The international Korean food franchise Bulgogi Brothers opened at the Mall of Asia last August 6 with a very irresistible offer: 50% off the diners’ food bill when you dine on the day.How can we say no, right? We arrived in time before the dinner peak hours and actually had to wait for a table for a few minutes. I saw some Korean managers hovering around which assured me that we were not going to have an American version of kimchi 🙂
I did see how some people went wild with their orders, like the guys at the table next to us who probably ordered half of what was on the menu. I espied one helluva serving of bulgogi which you can grill right on the table.I mainly like Korean food for deftly combining meat dishes with vegetables.
We always eat light for dinner but how can you do this when the plate of appetizers begin with kamote (sweet potato), corn & quail eggs. I liked the steamed corn the best… it was sweet & easy to the bite.
As with any other Korean restaurant, it was banchan all you can! For me, this is what makes eating Korean so worth it… because of the banchan (small plates or dishes served) I’ve had better banchan elsewhere but the ones in BB (Bulgogi Brothers) can pass: kimchi, spicy eggplant, pickled radish and some salad.
I ordered bibimbap (P395), my favorite Korean dish at the moment. Served in a warm stone bowl, it contained a healthy serving of rice and my favorite veggies which you can mix together with gochujang sauce (chili pepper paste). The best thing about this bibimbap was the sliced beef that came with it. It was tasty and very tender. I wished there were more in my bowl 😉
Hubby had the dish which he never fails to order in a Korean restaurant: piping-hot kimchi chigae (or jjigae) – P395. This was one well-balanced soup containing sliced kimchi, tofu, some other veggies and meat. The broth was very good. I’d give their chigae version the thumbs up!
We washed down our meal with the free jug of corn tea which was brought from our table at the start.
Service at Bulgogi Brothers MOA was kinda slow on the first day but this is really forgivable since they’re still adjusting to their operations. Otherwise, the server was very attentive and never failed to give us the freebies (banchan, tea). I look forward to coming back & trying the other dishes on the menu. Although honestly, I still prefer traditional Korean restaurants … somehow, an old Korean lady manning the till just seems more authentic 🙂