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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Matgalne Restaurant: Korean BBQ-All-You-Can Starts at P299!

Whenever I'm craving for meat, the first thing that crosses my mind are Korean BBQ houses. Why, you ask? Well, aside from the scrumptious Korean side dishes called banchan that never fail to whet my palate, I just love the interactive cook-your-own meat dining style. However, lately some Korean BBQ houses are taking the whole experience even up a notch by offering everything, both meats and side dishes, unlimited. One of which I've recently visited is Matgalne Korean Restaurant in Kalayaan Avenue, Makati.

Matgalne Korean Restaurant

Located specifically in Kalayaan Avenue corner Mariano Street, Matgalne Korean Restaurant isn't really a new player in the market. In fact, this Korean restaurant owned by Mrs. Windy Park, opened way back in 2003. And of course, being the meat lovers we are, my friend and I decided to give it a visit last week, especially now that they have a new promo of offering the lunch buffet at only P299! The place and the rate actually reminded me of another Korean BBQ house in Quezon City, Don-Day Fresh Restaurant. One difference though is Matgalne offers lunch from 11:30AM all the way up to 4:30PM. Now, we don't find lunch buffets lasting this long, so it's definitely a good feat!

Inside Matgalne Makati with Griller Matgalne Korean BBQ Restaurant

I'm not sure if Matgalne Restaurant now has an English or romanized signage outside. But if they still haven't put up one yet, here's how the establishment's Korean signage looks like. Frankly, we had a little trouble looking for the place since we don't frequent Kalayaan Avenue. Good thing though, my friend Fel can read Hangul so I was literally asking her to read almost every Korean BBQ house's signage to find Matgalne.

Inside Matgalne Makati

Although I don't mind the non-air conditioned space of Don-Day Fresh, I can't deny I was super happy to find out that Matgalne Korean Restaurant has air-conditioners. It makes grilling and devouring all the more comfortable especially with the very humid summer weather we're having. Oh, another thing I noticed at Matgalne are their BBQ grills. Instead of installing grills onto every tabletop, Matgalne has a separate burner.

The Food

Speaking of grilling, let me already share with you the scrumptious meaty treats we had.

Pork Samgyupsal for Grilling at Matgalne
Unlimited Samgyupsal (pork belly)
Beef for Grilling at Matgalne
Unlimited Chadolbaegi (beef)

Most Korean BBQ places I know offering eat-all-you-can is only for samgyupsal, but in Matgalne, lunch buffet at P299 won't only give you unlimited pork, but even unlimited beef! And with these servings on our table, my friend and I wasted no time cooking them.

Cooking Beef and Pork at Matgalne

We enjoyed taking turns cooking and flipping these beautiful pieces of meat. And this is what I really like about Korean BBQ restaurants... We can cook the meats to our liking -- cooked all the way through for Fel, and a little less done for me. (Both are equally good!)

Samgyupsal Wrap at Matgalne

And here's how we ate our unlimited samgyupsal and chadolbaegi, Korean style -- wrapped in lettuce leaves with kimchi and raw garlic. You can also add condiments like gireumjang (salt and black pepper in sesame oil) or ssamjang (soybean-chili paste).

My Plate at Matgalne

Aside from unlimited meats, Matgalne offers more than 20 kinds of side dishes to make the dining experience more enjoyable. I wasn't able to try everything, but here's a look at my first plate. I guarantee that every item I had was yummy, and they're all MSG-free too!

Buffet at Matgalne More Food at Matgalne

Since I wasn't able to try everything, let me just take you on a virtual tour of the dishes I got to take photos of. I think I missed the Spicy Vegetable Soup with Tofu and Hobakjuk (Korean winter squash porridge) though, but I heard they were good.

Vegetable Wraps
Leaves for wrapping
Kimchi
Kimchi
Mattang (Caramel-Glazed Sweet Potatoes)
Mattang (caramel-glazed sweet potatoes)
Beosot Jeon (Mushroom Pancake)
Beosot Jeon (mushroom pancake)
Ham Jeon (Korean Pancake with Ham)
Ham Jeon (Korean pancake with ham)
Eggplant Jeon (Korean Pancake with Eggplant)
Eggplant Jeon (Korean pancake with eggplant)
Gyeran Mari (Korean Rolled Omelette)
Gyeran Mari (Korean rolled omelette)
Kimbap (Korean Sushi Rolls)
Kimbap (Korean "sushi" rolls)
Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Japchae
Japchae (stir-fried glass noodles with vegetables)
Jumeok Bap (Dried Seaweed Rice Ball)
Jumeok Bap (dried seaweed rice balls)
Kimmari (Seaweed Roll)
Kimmari (japchae-stuffed seaweed rolls)
Ojingeo Bokkeum (Korean Spicy Stir-fried Squid)
Onjingeo Bokkeum (Korean spicy stir-fried squid)
Dak Kang Jung (Sweet and Spicy Chicken)
Dak Kang Jung (sweet and spicy chicken)
Vegetables
Sautéed vegetables
More Veggies
More vegetables
Bibimbap (Korean Mixed Rice) Section
Bibimbap (Korean mixed rice) section
Banana Turon
Banana Turon
I'm not sure if there's something like this in South Korea, but I know a lot of Koreans who love our banana turon! Even my little sister's Korean schoolmates love these.

