With its sizeable community of Korean expats and students, it’s no surprise that Makati’s Barangay Poblacion is known as Metro Manila’s Koreatown. In this list we’ve compiled some old and new joints in the area that will surely satisfy all your K-ravings from bibimbap to samgyeopsal, and everything in between!
This is your ultimate guide to the best Korean restaurants in Makati.
Kaya Korean Restaurant – Glorietta 2
A classic when it comes to Korean dining, Kaya Korean Restaurant has been a pioneer of authentic Korean cuisine since it opened in 1993. From hungry locals to visiting Korean celebrities, Kaya has become a long-time favorite for many Korean food lovers.
Gaja Korean Kitchen – Poblacion
Gaja is one of the exciting new Korean restaurants in Manila. They aim to take a centuries-old cuisine rooted in tradition and reintroduce it to the Filipino palate by adapting it with modern techniques to suit evolving tastes.
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Soban K-Town Grill – Greenbelt 3
Unlike most Korean barbecue joints which are loyal to tradition, Soban isn’t afraid to be different. Leave it to this modern restaurant to come up with exciting fusion dishes like Korean Tapsilog, Kimchi Fries, or Korean burritos— dubbed Korritos.
Donu Pork & Beef Grill – Polaris St.
Donu Pork & Beef Grill offers unlimited KBBQ and a bountiful buffet area. If you’re not feeling the all-you-can-eat vibes, you can also get your samgyupsal à la carte. They’re also open 24hrs everyday!
Polaris St. Bel-Air, Bel-Air, Makati
Seoul Galbi – General Luna
With two branches standing in Makati, Seoul Galbi has quickly become a crowd favorite. Aside from the good food, they also have incredible service- making them a favorite among Makati regulars and natives.
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5362 General Luna, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
478-4254 / 824-0393
RJ’s Korean Bowlgogi – Buendia
RJ’s Korean Bowlgogi serves Korean favorites like beef bulgogi, ramyeon, bibimbap, samgyeopsal, and many more at affordable prices.
Kko Kko – Paseo Center
Owned by Grace Lee, Kko Kko is a modern restaurant that serves authentic and reinvented Korean favorites that are mostly chicken dishes. Some of their must-tries include the chicken cheese fondue, dosirak, snow chicken, and rabokki. Read our full feature here.
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Samgyupsalamat – Makati Cinema Square
One of the largest and fastest growing Korean BBQ chains in the country, Samgyupsalamat has quickly become a favourite of many with their convenient locations, late night hours, and of course, their delicious meats and banchan.
BigMama Restaurant – Bel-Air
BigMama is an established authentic Korean restaurant with branches in Makati and Parañaque. True to its name, Big Mama provides hearty servings of their food—with refills! Their Fried Chicken is a specialty that’s recommended by its regulars.
Jumong – Poblacion
One of Poblacion’s hidden gems, Jumong is one of the Korean restaurants that will first pop into your mind when craving for this cuisine. We’ve heard people raving about their Galbi Jjim and Pajeon. It’s also open 24/7, perfect for your random, late-night cravings!
Matgalne Korean Restaurant – Kalayaan Ave.
Popular among office goers and friends looking for a quick KBBQ fix after work, Matgalne boasts a wide range of banchan along with their sulit unlimited pork and meat promos. With branches located in Ortigas and Makati, Matgalne is an easy go-to for the working barkada craving KBBQ.
Minsok – Poblacion
An underrated Poblacion find, owned by a Korean couple, serving authentic Korean specialties. Meals start with the traditional banchan appetizers, which are unlimited and free. But what really stands out from their menu are their grilled meats!
No reservations accepted
5655 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
Dong Won Garden – Polaris St. cor Jupiter
Unlike most KBBQ restaurants which are known for all-you-can-eat promos, Dong Won is the ideal restaurant for those with a smaller appetite. You can order ala carte and although the portions here are smaller than average, don’t be fooled- they do not fall short on quality and authenticity.
Reservations are accepted
53 Polaris St. cor Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati
Bornga – Alphaland Makati
Far away from the mall-crowd, Bornga is not your usual Korean restaurant. They don’t serve buffet, instead focusing on the quality of ingredients— they have an impressive variety of greens and generous cuts of the meat.
This authentic Korean franchise does not compromise on authenticity and it has paid off! Their Samgyeopsal, Jap Chae, and Hae-mul Pajeon are considered must-tries.
Fun Fact: Bornga has other branches located in Korea, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan.
Korea Garden – Jupiter St.
Korea Garden is one of the longest standing Korean restaurants in Makati, if not the whole Metro Manila. Not much has changed since they first opened and this lends a charm to the place.
People rave about their Kalbi Chim (beef rib stew) and Nackchi Bogum (spicy octopus). They serve bulgogi in a number of ways including chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp.
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