I'm actually not too keen on eating at korean restaurants. There are just a select few that I really enjoy eating in, like that obscure korean restaurant back in Cavite during my college days where the nice Korean lady always gave us second helpings of her side dishes and the bigger korean restaurant that emerged in the same area a few years later. Their cheese ramyeon was THE BEST.
Anyhow, when the BF urged me to try Mak Chang Korean Restaurant in Ermita, Manila, I initially decline saying I preferred a different cuisine that time (me and my mood swings). I gave in at the end though and was I glad that I changed my mind! When we entered the restaurant, it was surprisingly spacious and well-ventilated (a must when restaurants have dishes that require cooking right on your table).
Based on the reviews and recommendations, we ordered the Beef Galbi (Php650) and SamKyubsal (Php300). We were served with several side dishes as well which included soup, scrambled egg, kimchi, sweet potato, and this spicy onion salad that made everything taste better!
I love love LOVED the Beef Galbi! The meat was tender and juicy. In fact, I could have eaten it on its own without wrapping it in lettuce or dipping it in sauce. I wish we ordered another serving of Beef Galbi instead of the SamKyubsal. The Samgyupsal was alright, though the meat was a bit hard to chew after it was well cooked.
Service was amazingly fast despite the number of diners that night. We went on a weekday around 6pm. There were a lot of Koreans dining there as well, so you know it's a good restaurant! The waitstaff were efficient and friendly as well.
I'm glad I was able to try this restaurant. I'm surprised I never heard of Mak Chang before now. I would like to try their other dishes when I dine here again!
Do you have any good korean restaurants to recommend?