See? I told you there were a lot of side dishes at Matgalne Korean Restaurant. Among them though, the item I wanted to try the most was the bibimbap. Sadly, I was already too full to do so. I guess this gives me all the more reason for a returning visit. *wink*

THE VERDICT

This trip definitely satisfied our meat cravings. We enjoyed every piece of pork and beef we cooked. And to go along with the carnivorous satisfaction from Matgalne are their wide array of side dishes which are equally great-tasting, very fitting since Matgalne means "masarap" or delicious. Service is prompt and friendly too, and the restaurant itself is definitely comfortable. So for a promo price of P299 for lunch, I say with conviction that this is a steal! Actually, even their dinner rate at P399 can already give very good value for money. So if you're up for a Korean BBQ-all-you-can, then don't miss Matgalne Korean Restaurant!

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

Eat-All-You-Can Rates:
Lunch Buffet (Until June 30, 2013) - P299
11:30AM to 4:30PM
Dinner Buffet - P399
5:30PM to 11PM


Matgalne Restaurant, Main Branch
4768 Kalayaan Ave. Cor. Mariano St., Poblacion
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 890-2949
Open Mondays to Saturdays
Facebook Page

2F Millenium Place Bldg., Meralco Ave.,
Ortigas Center, San Antonio
Pasig City, Metro Manila
(02) 632–9714
Open Mondays to Saturdays

94 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a great deal for a buffet...

    Sa dami ng side dishes kasi parang buffet na din...

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    1. Yup! At part ng side dishes ang rice and noodles ah, kaya di lugi! :D Sulit talaga!

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  2. P299 for a buffet is good enough for me. Never tried eating at a Korean restaurant yet. I wanna try grilling the meat before eating it. It looks so appetizing on your photos. Pero we've tried making our own kimbap na. Great for snacks. :)

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    1. Try to eat in a Korean resto some time! :) I used to not be a big fan of Korean cuisine, but now I love almost every Korean food item, especially Korean bbq ^^

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  3. Uy, the Ortigas branch is just near me! Must try this. Thanks for sharing, Sumi. :)

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    1. Np Michy :) I'm actually planning to go back again, pero imma try naman sa Ortigas branch.

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  4. I <3 Korean BBQ, I want to visit this restaurant ASAP. I can't remember eating turon when I went to Korea. Maybe this restaurant is adapting to Filipino culture

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    1. I think Koreans have developed a liking to our local turon? My Korean schoolmates back then really love eating turon eh :D

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  5. This is what's lacking here in Dubai. A decent Korean restaurant. You can only find them when you go to intercontinental buffet.

    Your photos keep just getting better! Yummmmmyy always =)

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  6. I will definitely try this soon with my better half!

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  7. Thank you so much for this post. Le bf and I is looking for a Korean restaurant we cannot find anything in Megamall.Since they have a branch in Pasig we'll definitely try it. :)

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    1. Now that you mention it, I don't know any Korean restaurant nga inside Megamall.. The closest I can think of is Mr. Kimbob in the food court XD

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  8. wow price is very reasonable! I'm sure my family would love to try it here. =) BTW I love that you're having more korean posts cause we're a big fan.

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  9. Php299? That's a steal na considering it's buffet! :)

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  10. whoah!! I will really try this soon. You know what, Im having a hard time to have verdict with Korea resto as I am really busy frying meats and the side dishes remain unnamed. hahaha!

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  11. wow michy!!! ill go this agad agad! i so love korean food!! :D

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  12. Very good find! Reasonable price and wide selection. I see some fusion of our local foods too. :)

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  13. Wow wow wow! Very affordable and good side dish selections! Actually, we are planning to try this out for another round of our food trip! Now, I'm much more excited!

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  14. Oooohhh they have in Meralco Avenue? Cheat day, here I come!

