You may have read me post about my first time eating in Yoogane when we wen to Seoul in April. This time I got a chance, together with other bloggers, to sample their food at the 1st Philippine branch of Yoogane, located at the ground floor of Il Terrazo Mall in Tomas Morato.
The restaurant looks bright and cheerful with quirky murals on the walls. Shiny exaust pipes serve both aesthetic and functionality. This is far nicer than the branch we ate at in Myeongdong, Korea, which was a bit old with its low ceiling and dark lighting and furniture.
3 plates of appetizers were served, salad, kimchi and pickled radish. Its the same exact ones the serve in Korea its just that they have stations scattered throughout the restaurant where you can get as much as you want, here you can just sit and ask the wait staff for more.
We were left to order what we wanted, since there was 4 of us in the table, we decided to get one of each from their Chef Specialties and just share among us.
The first thing they cooked was the Yoogane Marinated Chicken Galbi (P210/person) with extra Mozzarella Stufffed Dokboki (P90). Those cheese stuffed dokboki were really, really good. It helped to temper the spicy dak galbi a bit.
Next was Marinated Chicken Galbi & Marinated Pork belly (P220/person) with Ramen (P70) and Golden Mushroom (P80).
Char-grilled Chicken Galbi (P220/person) with extra Mozzarella Cheese (P80). The was the least spicy, but still super spicy for me. The cheese makes the dish gooey and a joy to eat while also helping to alleviate some of the spiciness.
Last to arrive, since they cooked this in another table, was the Marinated Chicken Galbi & Assorted Seafood (P240/person) with Rice (P40). See those dark red sauce on top of the add ons, those are called fried rice sauce and they are also spicy, we sadly found out about this after our meal.
Grilled Pork Belly Strips (P180) and Chap Chae (P200) are two of their non spicy dishes. We were so glad to rest our battered taste buds with these two. They still have a couple of non spicy dishes but they are not Yoogane’s specialties.
Tongues burned out from all that spicy food, we welcomed the complimentary Yakult they give away to diners to temper our taste buds. I don’t recall them giving this out in Korea, I wonder if this is done only in the Philippines.
Yoogane Philippines successfully brings the flavor and taste of the original, including all the spiciness, to our shores. There are lots of combination with main dishes and a plethora of add ons for you to mix and match. People who love spicy food will definitely be at home here. A tip for those who don’t have as high a tolerance is for them to remove the fried rice sauce on the add ons.
Yoogane PhilippinesG/F Il Terrazo Mall
305 Tomas Morato cor Sct. Mandrinan,
Quezon City 966-2348
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