There may have been a lot of chicken places in the metro, but any-way chicken is something I'll never ever get enough of. So when I got invited to try out the newly-opened Koko Buri in Forum South Global at Bonifacio Global City, I knew better not to decline.
Although Koko Buri sounds somewhat Japanese (at least to me), it actually is a Korean fusion restaurant serving not just double-fried chicken, but hotpots, pastas and pizzas as well. Since it was first established in Pampanga, the name of the resto was infused with a touch of Kapampangan -- “buri” means “I like” and “koko” is synonymous to "chicken" (not sure if in Kapampangan dialect too, but it is in Esperanto and Botswana languages).
Thus, Koko Buri is directly translated to “I Like Chicken.”
I haven't been to Koko Buri in Clark, San Fernando, nor Subic, so it's nice that a branch finally opens in NCR. However, unlike those 3 branches which are more casual, Koko Buri in The Fort has been designed to be more posh and sophisticated. Just look at the restaurant's nicely-decorated space! Koko Buri Premiere as the owner calls it.
|Natural Mango Slush (P140) and ✓ Natural Grape Slush (P140)|
While browsing the menu of Koko Buri, I was surprised to see they serve a variety of Western appetizers. I know the restaurant boasts of offering Asian fusion dishes, but I guess it didn't sink in that much until I saw their actual menu.
|Chicken Popcorns (P190)|
|✓ Dori Dori (P260)|
The Chicken Meals
We thought it'd take a while before our chicken meals would be served, but we were proven wrong. Just a few minutes after the server brought our appetizers, they already served our chicken meals, and our table started to look more like a feast.
|✓ Soy Garlic Chicken Meal (P175 Lunch; P245 Dinner)|
|Chili Garlic Chicken Meal (P175 Lunch; P245 Dinner)|
Pasta, Pizza, and Hotpot
Aside from an array of meal starters and 3 variants of double-fried chicken (2 of which we got to try), Koko Buri also offers pasta, pizza and hotpot selections. Being the foodies we are, we wanted to try something from each of these categories.
|Fettucci di Koko Buri (P380)|
|Primavera Pizza (P455)|
|✓ Nagasaki Champon (P595)|
Koko Buri is a very interesting restaurant. I went there without any expectation since I didn't fully understand what kind of food they serve. I'm glad to report that I went out fully satisfied though. Although the Asian fusion menu as a whole still left me a little confused, my palate and tummy were happy with every dish we got to try. The Korean fried chicken alone, which Koko Buri is known for, is enough to make me come back, and I'll be sure to order a full serving the next time!
Overall, I'm pretty happy with our trip to Koko Buri. With good food, friendly, courteous and knowledgeable servers, and reasonable pricing to boot, it won't be long till I find myself at Koko Buri's doors once again.
Ambiance - 4.5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Koko Buri, Fort Bonifacio
2/F Forum South Global Bldg., 7th Ave. cor.
Federacion Dr., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Pavilion 4, Jose Abad Santos Highway,
Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga
Tierra Linda Bldg., Gapan Olongapo Road,
San Fernando City, Pampanga
Harbor Point, Rizal Highway
Subic Bay Gateway Park, Olongapo City, Zambales