CHECK IT OUT: Bulgogi Brothers’ New Lunch Sets
Say annyeong in the afternoons with these lunch sets.
Level 3, Greenbelt 5, Makati City
Tel. Nos. 621-6216, 621-5289
Open from Sundays to Thursdays 11:00am - 10:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am - 11:00pm
(SPOT.ph) As it turns out, there's a lot more to Korean food than just kimchi. The mind reels as you think about the various combinations of meats and sauces that go into this cuisine, slowly becoming as ubiquitous as the celebrities that hail from Hallyu-wood.
Bulgogi Brothers has been around for quite some time, but they gave us three new reasons to drop by for lunch with their new Lunch Sets for Two. Available from 11:00 am - 3:00pm on weekdays, the three kinds of lunch sets feature new menu items, plus some crowd favorites.
We'll start with our favorite, the Gwang Yang Set (P995). It comes with their Gwang Yang style bulgogi, japchae and haemul pajon. For those unfamiliar with the dish, haemul pajon is a Korean-style seafood pancake, more like an omelet than anything else. Topped with green onions and yummy seafood, the pancake looks a lot like a very small pizza when served up. But upon taking a bite, you can tell that you just tasted something unique. The pajon has a bit of crunch, and the seafood stood out among the sea of vegetables. But the star of this set is Gwang Yang style bulgogi. Cooked with fresh, tangy vegetables and with a sweet seasoning just before the meat was grilled, the bulgogi was flavorful and sweet, but not too overwhelming. The sesame leaves and green onions suited the lean meat well.
We were also lucky enough to try the Seoul Style Set (P995), which included a hearty serving of their Seoul Style bulgogi, japchae and their new offering, Chicken Neongchae. Seoul Style Bulgogi is a nest of sliced beef hidden beneath a bowl of vegetables and noodles. Everything comes to life when cooked with a fragrant broth made from fruits and onions. The broth itself is packed with more flavor than the beef, which is soft and pliable. Our vote for this set it the Chichen Neongchae, artfully arranged on a platter as a salad. Their oriental dressing is not too tart or sweet, giving the more flavor to the marinated chicken on the dish itself. The vegetables are crunchy and fresh, too.
If you were looking to explore Seoul without leaving Manila, here's your chance. Pardon the pun, but there's just something soulful about the dishes in these lunch sets that had us feeling energized and rearing to go for the afternoon.
Bulgogi Brothers is also located at the New Wing in Alabang Town Center. Watch out for the opening of its newest branch in SM Mall of Asia soon. Photos courtesy of Bulgogi Brothers.