Now I can say that I’ve seen everything when it comes to Korean BBQ.
As our despedida blow-out for one of our office barkada who will be moving on to greener and less stressful pastures, we decided to have dinner at K-Pub BBQ in Trinoma. We figured that the group will bond over our shared love of Korean food and of chismis.
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#LatePost of my VERY LOUD dinner at @kpub_bbq at Trinoma. The food was good (the package was a bit pricy) but we didn’t expect that the sheer volume of the chatter and the band (with an open mic thing going on) would preclude almost all conversation. Note to self: go here when in a #partayy mood. #koreanfood #pub #samgyupsal #steamedegg
Well, the Korean food we had plenty. Our group availed of the Beat the Clock Eat & Run meal package wherein we can get unlimited refills for an hour at Php599 per head. The set includes:
- Chadol Baki (Beef Sukiyaki)
- Tong Samgeopsal (Whole Pork Belly)
- Yengnyem Samgeopsal (Marinated Pork Belly in Sweet Spicy Sauce)
- Dwaeji Galbi (Marinated Pork Chop)
- Dak Galbi (Marinated Chicken in Sweet Spicy Sauce)
- Fried Spring Roll
The set also comes with side dishes such as steamed egg, kimchi pajeon, steamed rice, kimchi fried rice, soup, lettuce and house salad, as well as Melona ice cream bars for dessert.
I am not a fan of these timed Korean BBQ. Instead of leisurely enjoying your food and time with your friends, there’s the sense of trying to stuff your face before the hour for refills run out.
With its hefty price tag, the value proposition of this arrangement is also dependent upon the efficiency of the wait staff for refills. That efficiency is already compromised by the number of diners and the loud background noise.
And oh, that noise! (Yeah, I’m having a #TitasOfManila moment.)
For one thing, being a Korean resto and having K-pop decor, somehow, playing mainstream pop is off-strat. Furthermore, there’s a stage with an an open mic segment during which diners can sing if they so choose. (Well, one among us did choose, hehehe!)
Still, the noise precluded most of the chismis to the point that as soon as we finished the refill hour, we hung out at the cafe next door to recover and chat.
Note to self, and to you, dear readers: this place is not one for languid dining. But a great one for boisterous fun. Unfortunately, not for a tita like me.
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
- Premier The Samgyupsal, Malate
- All4U, SM East Ortigas
- Korean Palace, Baguio
Learn more about Korean cuisine by checking out these books on Amazon.com!
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