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  15. This post keeps me drooling ��

    Kaye
    http://myeverydaystruggles.wordpress.com

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  16. Korean food look quite interesting although I have yet to try eating any of the food you posted above. I actually like it that you can prepare your own food and mix&match your choices much like the ones in Koreanovelas hehehe

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  17. haven't tried korean barbebque though we always had korean foods from different resto. should try it very soon! they look so yummy and fun with the family and frends!

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  18. You really have a way with food photos ---- kakagutom! :) Hay sana hubby will be a bit more adventurous with food para I can eat at a Korean resto like this with him. I've tried na before, and I looove how spicy their spicy fare is! And now the Korean bbq is calling me na din. :) He thinks kasi na puro gulay pag Korean food eh, but no, I think the bbq's going to seduce him too. Must show these photos. :D

    Will definitely make kulit the hubs to try this one out.

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  19. Food blogs with the abundance of food photos (like your posts) really make me hungry. I gotta get me some of this! :D Thanks for sharing all these potential foodie haunts!

    Abi
    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com

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  20. I love barbeque all you can set ups ever since I tried them in Taiwan. This one is really affordable and has a lot of choices.

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  21. Yummy food selection for just 299. Fair deal, sulit ang bayad. I like to try out yung Mattang and Dak Kang Jung

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  22. Their food look all promising. Mom would love this restaurant because she just craves for anything Korean. Like later, we will be eating at another Korean. Who knows, this can be the next. :)

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  23. Delicious and mouthwatering. But best affordable I will raid this place next week and thank you for the information:)

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  24. Drooling. And they're affordable ha, hindi na yan masakit sa bulsa seeing that they do have great foods served. I have never tried any Korean foods. This post makes me wanna try real soon.

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  25. Whoa, P299?! Definitely worth a visit. Will try to drop by when I'm near the area. I don't know a lot about Korean food and restos here so thanks for sharing about this. Grabe ang photos, super nakakagutom. Love them!! :D

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  26. yummy! most of the food is new to my eyes but they all looks mouthwatering and worth a try.

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  27. i like korean food... even if I eat them everyday i still like to explore more.. i guess they have a lot of food undiscovered yet.. (by us) hehe... my favorite though is bibimpop...

    i would love to visit this place...

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  28. I visited your blog yesterday. Coz I want to look for good restaurant to pigout for my birthday. And I trust your reviews. <3

    anyway, I never dined at any korean restaurant yet. But I really want to try other cuisines! The foods looks so tasty. With 299 buffet, that's really affordable unlike other buffet. great!

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  29. I have tried affordable buffets before but this one looks a lot better than those.

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  30. Wow! for a 299 Buffet in a Korean Resto is a big steal! I could pick whatever I want and indulge! This is something to look up to and I really hope there's one here in Davao! :D

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  31. Gahhh! This is the place my friends will surely love. I am into Korean BBQ! The price of the buffet per pax is so sulit.

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  32. It's super affordable! I'm not sure if I'm now open to the idea of cook-your-own especially with kids around but I think I'll try this, everything looks yummy esp the meat slices. =)

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  33. cool! meron din palang bibimbap! yipee!
    will share this with friends since mas malapit sa office namin, never knew na meron palang ganito sa makati, sa don day palang natry ko.

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  34. I love Korean food. I'm glad to know that there are already Korean restaurants that are offering buffet. I really want to try this restaurant. =)

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  35. For 299, it's a winner! Affordable for an experience to cook-your-own meat dining style in a restaurant sweetens this deal :)

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  36. Kimbap (Korean "sushi" rolls) looks yummy,and the foods are affordable!

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  37. I love Korean food too my favorites are Bibimbap, Japchae, Beef Boulgogi, BBQ & Kimchi.. <3 :)

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  38. wow that was very affordable, looks great hope to try those food

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  39. Hmm according to the vouchers 25% at 299 php for lunch... misleading ah

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    1. Haha.. Not really naman. Yung P299 lunch rate is until end of June lang. But if I'm not mistaken, sa vouchers until Aug/Sept pa ata. After June, alam ko balik na sa normal rate na P399 for lunch :)

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  40. Yay! Another must try buffet! And Korean dishes pa. Thanks Ms. Sumi! :)) I'll ask my bf to bring me there.

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  41. WOW i visit this one this holiday season

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  42. I love it! I want to try it out soon and not to mention its very affordable!

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  43. A Korean experience that is suited in anyone's budget.

