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10 KBBQs to try in Metro Manila

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It has been a few years since KBBQs started popping up on almost every street corner in Metro Manila, but these restaurants are still very well-loved no matter where you go. Photo courtesy of GEN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — If you feel like treating yourself to a nice meal out where you can eat to your heart’s content, you might as well make sure that you consume something healthy — just like the food being served in Korean BBQ restaurants.

In a 2015 study, scientists ranked over 1,000 different types of food to determine the most nutritious ones people should eat regularly. Surprisingly, pork fat actually came in as the eighth most nutritious food that can give you a good dose of Vitamin B and other minerals — just like samgyupsal. On top of this, the majority of Korean dishes and sides are vegetable-centric and are prepared in a simple way.

It has been a few years since KBBQs started popping up on almost every street corner in Metro Manila, but these restaurants are still very well-loved no matter where you go. What better way to eat your heart out than in the nearest KBBQ restaurant?

Here are a few that you can try out around Metro Manila:

Samgyupsalamat

You have probably seen a branch of Samgyupsalamat at least once in your life; you might have even lined up for one. With more than 35 branches, it is one of the most accessible Korean BBQ restaurants in Metro Manila. For ₱449, you can already get an unlimited amount of 5 different kinds of marinated pork, while ₱499 can give you 10 different types of pork and beef. On top of these, you can get an unlimited amount of side dishes, rice, and soup.

For more information, visit their website.

Lee Hak Korean Restaurant

Lee Hak only has two branches in Metro Manila, but each branch’s wide buffet options make up for it.

All the food available for the day are spread out buffet-style across the restaurant. Not only can you get different cuts and marinades of pork and beef, but you can also fill your plate with unlimited sides, buchimgae or Korean pancake, and spicy noodles. You can even choose to make your own bibimbap bowl if you want a more personalized meal. For the price of ₱359 for weekday lunch, ₱399 for weekday dinner, and ₱459 for weekends, you can already get all of these and more.

Lee Hak is located at 8006 Pioneer Center corner United St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City and 2nd Floor NBS Bldg. Quezon Ave, corner Scout Borromeo St., Quezon Cit.

Romantic Baboy

Romantic Baboy is another fan favorite. Lines always cover the front of the restaurant and waiting time is always long, but the unlimited options are worth it.

There are more than 25 branches all over Metro Manila and for only ₱499, you can choose from eight different cuts and marinades of pork and beef. On top of these, you can also get unlimited rice, soup, cheese, and egg to wrap up your meal.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

At Gen Korean BBQ House, the weekday lunch buffet starts at ₱798 while weekday dinner and weekend rates are both ₱998. Photo courtesy of GEN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE

Gen Korean BBQ House

Gen Korean BBQ House is a famous KBBQ restaurant from California that you can now try for yourself in Pasay City. The weekday lunch buffet starts at ₱798 while weekday dinner and weekend rates are both ₱998. Although it is more expensive than other KBBQs, they also offer more prime choices of meat and sides like rice cakes, japchae, doenjang soup, and many more.

Gen Korean BBQ House is located at Bldg J, Unit 1-16, SM By the Bay, Seaside Blvd, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. 

Matgalne Korean Restaurant

In Matgalne, you can already get unlimited pork cuts for only ₱399. If you decide to eat here for dinner, you can get unlimited pork and beef for only ₱499 while unlimited pork, beef, and bulgogi goes for ₱550. The unlimited side dishes are set up like a buffet as well so you can easily get all the sides you can eat without any hassle.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Soban K-Town Grill

Unlike other unlimited Korean BBQ restaurants, Soban K-Town Grill offers fixed meat sets for a certain price, but you can also opt to have unlimited rice and soup for an additional cost. If you do not feel like eating unlimited amounts of meat, you can also choose to order just one — or three — plates of the meat cut and marinade you prefer.

If you simply want to eat good Korean dishes though, Soban K-Town Grill also offers prepared a la carte meals such as noodles, rice meals, and stews.

Soban K-Town Grill is located at SM Megamall, Greenbelt 3, SM City North EDSA, Robinsons Place Ermita, ATC Alabang, Eastwood Mall, and One Bonifacio High Street Mall. 

Day Don Don Korean Buffet offers a menu with unlimited shabu-shabu and samgyupsal for only ₱499. Photo courtesy of DAY DON DON KOREAN BUFFET

Day Don Don Korean Buffet

Day Don Don is one of the cheapest KBBQs in town. You can get a menu with unlimited samgyupsal and shabu-shabu for only ₱499. Also included in this package is a buffet table with more than 70 dishes — from main courses to desserts. There are also available add ons for side dishes, fruits, rice, soup, iced tea, and ice cream. Children below seven years old are not charged. 

Don Day Korean Buffet is located at Sunshine Boulevard Plaza, Quezon Avenue Corner Scout Santiago Street, South Triangle, Quezon City. 

K-Pub BBQ

If you are in the mood for some live music — or maybe just the latest K-pop tunes — then K-Pub BBQ is the place for you. Their KBBQ buffet is priced at ₱599 for unlimited meat, ₱699 for unlimited meat and seafood, ₱899 for unlimited beef with sides, and ₱999 for unlimited premium cuts. The atmosphere in every K-Pub BBQ is lively and colorful so you can definitely sing and dance along while you enjoy your delicious spread.

K-Pub BBQ's main branch is located at 28th Street cor. 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. They also have branches at Glorietta 1, Tiendesitas, and Trinoma Mall. 

In Leann's Tea House, you can get unlimited pork for only ₱399, unlimited pork and beef for ₱499, and unlimited premium cuts with kimchi rice for ₱599. Photo courtesy of LEANN'S TEA HOUSE

Leann’s Tea House

If you are looking for a more quiet and serene KBBQ experience though, Leann’s Tea House in Tomas Morato is the best choice. Leann’s is famous for their authentic Korean dishes like kimbap, Korean-style chicken, and jajangmyeon; but they are also widely known for their unlimited meat deals that already include unlimited side dishes, lettuce, rice, soup, cheese, corn, and even egg. You can get unlimited pork for only ₱399, unlimited pork and beef for ₱499, and unlimited premium cuts with kimchi rice for ₱599.

Leann's Tea House is located at 105-R Mother Ignacia corner Sct. Madrinan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City.

Jin Joo Korean Grill

One KBBQ restaurant that is gaining popularity at the moment is Jin Joo Korean Grill. For only ₱499 (plus ₱50 for dinner) you can already choose from 10 types of premium meat, with unlimited kimbap, side dishes, and cheese fondue. All their meat are available in four different flavors: pesto, hoisin, honey lemon Sriracha, and Cajun. They also offer prepared authentic Korean meals for an additional price.

Jin Joo Korean Grill is located at The Podium, SM Mall of Asia, Eastwood City Walk 1, and Glorietta 4.