Yoogane: Korea's Famous Dak Galbi now in IL Terrazzo

Thursday, October 25, 2012
It's almost the end of October, and as expected, reunions and gatherings are becoming more of a staple. I'm enjoying every bit of it though, especially since I get to bond with relatives and friends whom I haven't seen in a while. And the latest among my pre-holiday food trip session is with my lovely high school friends, just three of them this time, that is.
Yoogane Il Terrazzo

Since we already got so used to visiting SM North and Trinoma, we decided to head to IL Terrazzo in Tomas Morato. There are a lot of restaurants in this side of Quezon City, but surprisingly, we all agreed to try out the bright and happy-looking Yoogane which is actually a famous dak galbi haven in Seoul, South Korea. I've already seen several blog posts about this newly-opened Korean restaurant, yet I can't help but feel excited to finally try Yoogane's dak galbi (diced chicken marinated in a gochujang-based sauce).

After getting seated in a table perfect for four, we can't help but admire how they were able to pull off a cute and trendy, yet an industrial-influenced look at Yoogane. Actually, even the bronzy golden pipes made the place feel hipper. Oh, and since this is a Korean chain, they play K-Pop as you eat. We had some SNSD, 2NE1, Big Bang, IU, and of course, PSY's famous Gangnam Style throughout our stay.

Free Banchan

Even before ordering, we were already served with free banchan -- appetizers or side dishes of sort, which consisted of Kongnamul (boiled bean sprouts in sesame oil), Baek Kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage), and pickled white radish. I wasn't able to ask if these were refillable, but I think they are, as with most Korean restaurants.

Marinated Chicken Galbi, Sliced Pork Belly and Assorted Seafood

Since Yoogane specializes in dak galbi, their menu carries only a few choices with four chef specialties all containing chicken galbi. Our server for the night told us that each order is only good for 1 to 2 persons, so we decided to order three among the special items -- Yoogane's Marinated Chicken Galbi (P210), Marinated Chicken Galbi & Sliced Pork Belly (P220), and Marinated Chicken Galbi & Assorted Seafood (P240).

Yoogane Marinated Chicken Galbi and Sliced Pork Belly

Our server cooked the orders for us, and we just sit in anticipation as we smell the really enticing aroma of the chicken galbi, pork belly, cabbage slices, scallions, sweet potatoes, onions, gochujang sauce and rice cakes. We also found out that the barbecue exhaust nozzle has flexible duct making it perfect to slightly cover the pan as the food cooks.

Cooking Marinated Chicken Galbi and Sliced Pork Belly

Here, almost everything's already cooked so the server lifted the barbecue exhaust nozzle. I was also salivating to finally get a taste of the dish at this point. I know, I know, it does look really spicy, but it looks delicious too!

Marinated Chicken Galbi and Assorted Seafood

When the chicken galbi, pork belly and veggies were already cooked through, our server added in some shrimps and squid pieces in the middle and cooked it in butter. While this is honestly unhealthy, I'd have to admit that we love almost anything with butter.

Yoogane Marinated Chicken Galbi, Sliced Pork Belly and Assorted Seafood

All three orders, Yoogane's Marinated Chicken Galbi, Marinated Chicken Galbi & Sliced Pork Belly, and Marinated Chicken Galbi & Assorted Seafood, were placed in this dish. And while this doesn't look appealing both on the photo and in real life, it was nice having the chicken galbi, pork belly slices and seafood pieces all mixed in together. As for the taste, we loved it! This whole dish was so savory and spicy, but nothing too extreme. The chicken and pork slices were also very moist, tender and succulent, while the shrimps and squid pieces were cooked to a perfect softness and chewiness.

Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice P190 with Dokboki P70

For some carbs to go with our viands, we got two orders of the Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice (P190) with a Dokboki (P70) add-on. Our server first cooked the toppings as well as the dokboki or rice cake before adding in the actual white rice.

Cooking Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice with Dokboki

It didn't take long before the fried rice was done. And while this didn't smell as good as the chicken galbi orders, this was definitely more visually appealing as our server even shaped our Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice with Dokboki into a heart.

Yoogane Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice with Dokboki

This fried rice order had the same gochujang-based sauce as the chicken galbi, so it was as flavorful yet not as spicy. It also contained beef bulgogi pieces which makes it an already-nice and filling meal even on its own. Personally, I loved adding in some of the bean sprout banchan with my serving of fried rice as it adds a nice crispiness to it.

Single Order Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice P190

While we thought the two orders of Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice would already be enough for us, we were proven wrong. It was so funny how we really dig in and fight even for the last few grains of fried rice! So in the end, we decided to just order an additional serving of Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice. This time, without a Dokboki add-on. (Not that we didn't like the rice cakes, but we still had some of it left n the chicken galbi.) Unlike the first two orders of fried rice though, this single serving wasn't shaped into a heart. If you're wondering, this is my friend Diana's work of heart. *wink*

Korean Style Seafood Pancake P165

Aside from the spicy dishes, we also got the Korean-Style Seafood Pancake (P165) which was soft and a little omelet-like savory pancake, filled with generous portions of seafood and leeks, and served with an accompanying sweet and salty dipping sauce. While I still think the best haemul pajeon I had was from Sariwon Korean Barbecue, this was also good since we even ended up ordering an additional serving.

Complimentary Yakult

When our meal came to an end, we were given four complimentary Yakult drinks. Although we usually have Yakult at home, I appreciated the gesture since this is indeed a good drink after a spicy and filling meal. For dessert lovers, Yoogane might not have some sweet treats on their menu, but they have a freezer full of Korean ice creams!

