New Restaurant Alert: Namoo House Premium Korean Barbeque at Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio
If you have a beef with meat, this is the place to deal with it.
Namoo House Premium Korean Barbeque
Uptown Parade, 38th Street corner 11th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio
Contact: 946-3733, 0917-527-3898
Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Maple Tree, famous for its premium Korean barbecue, has expanded from its native South Korea to open its first ever international branch in the Philippines. Established as Namoo House, it’s the latest Korean offering in Uptown Parade. Jun Park and Paul Hong opened Maple Tree in 2005 in a small quaint house in the Samchong-dong district in Seoul.
And, indeed, excellent is the experience as Maple Tree House operates on a three-fold commitment to its customers: menu, design, and service. The founders flew in and were pretty much hands-on during the establishment of their Manila branch. “Over the past several years, we have had many customers from the Philippines who have really enjoyed their experiences in our various stores. We realized that there is great interest in our concept and when we met our now-partner from the Philippines, we felt that we could start a great partnership, and introduce our concept successfully in Uptown Parade. In short, the interest, timing, and partner in the Philippines was perfect to launch Namoo House,” Park explains.
The restaurant’s décor is contemporary—industrial with its clean lines, varied textures, and exposed exhaust pipes and a wall of green soju bottles. Yet it has managed to exude warmth, thanks to its neutral palette and natural elements. But more than anything, it’s the well-edited menu which offers only the best choices in Korean cuisine that makes dining at Namoo House a great experience.
Aged USDA Prime Striploin
Must-try dishes at this Korean barbecue restaurant are of course, their meats. Order the Aged USDA Prime Striploin (P795/150 grams), a well-marbled chunk of beef aged for two weeks to enhance its flavor and tenderness. It’s not marinated so as to not distract from its luscious natural flavor. But do dip it in salt with sesame oil to give it added dimension.
Kurobuta Pork Belly
Then there’s the Marinated Boneless Short Ribs (P750/150 grams), made tender with pineapple and pear marinade. For some porky goodness, have some Kurobuta Pork Belly (P595/150 grams). Regarded as one of the best types of pork there is, this black pork is imported directly from Japan and grilled over smoky charcoal right at your table.
Stone Bowl Bibimbap
Bean Paste Stew
Special Jumbo Beef Rib Soup
An Asian meal wouldn’t be complete without some rice and noodles. Go ahead and order the Stone Bowl Bibimbap (P395) and enjoy the toasted rice goodness at the bottom of the pot. Want veggies? Have some Bean Paste Stew (P195/small, P350/large) which is basically fermented beans stewed with an assortment of vegetables. To cleanse your palate from those flavors, give in to a pot of Special Jumbo Beef Rib Soup (P475). It is a large slab of beef back ribs boiled for hours, very much like our very own nilaga.
Whether you're already a fan of Korean food or just a big meat eater, Namoo House has filling and flavorful dishes to take your taste buds on an exciting adventure.
Photos by Coni Tejada