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September 20, 2011

Bulgogi Brothers now in Manila!

September 20, 2011

Bulgogi Brothers now in Manila!

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The first international franchise of Bulgogi Brothers (with 29 branches in South Korea) finally opened in Manila! :)  bulgogi brothers qr code

At first, I thought it was just one of those franchises capitalizing on the booming expansion of International Chains here in the metro. I'm usually not a fan of restaurants based in a mall, but the foodies were abuzz with excitement over the opening of Bulgogi Brothers, so I had to see it for myself.

I was happy that our family decided to try it because it was different. I liked the awesome free appetizers they offered, the unique food combinations with their Korean liquor, and the family-friendly nature of the restaurant. I also loved their focus on service (which a lot of other restaurants in Manila need to improve on).

It was during our visit that I learned how to truly appreciate Bulgogi, particularly through the different ways it was prepared and served, plus how it was paired it with various liquors.  

Here are some foodie notes on what to expect at Bulgogi Brothers...

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The restaurant has a modern feel to it, with its display of wine racks, dark-hued couches, and tables with an induction oven in the center. The menu is crafted very well and is quite appetizing.

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A La Carte Page 1
 and Page 2
Barbecue Page 1 and Page 2
Rice & Noodle, Side Dish
Complete Wine List Page 1 and Page 2
Drinks: Hot Drinks, Liquor, and Bottled Beer

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★ Free Appetizer Plate: Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato (Kamote), and Quail Eggs (Itlog ng Pugo).

Isn't this appetizer plate simple but unique? It's awesome that they serve it for FREE. :)

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★ Free Tea of the Day: Oksusu Cha (Corn Tea).

They also poured some corn tea to get us started. I like how it is different from the usual teas and how it serves as an aperitif (without the alcohol) to prepare your stomach. :)

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 Free Juice Drink for kids! (one serving only).

Before the meal started, Aidan was whispering to me that he wanted to order juice. We just normally order water so that the kids can appreciate the food more and they don't get full with juice.

But guess what? The waitress informed us that kids get a free drink and they are allowed to choose their fruit juice drink. Aidan ordered Mango Juice, which was served in this plastic container.

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★ Free Vegetable Plate: Spinach Salad, Kimchi, and Kangkong. :) 

Similar to other Korean restaurants, Bulgogi Brothers provides unlimited servings of fresh vegetable dishes. The first two are spicy -- Spinach Salad and the Kimchi.

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We loved the Spinach Salad, especially the "magic sauce", which is their signature sweet and spicy sauce that also comes with the Bulgogi. You can order unlimited refills. :)

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With all that free stuff, one has to ask: "What's the catch?" Well, I guess it would be two things.

First, the tiny serving of plain rice is priced close to a cup of Starbucks coffee at P75 + 10% service charge. (But it is impossible to resist ordering rice, which goes well with their really good Bulgogi.)

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★ Bokbunja (P395 +10% service charge)Bokbunja is a rare fruit. It tastes sweet and is good for anti-aging.

Second, with the introduction of Korean Liquor-Bulgogi pairing to you, you can't help but try it out. At P395, the Bokbunja is the cheapest choice. 

I actually like the sharp sweetness of this black raspberry wine with a good alcoholic kick. I underestimated it and finished half of the bottle -- needless to say, I was a bit tipsy after. Aside from being a great match with the Bulgogi, it's a good way to loosen up and have awesome conversions with friends. :)

I think I'm officially addicted to its taste.

Here is the complete list of Korean Liquor available at Bulgogi Brothers.

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★ Unyang Style Bulgogi (6 pcs. - P595 +10% service charge). A famous royal cuisine. Best ordered with Maechousun.

I love these Bulgogi made from the chuck eye roll cut of beef! The marinade was not too sweet -- just the way I like it. This is good for kids, too. :)

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The induction oven on the table is used to cook the Bulgogi. Usually, the meat is cooked well done alongside the onions and sweet potato slices.

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As part of the restaurant service, the attendant cooks the beef in front of you. :)  It can get a bit smoky though; but no worries, the place does have good ventilation somehow.

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The kids get their own plastic plates and the servers are thoughtful enough to cut the meat into smaller pieces for them.

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★ Gwangyang Style Bulgogi (P595 +10% service charge). Seasoned beef with sweet sauce. Served with bean sprout, sesame leaf and green onions. Best ordered with Baekseju.

The Gwangyang Style Bulgogi also gets our vote!

In the menu, they have a Bulgogi Brothers Special for P1,495 (good for 2-3 persons), which is a combination of Unyang with 9 pieces and Gwangyang Style. But I would still recommend getting them separately if you're ordering for 2-3 persons because it comes out cheaper even if you only have 6 pieces of the Unyang.

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The serving size is generous -- it was enough for my wife and me. It certainly looks good when it is cooked. You can even specify if you want the meat to be cooked all at once or not.

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Like the Unyang, this bulgogi is also cooked well done. The meat is well-seasoned and the sweetness is not too overpowering (but you can taste it in every strand). The meat is also lean and does not have much layers of fat.

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It's really good! We ate it straight from the heated pan.

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I love this awesome combination: Bulgogi, Spinach Salad, Magic Sauce and Korean Liquor. :)

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Bekseju (P650). Made from 12 kinds of oriental herbs, including Ginseng. 

Next time, I vow to order this Korean liquor, which was highly recommended by the Korean trainer.

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It was nice seeing a sweet, thoughtful note from our server alongside our bill. :)

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Even with the numerous Korean restos in the metro, Bulgogi Brothers does offer a different kind of bulgogi experience, particularly the liquor pairing. If you are after great food and family-friendly service, why not check it out? :)  Budget P500 - P700 (with liquor)/person.

Thank you to the Bistro Group for bringing this South Korean franchise to the Philippines!

bulgogi brothers qr codeBulgogi Brothers
A Korean BBQ Restaurant
29 Branches in South Korea. The first international location in Manila.
Level 3, Greenbelt 5
Telephone: +632 621-6216, 621-5289 
Email: bulgogibrothers@bistro.com.ph 


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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected in any way with the Bistro Group, the owners of this establishment or the PR group promoting this establishment.

★ Happily recommended :)

P.S. For those who have tried Bulgogi Brothers in Korea, please let us know what you think of this Manila franchise. Any suggestions on what type of Bulgogi to try next time?

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