HS Friends at Yoogane

I don't always post photos of my day or night outs with family and friends, but this is worth posting. Not only did we enjoy our feisty dinner in Yoogane, but I also had my hair permed. If you're interested to read about my digital perming experience at Azta Urban Salon, then check out my new post over at my personal-cum-beauty-cum-fashion blog.

THE VERDICT

This might be our first trip to Yoogane, but it sure won't be the last. After trying out their chicken galbi, we can really say that it's good and definitely worth coming back for. Ambiance is also very hip and trendy, and despite having a table-top griddle, we left the restaurant smelling as clean and as fresh as when we came in. And on top of the great food quality and cheery atmosphere, our dining experience won't be as memorable if not for the impeccable service we received. There were a lot of diners when we visited, yet the servers didn't fail to assist us and make sure we have our water bottle refilled. I think my only qualm would be the limited choices of dishes on the menu. While it's nice that Yoogane capitalizes on their best-selling dak galbi, it wouldn't hurt to add more variety.

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


Yoogane, IL Terrazzo Mall
G/F IL Terrazzo, 305 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Sct. Madriñan St.,
South Triangle, Quezon City,
Metro Manila Philippines
(02) 966-2348
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38 comments:

  1. I was about to compliment the hair. That looks so good on you Sumi :)

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    1. Thank you so much sis! :D Can't help but include the hair bit on this post.. haha

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  2. Love your new hair! :) I'd love to visit this. I wonder if they have kimbap and ddeokbokki.


    http://www.dekaphobe.com/

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    1. Thanks Michy! Btw, they don't have kimbap and their ddeokbokki is in an add-on form to the dak galbi or fried rice

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  3. Super cute graffiti wall! I'm always invited to visit Il Terrazo but no chance of doing so. There's more than one reasons now to push for it. Thanks for sharing looks like an interesting Korean dining place :)

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    1. Check it out when you can sis! :) We really felt comfortable in the place, and the graffiti makes everything look so hip.. :)

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  4. ang cute ng place! this, i definitely will try! :)

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  5. The ambiance alone is enough to satisfy the palate. I'd love to have some Korean food again soon.

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  6. I really want to eat those Korean's food.I'm one of Korean's movie addict..so that's why I really want also to try their food..to taste how delicious their food is..

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  7. I had already experienced eating Korean's food..it's really taste good.They want spicy's food and really vegetarians ..they rather it those fresh vegetable..

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  8. Natuwa naman ako dun sa last photo mo. Ang galing!

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  9. Wow.. that Gangnam Style captures my attention. he-he! :-D By the way, did I saw bean sprouts? I wonder how it was cook --- because I have bean sprouts here and I have to cook it sooner, just don't know what other way to cook this deliciously.

    And so lots of foods there huh! That close to perfect (since you gave 4/5 average. :)

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    1. Yes, those bean sprouts are part of the banchan :) They're basically boiled and cooked in sesame oil.

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  10. I have never been experienced to taste Korean food.It all looks delicious .Yakult is also my favorite,it is always present in my fridge.

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  11. Almost makes me hungry thinkin about it lol,

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  12. The fact that this one is korean, I think I dont have the nerves to try this one out :D

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  13. Marinated Bulgogi Fried Rice.. interesting. i wanna try this since I cook Bulgogi often but not tried this one yet.

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  14. looks yummy and a very interesting meal. i rarely get to taste korean food. i should try this sometime

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  15. I LOVE KOREAN FOOD!
    I have tried it once but have fallen in love with it immediately :) Bibimbap is a fave!

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  16. I love Korean's bibimbap and Galbi, we might try the place when we visit again.

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  17. i'm not much of a korean food fan but your post made me curious to try it. :-)

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  18. I would to try too hopefully when we visit Pinas one day...Looks delicious food...

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  19. I'm also planning to try that Yoogane! Hopefully soon! Your post made me more excited.. LOL!

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  20. aahh yan pala yung equivalent ng 1st meal ko in korea. hehe it's actually very good. the price - almost the same w5,000 or P190.

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  21. Gusto ko yung design sa wall nila! Gusto ko din ma try ang food nila lalo na yung mga spicy kasi mahilig talaga ako sa maanghang.

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  22. We seldom go to Tomas Morato and it such a shame because there are so many good restaurants there. The bulgogi fried rice is so gah! I want to eat there now but it's 9pm!

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  23. Wow. Thanks for posting this. New korean place to eat + the ambiance is love! :)

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  24. I loved Yoogane too! I liked adding cheese to help nullify the spiciness. We asked for mild na and it was still WILD! We ran to Gong Cha for milk tea to get through the spicy meal. :P

    Sayang lang you smell like spice and leeks na rin when you get out.

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  25. been to yoogane, all I can say is, I love their chicken galbi and the ambiance of the restaurant is cozy

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  26. Yay! It's making me hungry! I want to try their chicken galbi :)

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  27. Haha! Pansin ko lang andaming comment regarding sa hair mo, lol.. Nice nga nman! :)

    Aside from your locks, the Korean-Style Seafood Pancake looks pretty interesting. :)

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  28. try niyo yung dak galbi nila and add mozzarella cheese, mas masarap un

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    1. Yup, we added mozzarella cheese to our dak galbi order on our next visit: http//www.thepurpledoll.net/2013/01/yoogane-dak-galbi-il-terrazzo.html

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  29. been to yoogane yesterday, and saw a lot of new dishes. tried their dulsot bibimbap (one of my all time favorite korean food)

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    1. Wow, they added more dishes on their menu na! :) Will have to visit again soon to try their version of bibimbap. Thanks!

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  30. yoogane is a great place to dine, love their bibimbap

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  31. yoogane is my favorite korean restaurant

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  32. check out yoogane's instagram account "yooganeph"

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