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Impressions on Korea Garden’s Best Sellers

Craving for Korean food, we purchased a dinner voucher for 2 at Korea Garden from Deal Grocer. According to the deal’s description, Korea Garden offers their bestselling feast of signature dishes for 2 at a discount. It’s because they are celebrating their 41st anniversary (that’s admirable!). We sort of have high expectations from this restaurant since it was a recipient of Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurant award and “Manila’s Best Korean Restaurant” award in Manila’s Best 2014 (which was dubbed as “the Oscar’s of Manila’s restaurant industry”).

Upon entering, we were greeted by their accommodating staff and was escorted to our reserved table. We didn’t have to wait long as our dishes were quickly served in order. That was great, by the way, since we were already starving that time. Anyway, the following are Korea Garden’s signature dishes that we ate along with our comments:

Korea Garden Side Dishes (or “Banchan“)Korea Garden Side Dishes

The side dishes which are shown above are kimchi (“spicy pickled napa cabbage/ 배추 김치), stir-fried anchovies (“myeolchi bokkeum/ 멸치볶음”), seasoned radish (“musengchae/ 무생채”), soybean sprouts (“kong namul/ 콩나물 무침”), braised tofu (“dubu-jorim/ 두부조림”) and spinach (“sigeumchi namul/ 시금치 나물”). It is pretty the usual set for a Korean restaurant and the taste is ordinary as well. However, it’s still a nice complement to a meal. We just finished ours as soon as it was placed in our table though since, as mentioned, we’re hungry. The downside to their side dishes is that they don’t refill it (maybe because we got a discount for our dinner?), so no second serving for us.

Mandu (Dumplings)

Korea Garden Mandu dumplings

These meat dumplings are both steamed and fried served with soy sauce. For us, it looks and tastes like Japanese gyoza.

Japchae (Sweet Potato Noodles)

Korea Garden Japchae

Their take on Japchae is different from most Korean restaurants we’ve tried so far. This is because Korea Garden’s version doesn’t have that sweet taste in it. Otherwise, it still has all the things that make up the famous Korean dish specifically the sweet potato glass noodle and the veggies.

Nakji Bokkeum (Stir-Fried Spicy Octopus)

Stir-Fried Spicy Octopus

The octopus here is surprisingly tender, but not too chewy which is great to nibble. It is served in a lovely sweet and spicy seasoning that is truly delicious and the heat of the spice is tolerable.

Bulgogi (Grilled Marinated Beef)

Bulgogi

The presentation is kind of interesting as they’ve used a concave stove plate. As for the taste however, I would say that it was average because there is a possibility that it was just re-heated for us based on what we’ve eaten.  The sauce on the side however tastes really nice.

Kalbi Chim (Beef Ribs Stew)

Korea Garden Kalbi Chim

If we have to pick one dish from everything we ordered that night, it would have to be the Kalbi Chim (Beef Ribs Stew). The “orangey”/ spicy look of the stew might look daunting, but it really tastes great when paired with rice. The beef was perfectly tender that it feels like it melts in one’s mouth with every bite. Meanwhile, the stew was full of flavor that will make you not care about cholesterol and all those fats. P.S. Sorry for the blurred photo. We were so excited to eat already.

KOREA GARDEN RESTAURANT IS REASONABLE

With the Deal Grocer coupon, Korea Garden is truly reasonable and worth it. We just paid $17.42 (based on our Deal Grocer official receipt) equivalent to PhP 850 instead of paying the original cost which was PhP 1350. The feast came with two plain rice, soup and fresh, sliced pineapple for dessert for what it’s worth.

Korea Garden is simply “okay” for us because their Korean dishes are already tailored to the Filipino’s palate. Meanwhile, their non-refillable side dishes are very tasty, but it would have been better if they’ll allow refills like a typical Korean restaurant. Overall, we’ll still want to go back because of their excellent Kalbi Chim and affordable priced Korean dishes based on their menu.

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This is us again. We look fat, but happy :))

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Korea Garden Restaurant

128 Jupiter Street, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Operating Hours: Open daily from 11:30AM to 2:30PM and 5:00PM to 10:00PM.
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18 Responses to “Impressions on Korea Garden’s Best Sellers”

  1. Hi. No second serving? Aren’t Korean side dishes supposed to be unlimited? I have eaten in this restaurant a few times before. The beef stew is very good.

    As far as value for money is concerned… it’s pretty hard to find quality Korean with decent prices.

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    • Yogo Cream

      Hello 🙂 It depends on the Korean restaurant, but normally it should be unlimited. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. Michelle Lee

    I’ve never had Korean food! It looks interesting. I will say that beef dish looked a little weird, but you said it was OK so that’s good. You should ask why they don’t allow refills on their appetizers if it’s a common Korean custom. Hope your next experience is better! You and you partner are super cute though 🙂

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  3. I love Korean food! Such exotic tastes compared to local dishes (no offense hopefully to our lovely fellowmen). Korea Garden is on my must-try list but reading your review made me hesitant. Anyway, there’s a lot of Korean buffet restaurants near this one. Might go in one of those instead. 🙂

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  4. I love Korean food and I definitely appreciate their side dishes, I just think it makes their dishes more interesting. I’ve never tried Korea Garden so I’m taking note of this. I would go there one of these days.

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  5. Arrianne Guzman

    Japchae and bulgogi are my favorite Korean dishes! Got hungry with this post. And yay!!! It’s located in Makati. I can go anytime because I work near the area. This is a new place to check out 🙂

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  6. I love Korean food and your post made me miss Baguio. They have good Korean food there too. I will never get tired of Bulgogi hehe Too bad it is so far from our place!

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    • Yogo Cream

      Hope you could suggest good Korean restaurants in Baguio so we can visit it too 🙂

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  7. Alison Bergstrom Grant

    I haven’t eaten a lot of Korean food but I love trying new types of food. I love bulgogi beef and the short ribs looked amazing! I haven’t tried a lot of the side dishes that you mentioned but now I really want to! Korean food will be eaten again soon!

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  8. Klaudias Corner

    Njam njam , I love asian food in general , but to be honest I know nothing about korean food . That looks all so delicious , think I need to have a look around here , maybe I can find some Korean Restaurant ?! Thanks for sharing !

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  9. I need to try that sweet potato noodles! Just out of curiosity, have you ever tried sweet potato done in aluminum foil in the oven? It’s really tradicional in Portugal.

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  10. I so love Korean food and my ultimate favorite is the beef short ribs stew. The octopus dish is something I should try since you loved it. Although I haven’t been in this restaurant but who knows one day I will.

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  11. Wow that’s a good deal already. I never tried using deal grocer before, but this post gave me an idea on where we can celebrate our anniv!😃Never tried eating octopus!😁

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  12. Its weird that their side dish was not unlimited. This is near our office but if you usually dine here. I recommend top dish. It’s like a basic korean restaurant, nothing fancy but the food is authentic. You will surely love it. If you’re fan of korean food.

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  13. A korean restaurant that doesn’t offer free refillable side dishes? Oh the shame! XD I’ve always loved kimchi and ask for 3-4 servings of it whenever I am in a korean restaurant so I am not sure if I would like to visit this place.. ay dyusko nadala sa side dish eh 😀 And if their mandu tastes more like gyoza, then I would think that Korea Garden has some “identitiy” issues with their cuisine. Don’t you think? 🙂

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  14. That’s the downside. No refills for the side dishes. And the side dish includes the kimchi, right? arghhh. I am in doubt already of checking this resto. But I am having second thoughts because of the Kalbi Chim. 🙂

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