Bulgogi Brothers: Now Grilling in SM Mall of Asia

These past few months, I have been constantly and excessively craving for Korean food. Luckily, SM Mall of Asia which is one of my go-to malls, already have a branch of one of the hottest Korean barbecue grill destinations in Metro Metro, Bulgogi Brothers.
Bulgogi Brothers SM Mall of Asia

Brought to us by The Bistro Group, the same company operating Italianni's, T.G.I. Fridays, Fish & Co., Ma Maison, Flapjacks, Pig Out, Krazy Garlik, The Stock Market and Village Tavern, Bulgogi Brothers is a Korean barbecue restaurant originally from Gangnam in Seoul, which has been steadily creating a buzz in the Metro's foodie scene.

I've already seen Bulgogi Brothers' branches in both Greenbelt 5 and Alabang Town Center. However, this trip to the cozy, spacious and dimly-lit SM Mall of Asia restaurant was the first time I'll try it out. And honestly, I was very excited since it's another interesting dining spot under The Bistro Group's capable wings.

Bori Cha Free Salad and Banchan

Upon seating, we were served with a complimentary plate of sweet corn, quail eggs and sweet potatoes, a serving of mixed salad, three free banchan of Baek Kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage), Gaji Namul (spicy eggplant) and Sigeumchi Namul (blanched spinach), and tea of the day which was Bori Cha (Barley Tea).

Complimentary sweet potatoes, quail eggs, and sweet corn Complimentary Salad
Kimchi Spicy Eggplant Pickled Kangkong

This is what I love about dining in Korean barbecue restaurants, there are tons of complimentary and even refillable treats! And since I love sweet corn, quail eggs, sweet potatoes and spinach, these free goodies were all the more enjoyable for me.

The New Dishes

Although this is only my first time at Bulgogi Brothers, I was lucky to find out that they have new items on their menu. So before I share with you the best-sellers in this Korean barbecue restaurant, let me first give you a peek of their latest gustatory additions.

Haemul Pajeon P450

First up is Haemul Pajeon (P450), a savory Korean-style pancake filled with seafood and green onions. If you're a seafood lover like me, well this will satisfy our seafood cravings as it's packed with pieces of plump shrimps. The pancake itself is also quite tasty with a strong seafood flavor, while being soft and a little dense. However, I have to admit that it wasn't as tasty and as outstanding as the one I previously had.

Yuk Gae Jang P380

We then had the Yuk Gae Jang (P380), a spicy serving of soup packed with shredded beef, tofu, vegetables and herbs. Even as a non-spicy food lover in general, I'd have to admit that I enjoyed this item. The soup itself has a lovely savory and herby flavor with just the right amount of heat. The vegetables were also a nice addition, giving the whole ensemble an addicting crunch with every spoonful.

Galbi Tang P420

We also got to try the Galbi Tang (P420), a clear yet hearty traditional Korean soup made of beef spare ribs, glass noodles, healthy Korean herbs and vegetables, perfect to boost one's stamina up. Although I try to veer away from clear soups for fear that it won't be as flavorful as colored ones, I have to say that this bowl is very tasty and very filling. It somehow reminds me of our local nilagang baka soup.

The Bulgogi Brothers Favorites

After giving you a peek of the new dishes on Bulgogi Brothers' menu, here I present to you some of the restaurant best-sellers and favorites which we got to try.

Dubu Steak Small P245 Large P395

First was this serving of Dubu Steak (6 pcs. P245; 8 pcs P395), crispy-fried tofu served with crunchy beansprouts, beef teriyaki, and teriyaki sauce. This dish is definitely a must-order if you're a big tofu lover! The tofu pieces had a nice, crispy outer layer which unlocks a soft and silky bean curd goodness with every bite.

Haemul Gungjung Mandu 6-pcs P450 10-pcs P675

We also had a serving of Haemul Gungjung Mandu (6 pcs. P450; 10 pcs. P675), fried pork dumplings topped with seafood such as mussels, shrimps and squid pieces, and served with a spicy sauce. Being a fried dumpling lover, I liked how these bundles of goodness similar to Japanese gyoza, were so crispy on the outside with a plump and generous meaty filling on the inside. And of course, I rejoiced upon the sight of seafood!

