New Restaurant Alert: Gen Korean BBQ at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay
Voracious meat eaters will have a field day at this restaurant.
Gen Korean BBQ
Building J, Unit 1-16, SM By the Bay, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Open from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday to Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) There are all-you-can-eat barbecue places and then there’s Gen Korean BBQ. This chain from Los Angeles is, to cop a term from millennials, “extra AF”. Their first Philippine branch (
The menu will blow your mind, with over 30 different kinds of cuts to choose from, plus soup and classic Korean dishes. The banchan, beef, pork, and chicken are shipped from the U.S. The only exception is the seafood, which they get locally. “One thing that’s important to us is that the experience is consistent,” says David. “So if you eat here, and then you fly to California and then you eat in Gen there, it’ll be the exact same food.”
Grilling Premium Chadol
For P798/per person during lunch time (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and P1,288/per person during dinner (3 p.m. to 12 a.m.), you get two hours of feasting, where you can order a steady stream of whatever you want from the menu. It can get incredibly overwhelming especially if you’re new to the experience. You can start with simple, no-fail cuts like the fresh Premium Chadol or thinly-sliced beef brisket, which comes to your table resembling a blossoming flower. The brisket strips are incredibly tender especially when eaten fresh off the grill. The beef is mildly seasoned to let the smoky char shine through, but you can control the flavor with three different kinds of dipping sauce: sesame oil with salt, matcha salt, or a bulgogi sauce. If you want something a little richer, have the Woo Beasal, or beef belly with generous slivers of fat.
Gen Premium Steak
You could also go all out, and treat yourself to steak. At Gen Korean BBQ, you can get a top blade cut when you order Gen Premium Steak. Your server will grill and salt the steak to your liking, and each bite has bits of melt-in-your-mouth fat that make it indulgent.
Red Wine Samgyubsal on the Grill
If you’re a K-barbecue regular, you’ve most likely had
Honey Chicken on the Grill
If you're not in the mood for beef or pork, you can opt to have chicken. The Honey Chicken is sweet with hints of garlic, and it’s so tender and juicy it’ll melt in your mouth.
The incredible variety on Gen's menu already makes them a cut above the rest but David shares that the Gen Korean BBQ experience isn’t just about the food; it’s also about the service. “I encourage our servers to talk to the guests,” he says. “Yes we want to be professional, and yes we want to a certain extent maybe not be so casual, but at the same time I prefer when there's a personal relationship.” He shares that at some of their branches in the U.S., there are diners who would wait longer in line just so they could stay in the area of their favorite server. “It’s like getting served by a friend,” says David. It isn’t an experience you’d typically get at restaurants as big as Gen, but if there’s one thing this restaurant is, it’s over-the-top and beyond the usual, from the food to the service, in the best way possible.
Photos by Jilson Tiu