Again, another Korean food joint that set my heart all a-flutter.
Located just a stone’s throw away (if the stone couldn’t get far because you have a particularly limp arm) from my office, the newly opened Oh My Korean Grill and Chimaek resto features an arresting light pine and dark wood facade and industrial minimalist interiors with some K-pop accents. Since it’s newly opened, it doesn’t that greasy-smoky smell that seem to permeate other Korean grill joints, and worse, gets transferred to your clothes by the time you leave the restaurant.
Chimaek, in case you’re wondering, is a portmanteau of “chiken” and “maekju,” the Korean word for “beer.” So chimaek simply means “chicken and beer,” probably a good idea for harassed office workers at the end of a stressful day.
It’s not a good idea, however, for office workers out on their lunch break.
So, together with a couple of friends, I ordered the following:
- Samyeopsal (Php250). Thick, fatty slices of pork belly meat.
- Chadolbegi (Php300). Thinly slice beef brisket
- Plain rice for each of us
While the meats were being grilled at the next table (thankfully, so that our group won’t smell like barbecue when we get back to the office), we were served soup and banchan, side dishes, of kimchi, soy potatoes and dried anchovies.
Once cooked, I wrapped some bits of the meats – seasoned with salted sesame oil and soybean paste, together with some rice and thin slice of raw garlic, in the lettuce leaves provided. To add some kick to each bite, I added some of the spicy kimchi inside the wrap.
The service was quick and efficient, and the staff were warm, polite and helpful. I’m looking forward to trying out its other offerings, particularly those with cheese: the Cheese Kimchi Bokkeumbap (kimchi fried rice with cheese and veggies) and the Cheesy Ramyun (Korean ramen with a twist of cheese).
Check out my posts about other Korean restaurants:
- Jang Ga Nae, Ortigas
- Masil, Ugong
- Arariyo, Antipolo
- All4U, Century Mall
- Samgyeopmasarap, Greenhills
- Every Samgyeop, Tomas Morato
- All4U, SM East Ortigas
- Gangnam Wings, Megamall
- Premier The Samgyupsal, Malate
- All4U, SM East Ortigas
- Korean Palace, Baguio
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