Date # 46: Kogi Bulgogi
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Despite being struck by the Korean wave, Filipinos are still a bit in the dark when it comes to Korean cuisine. Lately, though, more and more locals are gaining interest when it comes to Korean culture, and it’s no wonder that the market for Korean food has increased in number.
Kogi Bulgogi is a Korean Restaurant resting on a prime location in Eastwood City, Libis. It’s a bit rare to find a Korean restaurant nestled within a mall setting, and I think this location is an easy and accessible place for people to discover Korean cuisine.
Like most restaurants in malls, the setting is very modern and minimalist.
Most tables don’t have the grilling machines for the barbecue. I think they should add more of those.
Korean restaurants often serve complimentary appetizers such as these. Kimchi is my natural favorite (although I admit that it may not appeal to everyone’s taste).
Try an order of Kimchi Rice (P90) to deepen the Korean experience. It has the distinct flavor of Kimchi, although not too strong to overpower your viands.
Woosol Gui (P248) uses Grilled Ox Tongue served on a hot plate. The cuts were thick. We suspect that the ox tongue was overcooked because of its rubbery texture.
This was the better choice: Kalbi Gui (P345). Although the quantity is a bit disappointing for its price, it’s much more flavorful and juicy. It’s the marinade I suppose.
The Iced Tea (P65) comes with one free refill.
We were told that the Deungshum Gui (P522) made use of meat with higher quality, but unfortunately, the difference was unnoticeable. Again, the meat was dry and tough. This was a disappointing order considering the price tag.
There were a few more pieces in the serving, but we forgot to take pictures until we ate around four pieces.
These condiments for the grilled meat made up for the meat’s overall quality, though.
The Verdict: Since Kogi Bulgogi is owned and operated by Pepper Lunch Food Co., I’m tempted to say that they should always just leave the cooking with their customers. Serving hard, dry, tough meat does not merit them a further visit. If you’re a fan of Korean food, I’m sure you can name a number of better Korean restaurants out there.
I think the resto actually ruined our mood for the day, considering we should be in a lively mood because it was our monthsary.
Kogi Bulgogi, Eastwood Mall
2/F Eastwood Mall Veranda, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Bagumbayan, Libis
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 470-6884 to 85
With and For Love,
Rina Caparras and Douglas Chong
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