Hanbang Suyuk P550

Next, we tried the Hanbang Suyuk (P550), a platter of thinly-sliced boiled pork pieces with kimchi, roasted garlic and chives, served with lettuce wraps. If I have to site one special feat that attracted me to Korean cuisine, it would be the practice of wrapping food in leafy sheets. In this case, I didn't only enjoy the wrapping process, but also the flavorful pork slices itself, as well as how it blended harmoniously with some ssamjang paste.

Haemul Doenjang-jjigae P395 Kimchi-Jigae P395

We also had a serving of Haemul Doenjang-jjigae (P395), a hearty soybean stew with assorted seafood and veggies served with rice, as well as the Kimchi-Jigae (P395), a spicy stew made with ripened kimchi, pork and bean curd. Between the two, I think I prefer the latter more since it's the perfect stew to sip on a chilly night. It has an addicting sweet, spicy and tangy flavors to satisfy the kimchi lovers.

Bulgogi Burger P295

We were surprised that they actually serve burger in Bulgogi Brothers, but we sampled the Bulgogi Burger (P295) too since this is one of our companions' favorite, and a best-seller for kids as Executive Chef Chang Kyu Kim explained. This Korean take on an American classic is served with fries on the side, and uses the homemade Unyang-style burger patty, along with the restaurant's signature sauce, cheese and fresh vegetables.

Bulgogi Brothers Special P1,495

Now, we've come to the most exciting part. Pardon me if I wasn't able to take a photo of the whole platter, but we actually got the Bulgogi Brothers Special (P1,495), a serving of both the Unyang-style and Gwangyang-style Bulgogi. (No Gangnam-style here!)

The Unyang-style Bulgogi are heart-shaped pieces of the restaurant's homemade patty. They're very soft, succulent and even crumbly when you slice them up, an indication that they don't have extenders. And while I appreciate the juiciness and meatiness of these pretty patties, I don't quite dig its almost-powdery feel to the mouth.

Gwangyang Style Bulgogi

Then there's the Gwangyang-style Bulgogi in the same order, seasoned beef with a sweet sauce served with beansprouts, green onions and sesame leaf. Now, between the two, I'm more of a Gwangyang-style fan. I love how tender, meaty and flavorful the beef pieces were. They're truly sweet and savory in every bite, with just the right amount of meat and marbling of fat. Even without rice or lettuce wraps, eating these was a delight!

Korean Ice Creams Rowella with Korean Ice Creams

After feasting on Bulgogi Brothers' great selection of Korean dishes, our server for the night, Rowella-unnie, brought us a basket filled with different Korean ice creams (including my favorite Pangtoa Cookies 'N Cream) for dessert. Now, talk about the perfect way to cap off the very satisfying evening meal!

Binggrae Samanco Ice Cream Sandwich

To deviate from my default choice of Korean ice cream, this time I decided to go with the Binggrae Samanco Ice Cream Sandwich, a fish-shaped vanilla ice cream waffle sandwich with red bean paste. I've already tried this before back in college, and I still love it now. The crispy and slightly chewy waffle sandwich is so nice to munch on, while the blend of vanilla ice cream and red bean paste is not only refreshing but delightful to the palate as well. And of course, how can you say no to the adorable fish design?

THE VERDICT

This trip to Bulgogi Brothers has confirmed that I'm really starting to love Korean cuisine. I didn't only enjoy the grilled meaty goodness of bulgogi, but also fell in love with the tasty meal starters and hearty Korean stews which Bulgogi Brothers generously offers. And with a great ambiance and impeccable service as expected from a Bistro Group restaurant, I'm sure to pay Bulgogi Brothers another visit soon.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Bulgogi Brothers, SM Mall of Asia
2/F SM Mall of Asia, Entertainment Mall, South Wing,
Ocean Dr. Manila Bay Reclamation Area,
Pasay City, Metro Manila
Philippines
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33 comments:

  1. Korean food is very addictive talaga!!! haahahahhaa I sure want to eat it everyday! :D :D And the craving's different because it's always on your mind then you can almost taste the food in your mouth. I'm going to Song Do tomorrow for lunch for a Korean fix!!! Medyo expensive sa Bulgogi Brothers a!

