Since we are already in the subject of Korean food, allow me to go the extra mile and introduce an authentic Korean restaurant in the Quezon City area called Metro Seoul. This restaurant is located in the heart of what has been informally called “Korea town” by the locals, Brgy Holy Spirit, Fairview, Quezon City. Since the 1990s, Koreans have settled in this neighborhood because of its proximity to the University of the Philippines, a place where many Koreans believe to be a source of brilliant and cheap English tutors.
Having worked with them in the past, I learned that Koreans are very particular about their food. To them, it is tantamount to their survival. Koreans are like fish out of water if they are made to live, work and study without being able to eat their food. Thus, the mushrooming of restaurants in the area, made to help these life in a foreign country a whole lot easier for most of these Korean students who were out on their own for the first time.
The place is called Metro Seoul and it is owned by a Korean lady whose family is here because her children are studying to become good English speakers. The restaurant uses local bahay kubos but there is nothing Pinoy about it at all. It is the quintessential Korean garden restaurant where service is highly personalized and privacy is given a premium, but could be had at no extra cost.
In each one of these “cabanas” there is a huge table, an electric fan and a buzzer. Benches surround the table giving it a very communal feel, just right when sharing Sam Gyop Sal or Bulgogi. You can be rowdy and not offend the people in the other cabanas. Noise is not necessarily muffled but the distance between cabanas helps drown it out. Many of their dishes are of sharing portions for prices that are easy on the budget. For instance, a P700-peso order of Sam Gyup Sal will feed 3 persons with ravenous appetites, but also enough for 4 to 5 persons who have modest appetites.
I highly recommend Metro Seoul Restaurant located along De Leon St, Brgy Holy Spirit, Quezon City. You call them at (02)430-2233 or (02)430-4455.