Try the mouth-watering barbecue scenes from your favorite Korean dramas. You don’t have to go to South Korea just to have your own affordable unlimited samgyupsal party!
As an avid Korean drama viewer, there are a lot of things common with various Korean dramas across genres. There will always be scenes where the protagonists are in a restaurant grilling meat and drinking either beer or soju (Korean rice wine), like a mother preparing a lettuce wrap for her son, or a couple drinking out and grilling their food. These delicious-looking Korean dishes ignite people’s curiosity.
Remember that scene in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo? The gang was having a Samgyupsal party. Samgyupsal means pork belly barbecue in Korean. It is common in Korea to have barbecue restaurant where customers cook their own food, especially during winter season. It’s perfect to pair it with ice cold beer or soju. It’s kind of equivalent to our local Sizzling Sisig and beer combination here in the country.
You don’t have to go far off just to have a taste of samgyupsal. Korean restaurants are everywhere all over the Metro, and chances are, there are some near you. Great food in affordable prices? Sign me up!
We compiled some of the best samgyupsal places in Metro Manila under P500 that offer great quality meals in cheap prices.
For sure, Samgyupsalamat rings a bell to Korean food lovers around Metro Manila, especially to college students. This resto serves unlimited BBQ happy hour for two types of meat. This comes with side dishes, rice and soup. Dine at 11 am to 3 pm for Lunch and 3 pm until closing for dinner.
Check out their branches and the store hours on their Facebook page.
6. Hwa Ro Ro
Feel as if you’re transported to Korea with Hwa Ro Ro’s samgyupsal. The restaurant is simple-looking, it’s not for those who look for a great ambiance. BUT, they lend you traditional Korean Clothes (hanbok). They also have a backdrop of a Korean Palace for a SoKor feels. Hwa Ro Ro is for the hungry people who won’t back down to their buffet. You should also look forward to their DIY bibimbap station aside from their samgyupsal. Avail their Korean food buffet for P299 and Korean food and grill barbecue buffet for P399.
Their stores are open daily from 11am to 12 mn. Drop by at their stores at Kalayaan Plaza, 89 Kalayaan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City; 76 Tobias St. South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
With the same owners of the renowned joint Mak Chang, Manila’s Hwangso-Ga serves its customers with a more generous meat selection, banchan, vegetables and soup. Plus, they now have their own bibimbap station! For only P399 for lunch, and P499 for dinner, you can now have your samgyupsal feast.
Drop by their restaurant at 1547 M. Adriatico St., cor. Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila. Their store opens daily at 11 am to 3pm and 5pm to 10 pm.
If you’re looking for a homey feel when you eat your samgyupsal, Matgalne’s the one for you. With their welcoming interiors, you’ll surely feel at home and pig out on the top-quality meat. They use portable stove griller so you have a control of what you want on your table. Savor noodles on their DIY Janchiguksu section too.
Check their Facebook page for available branches near you.
3. LeAnn’s Tea House
Looking for a go-to place for meat lovers? LeAnn’s Tea House got you, fam! Diets are not taken seriously there. Savor the unlimited samgyup, and woo gyup (beef belly) with your favorite Korean dishes for P349 and P449 respectively.
Visit them at 105-R Mother Ignacia cor. Sct. Madrinan St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City on Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 2pm, 6 pm to 10 pm; Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm
A hidden gem in a narrow street in Little Baguio is Sodam. It is famous for Korean cuisine lovers and definitely a must-try! Enjoy your grilling experience because the servers are really attentive to your needs. Various meats are also served on your table, orderly-stacked on wooden trays. Hot and cold dishes are also constantly filled so you won’t have to worry and just enjoy pigging out. Their lunch buffet is P319 on weekdays and P349 for dinner and weekends.
Sodam is located at 17J Abad Santos Drive, Little Baguio, San Juan City. They are open daily from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm to 10 pm.
1. Don Day
As one of the cheapest buffet restaurants in the Metro, Don Day serves its customers traditional Korean dishes in just under 500 pesos. Their lunch buffet starts at P399 per head for unlimited pork barbecue, and P499 per head on weekdays.
Visit their restaurant at Sunshine Boulevard Plaza, Quezon Ave. cor. Sct. Santiago St., South Triangle, Q.C and their another branch at 75 Kalayaan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City.
Feel like you’re in your favorite Korean drama and enjoy quality samgyupsal even on a budget with these affordable samgyupsal places in Metro Manila. Join in the hype with the savory taste of samgyupsal!
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