Weightlifting Fairy’s Lee Sung-Kyung was just at this Korean BBQ Joint and We’re Freaking Out


There’s no denying that Korean culture has had a huge influence here in our country; from K-Pop to 10-step skincare and of course, their delicious cuisine which makes hearts (and bellies) go bi-bim-bap! Despite all these wonderful things, we’re willing to go out on a limb and say that the prevalent piece of their pop culture here in Manila is their K-dramas.

weightlifting fairy kim bok joo
Photo from IB Times

According to many Korean drama fanatics, their first series (and a common gateway kdrama drug) is the popular coming-of-age Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.

역도요정김복주 노래방 GIF - Noraebang KDrama Korean GIFs

Aside from its innocence and comedic moments, following a group of young athletes trying to find their place in love and life, the star of the show was the titular character Bok Joo, played by Lee Sung Kyung. And one thing that caught all our foodie eyes was her love for food. A mood.

[Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju] 역도요정 김복주 ep.13 A friendly Joo Hyuk. jealous of Soo Jin.20161228 streetfood odeng korea MBC, drama, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju, Weightlifting, Fairy, love, life, Kim Bok Ju, Lee Sung-kyung, Yoo Da-in, Nam Joo-hyuk, Lee Jae-yoon, Kyung Soo-jin, Jo Hye-jung, Ji Il-joo, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, College of Physical Education, diet GIF

Weightlifting Fairy GIF - Weightlifting Fairy Kim GIFs

Of the entire Weightlifting Fairy cast to grace our stages, it’s Lee Sung Kyung who landed in Manila for a fan meet last July 27 in Quezon City. And all fans of Kim Bok Joo will be satisfied to find out that she was spotted eating in (you guessed it) a Korean barbecue spot!

lee sung kyung in manila
Photo from @soban.ktown
lee sung kyung in manila
Photo from @soban.ktown

In its SM North EDSA branch, Soban K-Town Grill was the lucky samgyupsal joint Lee Sung-Kyung, her mother, and her team picked for the night. Upon seeing all the fans lined up outside the restaurant, Lee Sung-Kyung waved and sent finger hearts (a bop) to everyone.

lee sung kyung in manila
Photo from @soban.ktown

Even after being ushered to sit down by a crew member, all that waving wasn’t enough for this queen. And that’s why we decided to stan forever.

Want an idea of what Lee Sung-Kyung ate?

Soban K- Town Grill – multiple branches

Inspired by “K-Town” communities in L.A, New York, and Hong Kong, Soban offers unique Korean-Mexican fusion dishes.

Soban K-Town serves a variety of unique dishes like their K-Tacos (Korean tacos), Kimchi FriesKorilog (Korean tapsilog), and the Korrito (Korean burrito).

Photo from Facebook | Soban.KTown

Even their best-selling samgyupsal set is not what you would expect. Soban’s 6-Flavor Samgyupsal Set is the specialty of the house and it comes with 540 grams of pork belly flavored in six different marinades: fresh, fruity, soy garlic, black pepper, honey spiced, and gochujang!

Photo from @soban.ktown
Photo from @soban.ktown

View menu
View 7 branches
View their Instagram account

If you’re upset that you didn’t get a chance to watch Lee Sung-Kyung eat like Kim Bok Joo here in Manila (like we are), then the next best thing you can do is eat at the best Korean restaurant near you.

If you’ve been having Korean cravings lately, we’ve got you! We’ve come up with this ultimate Korean restaurant list to make it easier for you to choose so you’ll have more time eating and less time searching!


One of the best things of Makati is their melting pot of cuisines so you’re sure to find a number of Korean restaurants and some of them are even open late at night. Traffic can get terrible in the area but the food here definitely makes up for it.

Gaja – Poblacion

Gaja Korean Kitchen offers a contemporary take on traditional South Korean recipes. This is their first branch in the Metro.

Photo from Booky

View menu
View their Instagram account
8445 Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion, Makati
(0906) 493-0799

RJ’s Bowl-Gogi – G. Puyat

RJ’s Korean Bowl-Gogi serves Korean favorites like beef bulgogi, ramyeon, bibimbap, samgyeopsal, and many more at affordable prices.

Photo from Facebook | rjsbowlgogimakati

Buendia Food by the Court, Sen. G. Puyat Ave cor Bautista & Finlandia St., Makati

Min Sok – Poblacion

An underrated Poblacion find, Min Sok is owned by a Korean couple and serves authentic Korean specialties. Meals start with the traditional banchan appetizers and a bulk of it is their delicious grilled meats.

Photo from @hooknorm

View menu
5655 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 895-9586

Dong Won Korean Garden – Polaris Corner Jupiter St.

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.

Photo from @johnmelpalencia

View menu
53 Polaris St. cor Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati
(02) 898-3558;(02) 659-5160

Bornga – Alphaland Makati Place

Far away from the mall-crowd, Bornga is not your usual Korean restaurant. They don’t serve buffet but instead focus on the quality of their ingredients— they have an impressive variety of greens and generous cuts of the meat.

