchy skin.
These are just a few out of the 15 Signature Baps you can choose from. At Rock & Seoul, you’re encouraged to play around with your food’s flavors. Add a little more sauce or ask for extra butter, if you feel so inclined. Still hungry? Grab the Go Big option and get more meat for P45. Want extra heat? Ask your server to make your bap spicy upon ordering.
Rock & Seoul introduces Filipinos to a fun dining experience amid a slew of too-serious dining. Here, expect to kick back and have a good time with great music and delicious eats. After all, eating out is meant to be enjoyed.
Photos by Hans Fausto