Apparently, my addiction to Korean food is communicable because Hubby had a hankering for unlimited Korean BBQ at Premier The Samgyupsal after seeing one of his friends post about it on FB.
So we took advantage of the light traffic on Election Day and, together with the kiddos, drove all the way to Malate to check it out.
While still on the road, I was able to reserve our table just by texting my name, number of people in out party and expected time of arrival to the number indicated in the resto’s FB page. When we got there, even though the place was packed, our table was waiting for us. (Parking was a problem though.)
The place was indeed full of diners and quite cramped. There was also the pervading smell of smoke which is common to most Korean BBQ joints despite the presence of exhaust tubes per table in this restaurant. (True enough, by the tume we left after our meal, we all had that “amoy-usok” scent, hehehe!)
Service was a bit slow with the servers shouting at each other over the din giving off a vibe of general chaos. That is, until one of the waiters, Steven, noticed our group and took it upon himself to really give us great service: promptly serving and setting up our meats on the table-top grill, attending to and even anticipating our refill requests, etc.
We ordered Go Unli Mix (Php500 for lunch; Php580 for dinner) for all of us. This meal package consist of unlimited beef bulgogi, woosamgyup, marinated pork and aged samgyupsal plus unlimited rice and twelve refillable side dishes which include the fam’s favorites: kimchi, fishcakes, sweetened peanuts and sweet potatoes.
The aged samgyupsal is the resto’s claim to fame. It’s a thick slice of pork belly aged for more than 48 hours in a special aging machine to make it extra tender and juicy. Among the meats served to us, this took the longest time to cook but it was well worth the wait.
After our meal, the kids enjoyed Korean Ice Cream (Samanco and Pangtoa) for their desserts.
Considering we were able to eat out fill with a bill of just Php2,000 (not including the ice cream), I’d say that Premier The Samgyupsal gives good value for money.
Branches of Premier The Samgyupsal is located at:
- 1720 A. Mabini cor Alonzo St., Malate, Manila (Tel: + 63 9772794820)
- Aseana Power Station, Diosdado Macapagal Ave., Baclaran, Paranaque (Tel: + 63 9167925412)
- 116B Sct. Lozano St., Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City (Tel: + 63 927 6808188)
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
- Oh My Korean Grill and Chimaek, Tomas Morato
- Gangnam Wings, Megamall
- All4U, SM East Ortigas
- All4U, SM East Ortigas
- Korean Palace, Baguio
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