(SPOT.ph) If we’re talking about K-barbecue joints in the Metro, Pasig has got to be one of the best cities to find great Korean cuisine. And you definitely won’t find a shortage of Korean eats here, whether you’re in Kapitolyo or Ortigas. On this list, we round up the best ones to add to your checklist—you never know when the meaty cravings will hit!
Hidden on the second floor of a condominium in Ortigas CBD, Matgalne is popular for their unlimited grilled offerings. And like many Korean restos in the Metro, the diner boasts a homey atmosphere and excellent customer service. The place can get terribly packed on weekends, but don’t worry because they allow reservations! Buffet rates start at just P449—a great deal considering their wide variety of proteins—so hurry up and book that table.
Matgalne is at 2/F Millennium Place Building, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
Here’s another Korean-buffet joint where you'll get a lot of bang for your buck, but keep your eyes peeled because Lee Hak’s entrance is easy to miss. You know you’ve reached the restaurant when you see two big and old-fashioned wooden doors that seem misplaced amid a modern, concrete building. Once you step inside, you can immediately tell what’s cooking—K-barbecue! For less than P400, you can sample their Unlimited BBQ Buffet, which includes all-time favorite meat selections like samgyupsal and chadolbagi, as well as eat-all-you-can sides such as lettuce, spicy kimchi, and japchae.
Lee Hak is at 2/F Pioneer Center Supermart, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Inspired by the hip neighborhoods of Itaewon and Myeongdong, Sibyullee is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Manila. Besides taking the typical interiors up a notch, their dishes are sure to impress. Menu highlights like the Samgyupsal (P400/200g) and Dak Galbi (P380/200g) flaunt freshness and superb quality—a steal if you think about the restaurant’s affordable price points. If you want to mix your orders up with something less traditional, the super cheesy Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice (P499) is a perpetual crowd favorite.
Sibyullee is at G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
It’s safe to say that Masil is already a Pasig institution when it comes to straightforward Korean cuisine. Now with two branches in the city, the restaurant is known for their set menus, which often come with a variety of meats and dishes like galbisal, samgyupsal, and chadolbagi, Korean pancakes, jjigae (or stew), japchae, and steaming white rice. It’s best to come with friends because their servings are generous. Meanwhile, looking for a parking space will be the least of your concerns since both branches have plenty of space.
Masil has branches at Oranbo Drive, Pasig City and Tiendesitas, Pasig City.
Yeongyang Hansik is the newest kid on the block. Located at Madison Commons Food Park in Kapitolyo, the restaurant might also be the smallest. But what they might lack in seating capacity, they make up for with their flavorful, traditional Korean dishes. What’s particularly amazing about this low-key K-barbecue joint is that they offer their Samgyupsal (P380/classic, P410/other flavors) and Usamgeop (P439/classic, (P465/other flavors) or beef in seven (yes, seven!) flavors including classic, sweet and spicy, soy garlic, herbs, curry, teriyaki, and honey glazed. They even have Dakgalbi (P649) or barbecued chicken, which you can dip in hot and gooey cheese.
Yeongyang Hansik is at Madison Commons, Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
This Pasig mainstay is one of the more popular K-grill restaurants in the city. Although parking can be a challenge here, Ye Dang serves some of the best barbecues in the Metro—choose from any of their marinated meats like Galbi (P350) or beef short ribs, Donsam (P350) or thinly sliced pork belly, Galbisal (P450) or U.S. beef rib fingers, among others. Each grilled-meat platter comes with either rice or lettuce, and a lot of banchan, so better come with an empty tummy.
Ye Dang is at Gold Park Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
Jumong Korean BBQ
What’s a Korean restaurant without good, homemade kimchi? Apart from their wide assortment of dishes, Jumong also has some excellent kimchi, which pairs perfectly with their meaty barbecues. If you want to try out a bestseller, the So Galbisal (P400) or boneless beef rib is a sublime choice, featuring tender slivers of beef marinated in their signature sweet-spicy dressing. You’ll be planning another visit before you even you finish your meal!
Jumong Korean BBQ is at G/F Pearl Plaza, Pearl Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City.
Jang Ga Nae
Korean-barbecue eateries are all too common nowadays that only a few can really stand out. Jang Ga Nae might be one of them—this underrated restaurant prides itself in using real charcoal grills to give their meats an extra smoky kick. Don’t miss the classic Samgyupsal (P330), which is served with unlimited sides and freshly brewed tea. The restaurant’s ventilation is a tad bit weak here, so you might want to reconsider making plans after lunch—that’s if you’re fine with smelling like a greasy mess.
Jang Ga Nae is at 8137 Plaza Ortigas, Jose Escriva Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City.
If you’re familiar with Big Mama’s Poblacion and BF Homes branches, you might have already heard of their famous Korean-style fried chicken and hearty stews. This Pasig haunt has the same cozy charm and menu as its predecessors. Their Daeji Bilback (P350) or pork with rich bulgogi sauce is best eaten with plain rice and kimchi. Best part? Their sides are refillable!
Big Mama is at Renaissance Plaza Compound, Ugong, Pasig City.
All4u Unlimited Grill & Shabu Shabu
This Korean buffet is all about giving K-barbecue and shabu-shabu fanatics a good time. You can have both for only P599 if you’re feeling fickle and can’t decide what to get. While you’re here, you can also load up on their unlimited fresh shrimp, samgyupsal, and chadolbagi, which come in easy-to-cook, thinly sliced morsels. Here’s a tip for newbies: Don’t forget to ask for your free Melona ice cream before heading out.
All4u Unlimited Grill & Shabu Shabu is at 2/F SM City East Ortigas, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Pasig City.