Photo from @bornga.makati.ph

View menu
Alphaland Makati Place, Ayala Ave., Bel-Air, Makati
(02) 519-6980;(0905) 318-8282;(0928) 678-8282

Korea Garden – Jupiter St.

Korea Garden is one of the longest standing Korean restaurants in Makati, if not the whole Metro Manila. If you notice, their parking is always full so it’s best to arrive a bit earlier than usual.

Photo from Facebook | koreagardenph

View menu
128 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati
(02) 895-5443


Taguig is slowly but surely growing its arsenal of restaurants and now already has a number of Korean restaurants up their sleeve from barbecues to fusions, you’ll be surprised to see what Taguig has in store.

Namoo House – Uptown Parade

Namoo House is the local franchise of Maple Tree House, a popular Korean BBQ restaurant from Seoul, Korea. It offers value-for-money premium meat cooked on charcoal grill.

Photo from Booky

View menu
View their Instagram account
G/F Uptown Parade, 38th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 946-3733; (0917) 527-3898

The Cook by Hongleepark – The Forum

The Cook is a new restaurant concept serving Korean-Italian fusion dishes like Bacon CarbonaraSpicy Chicken Steak SaladSeafood Olive Spaghetti and more.

Photo from @hongleepark

View menu
View all branches
View their Instagram account
G/F Forum South Global, Federacion Drive cor 7th Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 562-5273

Yoree Korean Barbecue Dining – The Forum

Yoree is famous for their state-of-the-art Korean barbeque. They also serve set meals and Korean bingsu dessert.

Photo from Facebook | yoreeph

View menu
View all branches
View their Instagram account
U 1-6 The Forum South Global, 7th Ave cor Federacion Drive, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 461-1968; (0929) 466-0032

Sariwon – Bonifacio High Street Central

Awarded “The Best Korean Restaurant” by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Sariwon is also famed for its Legendary Bulgogi and Galbi or Barbecued Beef Short Ribs, with the New York Times proclaiming it as the “The Most Tender Succulent in Seoul.”

Photo from Facebook | SariwonPhilippines

View menu
View all branches
View their Instagram account
UG/F Bonifacio High Street Central, West Superblock, 7th Ave cor 29th St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 621-3205


Pasay is home to one of the best known Korean restaurants chains such as Gen Korean BBQ House. Whether you want to grill-all-you-can or have bibimbap, you can find it at Pasay.

Bibimharu – SM Mall of Asia

Craving for Bibimbap? Japchae? Or some samgyupsal? You can get all that at reasonable prices at BibimHaru Korean Restaurant! They have different kinds of Bibimbap to choose from such as the Seafood Bibimbap, Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap, Fish Fillet Bibimbap and of course Classic Bibimbap that started it all. So say haru to the bibimbap of your choice!

Photo from @soubiagatsuma

View menu
G/F Two E-Com Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
(02) 208-3333

Gen Korean BBQ House – SM By the Bay

Gen is a popular Korean restaurant chain from Los Angeles, California. Best known for its grand grill-all-you-can experience, you can feast on premium samgyupsal (pork belly), chadol (beef brisket), seafood, and more, because you’ve got 20 meat options to choose from!

Photo from Gen Korean BBQ House

View menu
View their Instagram account
Bldg. J, Unit 1-16, SM By the Bay, Seaside Blvd, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
(02) 541-2766; (0917) 621-8249

Jin Joo Korean Grill – SM Mall of Asia

Jin Joo is a restaurant that’s ready to bring something fresh to the table. When you’re finished taking photos of their industrial interiors, neon-lit signs, and pastel furniture, feast your eyes on their famous Jin Joo 8 Flavors with samgyeoupsal in Honey Garlic, Wine, Curry, Herb Soybean, Red Pepper, Nutty, and Smokey BBQ!

Photo from Facebook | JinJooKorean

View menu
View all branches
View their Instagram account
2/F SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Drive, Pasay
(02) 640-2032


Parañaque has a number of Korean places that are quite unique compared to the usual unlimited grills. They do have our favourite grill-all-you-cans but if you want a breather to try something new, Parañaque’s got it.

Kiwa Korean Grill – Solaire Resort & Casino

Far from your usual Korean dining experience, Kiwa Korean Grill is more of an upscale version, serving some of finest traditional Korean dishes and other artisan creations by their world-class Korean chefs.

Photo from Facebook | Kiwasolaire

View menu
View their Instagram account
Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Ave., Parañaque
(02) 888-8888

Big Mama – Aguirre Ave.

Big Mama Korean Restaurant serves delectable Korean food that makes you feel like you’re at home – only with a wide range of options offered a room away. So whether you’re in the mood for samgyupsal or some good fried chicken… feast away!

