Not a fan of korean food, but am a fan of value for money establishments so when our friends raved about how ‘sulit’ this restaurant was, who were we to refuse?
Soban K- Town Grill is a collaboration between Sariwon Korean Barbecue and Happy Foods Group of restaurants. The word Soban means small tray or table. They promise to serve not just korean delicacies but also American and Mexican comfort food fused with traditional Korean ingredients, which was inspired by K-Town Communities in Los Angeles. And of course, they did not miss the opportunity to make their version of our very own silog, with korean twist.
Their interiors reminded me of a steampunk feel because of their well-put grill exhaust. It’s efficient and classy at the same time. You won’t feel out of place even if it’s your first time being there because their staff will guide you every step of the way. If you’re not familiar with the food, like me, don’t hesitate to ask.
If you’re in the mood for some korean barbecue, Soban should be on your list. They offer sets for sharing (3-4 people) and solo. We ordered Woo Sam Gyup (₱390 / ₱450) and Soy Garlic Samgyupsal (₱355 / ₱405). Solo sets are available in 120g and 180g. Each set includes side dishes – which are kimchi, korean paste, raw garlic, bone marrow soup, omelette, potato salad, and what I’m guessing is a pa muchim (shredded scallion salad). They will also provide unlimited rice and fresh lettuce that gives you option whichever way you want to eat your meat, wrapped or just on top of the rice or even both. You can upgrade your white rice to kimchi rice for only ₱20, it’s also unlimited.
Samgyupsal set or grilled pork belly, is available in original, fruity, and soy garlic flavor. Be warned though for those who have a sensitive tongue, that their soy garlic has a strong raw garlic flavor unlike the subtle ones offered in fast-food korean restaurants. In my case, I loved it.
Another set that we ordered is the Woo Samgyup or beef belly (bacon cut) in 120g. It comes with two sauces – sesame sauce and a special sauce. Make sure you try them both for the whole experience.
The only thing I wanted was more meat! It would’ve been perfect if the meat’s unlimited too but that would be greedy of me. Everything tastes awesome from the meat to the side dishes. I just wish the soup can stay warm but you can’t really blame anyone, so slurp it while it’s hot and just ask for a fresh one again, it’s unlimited afterall.
If ever you’re not in the mood for their BBQ, you can try their tacos, korrito, kimchi fries, or even their desserts. They also have alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available at any time. Though we have yet to try them, it would be something to consider next time.
Will we go back? It’s as clear as korean skin, yes.
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