Good news to Korean cuisine fanatics! The famous restaurant chain in Korea that specializes in chicken galbi since 1981 is now in the Philippines. Yoogane Philippines could be found at the ground floor of Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato.
As we enter the spacious establishment, colorful cartoon drawings were painted on the brick walls with several portraits framed and hanged on it, giving a vibrant and happy atmosphere for diners.
We were initially served with classic appetizers like kimchi, radish and shredded cabbage in tangy dressing.
We ordered for their specialty which is Yoogane's Marinated Chicken Galbi (P210)
An order of this would be enough for 1-2 persons unless you get the one with fried rice which could serve more people. The server would be the one to cook the marinated chicken galbi in front of you until it's completely done. There's an exhaust fan above the iron grill to keep the smoke off the area but it didn't quite help in preventing the smell from getting into our clothes.
Yoogane's Marintaed Chicken Galbi is basically chunks of chicken fillet marinated in Korean red chili paste. It was mixed with cabbage, leeks, Korean rice cakes (Dokboki), and a slice of sweet potato.
This dish was indeed spicy. So for all spicy lovers out there, ordering this is a must. How I wish we had ordered the one with fried rice and an add on of mozzarella cheese (P80) to balance out its spiciness. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed our marinated Dak Galbi.
Beef Bulgogi (P220)
We also ordered for their Beef Bulgogi which is a highly recommended dish especially for those who are not used to spicy dishes.
The Beef Bulgogi was sweet and savory mixed with leeks and onions. Visible amount of fats are included with the beef to make this dish even more flavorful and juicy.
Chap Chae (P200)
Our favorite dish for the night was this smooth and silky glass noodles called Chap Chae. It was mixed with carrots, mushrooms, leeks and few bits of meat, adding colors and texture to the sweet plate of Korean vermicelli.
Korean Style Seafood Pancake (P105)
The only dish that didn't impress us during our visit was this version of the heamul pajeon or Korean Style Seafood Pancake.
It has few bits of shrimp and squid pieces with strips of green onions that already got a slightly burnt taste. The pancake was like a thin layer of scrambled egg that seems to be more like an omelette than a pancake for me. I don't know if it was really supposed to be like that but I must say that I've had better ones before.
After finishing up everything that we've ordered, complimentary bottles of Yakult were given as a sweet and refreshing meal ender.
Yoogane is still on soft opening but we were quite happy on our first visit. This definitely won't be the last. I wish they could add more on their menu and add more appetizers too :)
G/F IL Terrazzo Mall, 305 Tomas Morato Ave.,
Cor. Scout Mandrinan St. Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
Tel Num: 0917-8107179
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/YooganePhilippines