Here’s another one of those merged posts following the theme: Asian! Yum yum!
STOP #1: KOREAN
1 | Assorted Banchan
My favorites in this set were the sweet beans and the spicy fish (dilis). I didn’t like the fried chicken at all (please see pathetic meat pieces on the middle bowl, top row. And I know what you’re thinking: Where the hell did the chicken come from?). Also, I try to stay away from spicy food, so I didn’t bother trying their kimchi. My friend, Mica, liked it though.
Anyway, a lot of people get a kick out of the “complimentary” appetizers, but I wasn’t all that impressed. I mean, they’re really supposed to be served when dining at authentic Korean restaurants. So, I thought, what’s the big deal really? Why are people putting so much emphasis on the restaurant’s efforts to serve them?
2 | Gun Mandu (fried dumplings)
Ooh I did not like this dish so much. It wasn’t as crunchy as it should have been when served and the filling just wasn’t that great, taste-wise.
3 | Chicken Saambap
This was a bit difficult to eat, with the wrapping ceremonies and all. A bit messy too, if you ask me.
Bottom line: I felt as if I was munching on cafeteria food, to be honest. That’s not a good thing when you have to pay PhP150-PhP300 for a decent meal in Kogi Bulgogi.
Taste – 2/5 | Ambience – 3.5/5 |Variety – 4/5 | Service – 4/5 | Pricing – 4/5 | Would Go Back? – Not anytime soon
STOP #2: JAPANESE
(L-R from top row)
1 | Unagi sushi (PhP309)
Jae wanted to try something else other than the usual salmon sashimi so he opted for this appetizer. I must say it is not for everyone. It tasted a bit like oysters only it leaves a yucky feeling when it slides down your throat! Blech!
2 | Tofu Steak (PhP202)
My mom liked Jozu Kin’s version even though the dish was, for the most part, dry. It did come with a special sauce, but it wasn’t submerged into the liquid unlike other restaurants’ counterparts.
3 | Ushi Ebi Tempura (PhP350)
Yummy and not heavily breaded!
4 | Smoked Salmon Pizza (PhP240)
Definitely something foreign to my taste buds. I didn’t enjoy it as much as my family though given that raw toppings on pizza seemed odd to me at the time. Haha! But it is unlike any other pizzas, so you can maybe check it out.
5 | Manhattan Roll (PhP228)
These are so much like Omakase’s American Dream rolls. You can never go wrong with cream cheese and smoked salmon. They’re a match made in heaven. :D
6 | Chicken Teriyaki (PhP220)
My dad thought this went great with Jozu Kin’s yakimeshi rice.
7 | Gomoku Ramen (PhP310)
I split this dish with mom and we both enjoyed it very much. It’s made up of mostly soup though and only a few strips of the other more filling stuff to eat (i.e. crabsticks, veggies, meat, etcetera). Really, really good broth as a whole.
A bit pricey, Jozu Kin is, but well worth the extra cash. Service is terrible though (our servers kept giving us the wrong food!) but somehow “excusable” (well, at least for us) seeing that the restaurant is relatively new.
Taste – 4/5 | Ambience – 4.5/5 |Variety – 4.5/5 | Service – 2/5 | Pricing – 4/5 | Would Go Back? – Yes
STOP #3: FILIPINO
I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Mesa so I made sure to tag along when I heard my mom was meeting with friends at the said restaurant.
1 | Chicken Binacol (PhP235)
SOOO good. I love all-in-one meals (i.e. nilaga, kare-kare, sinigang, etcetera), so Mesa’s Chicken Binacol — which is essentially their take on the classic tinola — was a welcome surprise. It came with coconut strips — kind of weird when you first meet with the idea, but it turned out to be more than all right.
2 | Laing Two Ways (PhP150)
I don’t really eat food I don’t understand so this time, I passed on the laing. My three companions, however, seemed to like the well-loved Filipino veggie dish, more so that it was presented to them in two ways: dry and with a special sauce.
3 | Assorted platter
Party in a plate for sure! The mix contains inihaw (grilled) everything: clams, bangus, barbeque, pork chops, chicken, squid, shrimp.
Taste – 4/5 | Ambience – 4/5 |Variety – 4.5/5 | Service – 4.5/5 | Pricing – 5/5 | Would Go Back? – Yes
Say hello to my mom (in animal print!) and her friends from way, way back. :D After eating, I left them to their business and decided to treat myself to a root retouch session. I went to Bench Fix, Greenbelt 3, where they carry the correct shade of my hair color. Bubbles, the girl who treated my hair, was so thoughtful to have added a little oomph to my drab, super straight hair when she was drying it. She gave me waves!
That said, a vain shot calls:
Kogi Bulgogi | 2F Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
Jozu Kin | Unit ES-2, Crescent Park (West), Rizal Drive (Burgos Circle), Forbes Town Center, Fort Global City
Taguig, Metro Manila; (+63 2) 403-1875, (+63 2) 403-3646
Mesa | G/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St. Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila; (+63 2) 728-0886
Meme was grabbed from the Internet.