I owe myself several blog posts. Quite a few things have been happening in the past few weeks, mostly stuff that the world may not care about but stuff I’d like to immortalize other than taking photos. I’ll probably get to them soon, but for now, this is what I’ll be writing about.
My teammates are foodies. Every now and then we’d get the urge to take our lunch break somewhere. So far we’ve done Italian (Aviento), Chinese (Yang Chow), Japanese (Mr. Kurosawa, Omakase) and Filipino fusion food (Serye, that little cafe in Marikina). Today, we tried Korean. Eastwood Mall has Kogi Bulgogi, and since it was fairly new, we thought we’d try that.
The place was small, but it was bright thanks to the lighting of the restaurant and the glass walls that let the sunlight in. Our waitress was attentive, taking our orders quickly and making good suggestions.
We were served some appetizers. Six different ones in small servings. I don’t know what they’re called, really, but I recognized kimchee, and some of the dishes were familiar, like the plate of dilis (probably called by a different name by the Koreans) and toge. There was also something that resembled achara, but I didn’t like it.
Our orders arrive quickly. First came the japchae, a noodle dish that was sticky and sweet, but quickly became one of favorites. Next was the bulgogi, thinly sliced beef and mushrooms cooked in soy sauce, sugar, garlic, onions and sesame oil. I ate that down with garlic rice.
Much like what I saw in many Koreanovelas, the utensils we had were long metal spoons and chopsticks. I had a difficult time with the chopsticks so I opted to use the light, wooden ones.
We also ordered sambap, a dish where you’d wrap rice and meat (in this case, grilled chicken) in a lettuce leaf and dip in any of the sauces that comes with it. It was good, but nothing different from what I’d do at home with lettuce or seaweed.
The meal was very filling. Surprisingly the cost was pretty low too. A lot of the dishes in Kogi cost less than P200. For the three of us, we spent roughly P600. Tea (rice tea, I think) is served free, as well as ice cold ice water. Service is pretty fast and efficient. The servers were quick to clear out table when they see an empty dish, so by the time we were done, they only had to clear the main dishes.
I’d definitely go back to Kogi for another round. There’s still plenty of dishes I’d like to try. Maybe I can bring the family over there next time.