15 Best Korean Restaurants In Manila That You Should Try
Craving for some spicy kimchi or intense gochujang? Only the best Korean restaurants in Manila can satisfy those cravings!
For the past few years, Korean cuisine has been gaining popularity among Filipinos. Known as hansik, the Koreans believe that food should be equated with harmony. This means there should be a balance within each meal when it comes to colors, tastes, textures, and even nutrition.
Compared to the local cuisine, you could say that Korean dishes are healthier because the servings of meat, vegetables, and choice of carbohydrates (rice or noodles) are all well-balanced without sacrificing flavor. You might want to start preparing those metal chopsticks when you encounter some of these best Korean restaurants in Manila.
1Yoree Korean Dining – BGC and Alabang
As you step into Yoree Korean Dining, you’ll notice how beautiful its interiors are. The dim lighting of the place sets the mood for a cozy ambiance. Try out their Haemul Pajeon (PHP 198) if you’re into rice and wheat flour pancakes seasoned with seafood such as clams, shrimp, and octopus. After ordering, meat dishes will be cooked in front of you using their smokeless charcoal grill—just like how it’s supposed to be done. This could make your list of the best Korean restaurants in Manila!
Yoree Korean Dining
The Forum, 7th Avenue corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
2Sodam Korean Restaurant – San Juan
The great thing about Sodam Korean Restaurant is that you don’t need to bring a fat wallet. At an affordable price, an unlimited buffet awaits you. This makes it one of the best Korean restaurants in Manila in our book! Just when we thought their Korean barbecue is the best reason to enter this place, the fact that they are sulit makes them a winner! You might as well try everything that’s available since it’s an unlimited buffet. Just make sure you have plenty of room in your tummy (and stretchable pants!).
Sodam Korean Restaurant
17 J. Abad Santos Drive, Little Baguio, San Juan City
Lunch service: 11:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on weekdays (PHP 299) and 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on weekends (PHP 329).
Dinner service: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (PHP 329) from Monday to Sunday
3Mak Chang Korean Grill Restaurant – Ermita and Malate
There is a unique way Koreans eat their food: every dish is served on the table all at once without any space left unused. If a restaurant’s service is a top priority for you, you’ll be welcomed at Mak Chang in no time. Many regulars have raved about the commendable service. Plus, their side dishes are unlimited, so you better keep them coming! Dishes that you must try at this place are their perfectly cooked prime meat dishes such as Beef Galbi (PHP 650), Pork Galbi (PHP 350) and of course, their Samgyeopsal (PHP 300).
Mak Chang Korean Grill Restaurant
1547 Adriatico Street, Ermita (right across Robinson’s Place)
1782 Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
4Min Sok – Makati
This hole-in-the-wall is near Jupiter Street. If not for their signage, you might miss this place. Upon entering Min Sok, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of its ambiance. Like most Korean restaurants, side dishes are the stars of the show by providing unlimited refills at no extra charge. Try out their delicious kimchi as it’s a standout here compared to any other restaurant. Select any or both of their best sellers like Samgyeopsal (PHP 300) and Yukgaejang (PHP 280).
5655 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
5Sing Sing Meatshop and Restaurant – BF Homes
This place doesn’t look anything special on the outside. Once you step inside, it’s a different story. You’ll immediately notice a cozy area wherein you can take your shoes off and sit down beside low tables. Within the BF area, for just a price of PHP 299, you can get Unlimited Samgyeopsal or Unlimited Beef for just PHP 599. Their simple menu offers limited choices, but that’s okay because we were already smitten with the word “unlimited.” Side dishes also come plentiful at this place. Definitely one of the best Korean restaurants in Manila.
Sing Sing Meatshop and Restaurant
268A Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
6Matgalne – Makati and Ortigas
Matgalne is a great casual Korean restaurant that people keep coming back to. Why? Because of its affordability, which a lot of people are looking for! You can avail a lunch buffet for just PHP 349 or a dinner buffet for PHP 449. If the word “unlimited” is music to your ears, you will find that it quickly becomes one of your best Korean restaurants in Manila! Aside from the usual selection of Korean favorites, you can also explore their buffet area for some interesting choices like deep fried kimbap (say what?!) and jumeok bap or rice balls covered in dried seaweed.
4768 Kalayaan Avenue corner Mariano St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
2/F Millenium Place, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City
6/F Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m Closed on Sundays.
7Masil Korean Charcoal Grill Restaurant – Ortigas
It’s easy to dismiss this place since it’s located a little off the main road near Ortigas Home Depot. However, once you discover this place, you’ll know that it is one of the best Korean restaurants in Manila. Most of their premium meats, whether beef or pork, are either plain or lightly marinated. This is done so because its original flavor wants to be retained with slight enhancements without overpowering the taste.
Spread that over the charcoal grill, and you’ll find yourself reaching out for that first piece with any embellishments to get that rich and smoky flavor. The real standout here is the assortment of banchan. Include a piece or two in your BBQ wrap and the taste is quite extraordinary.
