Chadolbagi, Bibimpap, Samgyeopsal, Kimchi, Pajeon, Dakdoritang, Sweet Potatoes, and a lot more. I super love Korean food mainly because it’s healthy (full of veggies), and spicy! (yes, I’m a big fan of extra spicy foods).
Recently, Matgalne Korean Restaurant, one of the pioneer korean places in Makati invited Jon and I for their Bloggers’ Appreciation Night. It is located specifically in Kalayaan Avenue corner Mariano Street- easy to find, just look for St. Giles Hotel and Matgalne is just across the street.
Matgalne has the “homey” feeling inside. It just feels like you are eating in a traditional Korean home. It has a buffet table with several side dishes, vegetables, and condiments. It is also airconditioned so no worries about makeup melting all over your face.
First, we were served with Miyeok Guk (“Miyeok” means wakame, and “Guk” means soup). It is made from a sea vegetable called wakame which is known to be a great source of calcium and iodine. Because of its nutritious value, it is widely consumed in Korea. For me, it tastes clean and clear- with a seafood flavor.
The next dish- Dakdoritang, is a special one since Ms. Windy, the owner, cooked it just for us. According to her, it’s like the Filipino Adobo but not Adobo. It is made of chicken, chunks of potato and sweet potato, and red sauce. Honestly, this is one of my favorite dishes of the night. It’s sweet and spicy,the chicken is so tender and flavorful, and the potatoes + sweet potatoes are mushy which adds more to the texture of the dish. Truly, nothing beats a dish cooked wih love.
The biggest selling point of Matgalne is its price. For 299 pesos, you can BBQ-All-You-Can + all dishes served in the buffet table! Meaning, you can eat as much Samgyeopsal(grilled pork belly) as you want! Imagine how budget friendly their offer is! For those who also wants to add beef, you can just add 100 pesos, and have both Samgyeopsal and Chadolbagi unlimited for only 399 pesos!The beef/pork is on a per order basis so you are sure that the meat is served fresh! Please take note that aside from the unlimited meat, you can also eat the banchan in their buffet menu which includes lettuce, kimchi, sweet potatoes, seaweed rice, and a lot more.
I’m such a lover of Samgyeopsal and Chadolbagi. Personally, I like Samgyeopsal more especially if you try to toast and make the sinful pork skin crunchy! The usual way of eating this is placing the pork or beef strips in a lettuce, placing stir fried onions and garlic , put some red sauce, then dip it in sesame oil with pepper, salt, and sugar! Yummy!
Aside from the meat, I also like their Sweet potatoes and Seaweed Riceballs. The sweet potatoes are like the traditional Camote-Q we have in the Philippines, the only difference is that it is more mushy and the sugar glaze is soft. I can finish a whole plate of this because it is really delicious! The riceballs on the other is a good partner for the BBQ. It’s easy to eat and at the same time, the seaweed adds a salty, healthy, sea flavor to your meal.
The Matgalne feast was ended by a Thank You Korean Ice Cream Sandwich by the hosts! Defnitely adorable and delicious!
Overall, it was a yummy feast night. Thanks for the whole Matgalne family for the event and opportunity to try and taste your product!
Madaldal Kid’s Rating:
Value for Money:9/10
Place and Ambiance: 8/10
Matgalne Korean Restaurant
Store Hours: Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Matgalne Restaurant, Main Branch
4768 Kalayaan Avenue Corner Mariano Street, Poblacion,Makati City
Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel #: (02) 890 – 2949
2F Millenium Place Bldg., Meralco Avenue
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Pasig City, Metro Manila
Tel #: (02) 632 – 9714