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    1. As expected naman from The Bistro Group, but it does come with a nice ambiance and great service.. ^^ Btw, I want to try Song Do too! :D

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  2. I'm happy that they're serving burgers since kids can be really picky especially if they're unfamiliar with the cuisine. Like your other posts, I'll likewise bookmark this for my must-visit places. Also, the basket of Korean ice cream makes me want to leave the house now and visit the nearest Korean grocery! =D

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    1. You're right, the burger makes Bulgogi Brothers a kid-friendly resto.. ^^

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  3. I still have not tried Bulgogi Brothers yet, and I have heard rave reviews since they opened their branch in Makati (?) We love Korean food too so I need to try this soon! I just posted a Korean dish on the blog too :)))

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    1. Yes, their first branch was in Greenbelt 5.. :) Now they have one in ATC, and the latest in SM Mall of Asia.

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  4. I wanna try the Hameoul Pajeun so badly! :D I've read reviews about this place but have not tried it yet! :D Lovely photos as usual Sumi <3

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  5. The MOA branch looks a lot more spacious compared to Greenbelt. Plus they have Korean ice cream now! There used to be no desserts available except local ice cream. :)

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  6. Yummyyy. maka punta nga diyan this weekends :)

    Michael Macalos
    http://michaelmacalos.blogspot.com

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  7. Whenever I can I kept on coming back at Bulgogi's at ATC which is nearer to me. Though, yes! they are very pricey I think but what's a once in a while indulgence to satisfy tummy cravings :) I will try to see next time the MOA outlet.

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  8. I want to try that seafood pancake. Parang sarap i-ulam with rice! :)

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  9. i never tried korean food, well once but never liked it. probably wrong selection of food. like to try this though, para maiba naman ang perception ko sa korean food :)
    Rovie,
    The Bargain Doll

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    1. I didn't quite like Korean food the first time I've tried it, but give it another go soon and you might be surprised. That's what happened to me, and now I love Korean cuisine! :D

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  10. looks delish!this is very timely, we're looking for a resto to try around greenbelt area tomorrow and this is going to be on top of my list :)

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  11. What a lovely spread of Korean fare! I'd love to try the Dubu Steak!

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  12. I want to eat Korean soon! Will set the next food trip na nga! :)

    http://www.dekaphobe.com/

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  13. Wow this looks promising! Nagutom ako looking at your photos. Though I don't enjoy going to SM MOA but this resto would be worth it.

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  14. Ansasarap naman po niyan. :) sadly, we only have 1 korean resto here in Batangas City :(

    Myxilog

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  15. Oh wow! My sister loves Korean food. I have yet to love it though :) There aren't just a lot of Korean restos in ZC :(

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  16. Yihee another Korean restaurant! I love the complementary side dishes too. They're healthy food that I wouldn't normally eat because I'm picky with vegetables. No wonder Koreans are so thin :/

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  17. I miss Bulgogi Brothers! Buti na lang they have one nearby at ATC. (Nearby daw o, haha!)

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  18. i have heard my sister talking about how great their food is and yes, i love korean dishes, i hope i can try this one when i happened to visit mall of asia again.

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  19. A friend who works at a resto in SM Manila actually tried to persuade me to try this place. Hmmm..after reading your post, it made me wanna go there asap!

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  20. now i wanna go back to bulgogi and try those dishes! i wasnt familiar with the names so we just cooked hearty beef and shrimps. and oh my! i miss their stew!

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  21. wow, really nice looking resto.....the food presentation is good! I had some of those korean foods when we went to south korea 2 years ago....yum!

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  22. I think I never tried a Korean restaurant before, it's because I don't know what to order. I might order a spicy dish and not liking it. But I'll stick with your recommendations. :)

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  23. How come I didn't know that there's Bulgogi brothers in MOA. I'm a MOA girl but haven't seen this yet.

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  24. I ove Korean food so wanna taste their Gwangyang-style Bulgogi!

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  25. The food looks yummy...especially the Haemul Doenjang-jjigae ,good for the rainy season

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  26. Is there any additional fee other than the order itself?

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