Masil Korean Charcoal Grill Restaurant
100 Oranbo Drive, Oranbo, Pasig City
Open from 1:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on weekdays. Open from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on weekends.
8Ye Dang Korean B.B.Q. Restaurant – Pasig
You might expect this place to be crowded because it is one of the best Korean restaurants in Manila, so it would be a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time. Your choice of meat will be cooked right in front of you and thanks to their stretchable exhaust pipes from the ceiling; you won’t end up smelling like what you ate. Try their Dolsot Bibimbap (PHP 300), which is their vegetable hash rice. All you have to do is mix well and devour the entire bowl.
Ye Dang Korean BBQ Restaurant
Gold Park Complex, 88 Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
9Soga Miga – Alabang
Aside from your favorite dishes like bibimbap and kimchi, you’ll notice that their choice of rice is very much different compared to the usual white rice. Soga Miga’s brown rice has a few grainy bits, which gives it a mild earthy taste. If you want to try something different that isn’t offered in every Korean restaurant, opt for their duck barbecue.
3/F BMW Center, Commerce Avenue, Molito Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
10Sariwon – BGC and Greenhills
If you’re craving for the best bulgogi and galbi in town, Sariwon is the place to be. Its traditional recipe can be traced back to 1938 from Sariwon, North Korea. This is one of the best Korean restaurants in Manila: it has collected several awards including Best Korean Restaurant Award, Philippines’ Best Restaurant Award 2013-2016, and Store Operations Excellence Award 2014.
Don’t leave the place without trying their vegetable rice bowl namely Dolsot Bibimbap (PHP 380) and of course, their Sariwon Bulgogi (PHP 545) and Wang Galbi (PHP 695).
Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
G/F Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan City
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
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11Kiwa Korean Grill – Parañaque
Kiwa Korean Grill is a great place to treat yourself or with family or friends. You have the choice of going a la carte (ranging PHP 500-1,500) or from the course menu (PHP 1,500-3,200). Selecting from the course menu gives you an appetizer, sashimi and appetizer assortment, main dish, pancake, stir-fried glass noodles, vegetables, rice, soybean paste stew or cold noodles, and dessert.
12Jang Ga Nae – Ortigas and BF Homes
Like most Korean restaurants, Jang Ga Nae has a pleasant ambiance with simple but homey decors. Their place is well ventilated, and you won’t have to worry about smelling like what you ate once you leave the place. Though Jang Ga Nae is a little bit on the high end, their barbecue dishes are highly recommended. Never leave the place without trying out their specialty Japchae (PHP 300) because it surely won’t disappoint your taste buds.
Jang Ga Nae
8137 Plaza Ortigas, Jose Escriva Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City
Open daily from 10:00a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
237 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
13Jang Dabang Café – Ortigas
A meal is never complete without the finale, whether that be coffee or desserts. After having a satisfying meal at Jang Ga Nae, you can walk over next door to Jang Dabang Cafe. This café is popular for their variety of bingsu, which are flavored fine-ice treats similar to our local halo-halo. The concept of these desserts come with unlikely combinations, but somehow, it really works!
For example, the Mango Bingsu (PHP 195/regular, PHP 285/large) comes with a generous serving of fresh mangoes, corn flakes and whipped cream all sitting on a huge amount of flavored shaved ice. Add a touch of red beans, and you’ll just have to finish this entire bowl. Good thing their bingsu items are perfect for sharing with small groups.
14Café Seolhwa Bingsu – BGC and BF Homes
Café Seolhwa Bingsu is one of the most visited dessert houses in Manila thanks to their finest selection of bingsu delights. Chocolate lovers would love to indulge in their Choco Brownie Bingsu (PHP 250/single, PHP 360/large) with its bite-size brownies, a generous serving of chocolate ice cream, and abundance of choco milk snow laced with hidden gems like choco crunch, dried fruits, and nuts. How they get that shaved ice into its finest and creamiest state (just like snow!), we’ll never know. Aside from these awesome desserts, you’ll find croissants, toast, rice cake desserts, coffee, and tea.
The Forum, 7th Avenue corner Federacion Drive, BGC, Taguig
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
2/F The Noah’s Place, 330 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
15Ice Flower Café – Alabang
This playful café will grab the attention of passing kids and adults with its bright colors and outdoor-inspired interiors. That’s not all, though. You can play with actual snow in a separate area of the café. It’s something you’d look forward to especially on a hot day. If you want to leave that to the kids, maybe you’ll love to explore their varied options of bingsu. Opt for the Mango Bingsu (PHP 210/single, PHP 360/double). You’ll understand why the rich combination of mango and cheese (yes, cheese!) complement each other! They also offer rice cakes, sandwiches, coffee, juices, and shakes.
Ice Flower Café
Molito Lifestyle Complex, Madrigal Avenue, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Now that we’ve made your taste buds linger for a taste of steaming bowl of jap chae or an overflowing bowl of bingsu, try out any one of these best Korean restaurants in Manila that happen to be in your neighborhood. You definitely deserve to treat yourself to a round of healthy and delicious food without having to step out of the city.
Haengbog meogneun or Happy eating! —Philihappy