It was an official date day with my best gastronomic partner and we seriously scheduled our very first lunch date for the year 2013. We planned to meet in Eastwood Mall and finally try the Kogi Bulgogi Korean Restaurant at 11AM sharp but sadly that was not possible for we each had our sudden household chores. But eventually we still managed to be there at 1PM and the rest was delightful chowing down on Korean dishes.
It is impressive to take note that this restaurant has an ideal number of lunch crowd that we need to queue for like 20 minutes before we secure a table good for two. We were starving but we challenged ourselves to study the menu well before firing up our orders. Great to know how reasonable the prices are and that there is no service charge. Another good thing about the place is that thought it was full house, servers are always on floor to assist guests accordingly. I noticed that most of the guests are of Japanese, Korean and Chinese races.
I eat a lot! That is a fact that my close friends and relatives could very well associate with me. I am not so picky when it comes to food as I really adventurous in order learn food and culture further. If there is one important thing that I could not deny loving about Korean cuisine, that would be the banchan (otherwise called panch'an). Serving small dishes of food along with cooked rice is an essential part of Korean meal and part of their basic table setting. In case of Kogi Bulgogi, they serve six types of side dishes like kimchi, dilis, togue, chayote, baguio beans and sweet and sour pork. So if you are not inclined to eat a lot of veggies then I am not so sure if you could survive dining here. I suggest not to bring a date or friends that are allergic to vegetables- raw or cooked for that might be detrimental to them or to your relationship. During our entire stay we had two rounds of banchan which are surprisingly cold to eat. Take note that unlike any other Korean restaurants where banchan is unlimited, here at Kogi Bulgogi guests are only allowed up to two refills which is mighty good to accompany the main course. But that would be an unbecoming set up for big group I guess.
It had been months since we last ate Bibimbap so we ordered for two different kinds of which plus a glass of bottomless iced tea each. A bibimbap is made of steamed rice with seasoned vegetables and egg. Here's how Kogi Bulgogi serve their bibimbap. Placed in a heated stone pot so one must be extremely careful not to touch the pot which is encased in a wooden container.
Salmon Bibimbap PhP220
Since he is a big fan of salmon, this caught his attention. A pot of smoked salmon with raw egg with plenty of rice and side veggies. I had some spoonful of this and I find it tasty. The real taste of salmon is present and how I wish that there are more slices of cooked salmon. Additional order of egg costs PhP30 with the option or raw or cooked.
I simply chose the stone pot filled with beef, fried egg, rice and some veggies. I find this a tad bland so I had to mix and add chili paste plus soy sauce from time to time to make it more appealing for me. Otherwise, it is totally a waste of money. I was about to order Kalbi Ssambap for it was my second best choice from the menu and I kinda liked the idea of big fresh lettuce wraps plus rice plus meat, but my buddy disagreed for some unknown reason and decided to finish our meal slowly.
2/F Eastwood Mall, E Rodriguez Jr Ave.
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
(02) 470-6884 to 85