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...
Isn't this appetizer plate simple but unique? It's awesome that they serve it for FREE. :)
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. :)
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.
Similar to other Korean restaurants, Bulgogi Brothers provides unlimited servings of fresh vegetable dishes. The first two are spicy -- Spinach Salad and the Kimchi.
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.)
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
Next time, I vow to order this Korean liquor, which was highly recommended by the Korean trainer.
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!
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
Live an Awesome Life,
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?