Photo from Facebook | bigmamarestaurant

View menu
View all branches
179 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 945-0798


If you’re in the area, you don’t need to go far to satisfy your Korean cravings. Muntinlupa has a bunch of Korean restaurants just waiting for you to try.

Meat Here Unlimited Korean BBQ – Weidmann’s Plaza

True to its name, Meat Here Unlimited Korean BBQ offers a no-fuss unlimited Korean dining experience at affordable rates.

Photo from Facebook | meathereunlimitedkoreanbbq

Weidmann’s Plaza, 94 National Road, Muntinlupa
(0905) 213-2056

Soga Miga – Festival Supermall

People from the South have been raving non-stop about this Korean restaurant  in Alabang and we heard that they serve some of the best Korean beef stew they’ve ever tasted!

Photo from Facebook | sogamiga

Festival Supermall, Filinvest Corporate City, Commerce Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 807-3008;(0917) 807-3008


Pasig is probably the city with the most Korean restaurants and some are even at close proximity with each other. If you’re still not sure on where to eat, you could just walk around Pasig and see an abundance of choices right in front of you.

Kko Kko – Sapphire Bloc

Owned by Grace Lee, Kko Kko is a modern restaurant that serves authentic and reinvented Korean favorites such as their Dosirak, Cheese Fondue, and Snow Chicken. 

Photo from Kko Kko

View menu
View all branches
View their Instagram account
North Tower, The Sapphire Bloc Building, Sapphire Road cor Onyx and Garnet St., Ortigas, Pasig
(02) 535-7689

Sibyullee – Ayala Malls 30th

Sibyullee, being the third concept of the Happy Foods Group and award-winning Korean restaurateurs Mr. Sung Rah and wife, Mrs. Yoo Chang, They serves modern Seoul BBQ and street food dishes.

Photo from Facebook | Sibyullee

View menu
View their Instagram account
G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, 30 Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig
(02) 958-6986

Ye Dang – Meralco Ave.

Ye Dang serves some of the most delicious marinated grilled meats in the city. Each meat platter comes with bountiful banchan and your choice of lettuce or rice, so full bellies are a guarantee.

Photo from Facebook | YeDangKBBQ

View menu
88 Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig
(02) 631-9086;(0916) 671-3830

Lee Hak – Kapitolyo

Lee Hak is an affordable Korean buffet that offers DIY Korean BBQ as well as around 100 different ready-made meals and appetizers. The smokey aroma of samgyupsal and chadolbagi will welcome you as you enter, so make sure you have a spare change of clothes or don’t have other plans after eating.

Photo from Facebook | leehakbuffet

View menu
View all branches
Pioneer Center, 8006 Pioneer St cor United and Brixton St., Kaptiolyo, Pasig
(02) 508-7808; (02) 584-3279; (0917) 857-9896


Quezon City is vast so you can be sure to expect this list to keep growing. The city has many pockets of food-filled areas such as Tomas Morato and Maginhawa that it’s impossible not to spot a good Korean restaurant.

Seoul Train Korean Barbecue – Tomas Morato

Seoul Train Korean Barbecue is a locomotive train-themed Korean restaurant that serves fresh OMI chateaubriand, A5 Saga, Kagoshima beef, and USDA beef. They also have 5-6 red wines on pouring to match with their grilled meat and other classic Korean dishes.

Photo from Facebook | seoultrainph

View menu
View their Instagram account
#28 Sergeant Esguerra Ave, near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
(0917) 772-2203; (02) 287-2446; (0918) 841-3197

MOKJA – Maginhawa

It’s almost impossible to talk about food in Quezon City without mentioning the Maginhawa area, and MOKJA has got Korean cuisine covered! This Maginhawa restaurant has become beloved by the neighborhood because of its authentic and affordable Korean buffet that keeps people coming back for more. They now also have a branch in Banawe.

Photo from Facebook | mokjakr

View menu
View all branches
3/F Unit 3A #80 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City
(0926) 696-4855


San Juan is bustling with new eats and classic restaurants way beyond the Greenhills area. It’s also home to some of the most well loved restaurants such as Sodam which is almost synonymous already with “Korean” if you’re from around the area.

Sodam – Little Baguio

Sodam is an authentic Korean buffet best known for its all-you-can-eat grilled meat dishes and other cuisine staples.

Photo from Facebook | sodamrestaurant

View menu
17 Jose Abad Santos, Little Baguio, San Juan
(02) 238-3593; (0905) 393-4190

You could bookmark this article as we’ll continue to keep updating this list to give you the latest on Korean restaurants around the metro.

Did you know that with the Booky app, you can type “PASIG” and other locations to search over 100 restaurants in the area. If you spotted a new restaurant near you, shoot us an email at support@phonebooky.com with all the details.

  • 64

Unlock the full Booky Experience

Get “Buy 1 get 1”, free upsize, and other great offers available only to app users

Download the Booky App