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  44. Budget friendly!♥ I'll visit this soon!:)

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  45. Wow want to try it soon w/ my Family...^_^

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  46. I really want to try this Korean cuisine! Budget friendy and look so yummy! :)))

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  47. The presentation looks so yummy.Hope i tried that cuisine too.I love veggie food.Sad to know that buffet promo is valid only until June 30,2013.Wishing there has a branch near in our place (Tarlac)

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  48. I agree to Miss Marsha. The presentation is so enticing one look of it gusto mo na agad subukan lahat. Plus speaking of the price that it's only Php299, it's not bad for the pocket. I'm gonna tell my friends about this. ;)

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  49. wow, these photos are so crisp, the meat and veggies looks all so fresh and tasty, these only show they only serve the best for their customers, wish they have one here in the south! :)

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  50. wow grabe sarap naman ng food.. i wanna try korean food din. too bad the place's too far from me.

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  51. Matgalne Restaurant's eat-all-you-can rate is very affordable.

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  52. A must-visit. Affordable and looks yummy.My kind of restaurant.

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  53. Wow! Grill all you can koren bbq! Korean food/resto are all over. Suddenly the popped up like mushrooms and we patronize them. I hope foreigners also patronize our food around the world!

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  54. I love Korean food!!!Would love to try this resto when I happen to drop by in Makati

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  55. this is very affordable. i want to try :)

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  56. Wow, this is definitely worth it! Hope to try it soon! :)

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  57. Thanks for this post. I was really excited about the unlimited beef.. I'm a beef lover and I would love to try their dishes! :)

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  58. seeing this post made me hungry :) yearning for the foods here... almost feeling the taste, hahaha... i'm not a pork lover so i'm missing the chicken here. is it available? hope to visit this place in the near future... sana same price pa rin :)

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  59. This is good. A buffet which is fairly affordable

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  60. Holy cow! Thanks for posting this. This is a great discovery. I love Korean food and their price is great pa. I hope they don't raise their prices soon. Checking this out soon for sure. Thanks!

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  61. My friends and I visited this place and we were all amazed! Love the food and of course the price of their buffet. You are though, they need to put English signage, we were lost and I have to check your blog post to make sure that this is the correct restaurant. :)

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  62. I hope I get my hubby to try this place with me, he's not really the adventurous type of eater, but this one seems to offer a great deal! :)

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  63. I'm glad I found this post, I'm looking for a place to bring my daughter on her birthday and she loves korean food and its par with my budget and it has a branch in ortigas now Im decided that this will be our stop on her birthday. Everything looks so appetizing great post.

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  64. thanks for this blog.. you give me an idea.. nice place.. the food is affordable...

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  65. I sooo love your photos! Everything looks vibrant! I've also tried Matgalne, the one in Meralco Ave. I became a fan of Korean cuisine since then.

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  66. I love to try dining in a Korean Resto, sulit ang bayad, yummy!

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  67. Wow! This place is nice and I want to try their foods. It looks delicious and yummy! hehe :)

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  68. MmMM.i now drooling,but havent try any korean resto b4,pero tingin ko sa pix pa lang tlgang yummy na! ;)

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  69. I'm not much of a fan for korean food but this review makes me want to give it a second try to explore new dishes i haven't tried yet. Good pictures as always :)

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  70. I think don day is better, because they have more varieties in their side dishes

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  71. Price is quite reasonable. I want to try this resto.

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  72. Interesting place and affordable price for a buffet family experience!

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  73. I want to try this with my friend jamie..She will love this. Because all this food is her favorite.

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  74. Wow, I wanna try Matgalne with sissy (who is obsessed with everything Korean). Php299 only?! That's a great deal I can't say 'no' to!

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  75. A nice place to try out with my friends and my bf. A new dating experience. Never been to a korean restaurant before, this is great thanks!

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  76. wow,. nice place,. nakakagutom yung itsura ng food,.

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  77. this place is nice,. wanna try,. i love eating BBQ,.

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  78. I love Korean bbq and i did not know its there is already an eat all you can buffet for only 299. Will definitely try this place if we are somewhere near Makati.

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  79. Woah, korean bbq, want to try this out!!!!

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  80. wooowww!! ever since fan na talaga ako ng K-pop so syempre pati food nila gusto ko din i-try !!! nakakalaway po talaga to !! yummy !!! :DDD

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  81. Is the price still the same? I want to try this out. I've been finding some good Korean restaurants around Ortigas pero they we're too expensive. I wanna check this out.

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  82. Wow! We will give this one a try! Very helpful article indeed :)

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  83. I've tried Matgalne with my family and we enjoyed all the dishes esp. the grilled meats, value for money I must say!

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  84. I would really love to eat there! I bet there food's delicious!

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  85. From their Facebook page:
    "Unlimited beef brisket and pork belly, plus unlimited access to the buffet for only Php 399!"

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/matgalne/photos/a.131571730376036.1073741830.131532577046618/289988927867648/?type=1

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