September 4, 2012

Bulgogi Brothers Korean BBQ Restaurant- Classic Favorites and New Menu Additions!

Bulgogi Brothers is a Korean franchise brought to us by The Bistro Group and Creative Restaurant Concepts Inc., who also operates Flapjacks, Pig Out, Krazy Garlik TGI Friday's, Italianni's, Fish & Co., The Stock Market, Bulgogi Brothers, Ma Maison and Village Tavern. To date, Bulgogi Brothers has branches in Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center and SM Mall of Asia- their newest branch in the Metro which we were privileged to try out. 

Upon entering the place, we were greeted by courteous and friendly staff who also ushered us to our seats. The interior and lighting renders a warm and cozy feel coupled with colorful Asian paintings on the wall. 

As we settled comfortably on our seats, we were served with a complimentary platter of sweet potatoes, quail eggs, and sweet corn.

Aside from that, we were also served with complimentary hot tea of the day which is Bori Cha or Barley Tea. More appetizers/banchan came in like the mixed salad, kimchi, spicy eggplant, and my personal favorite which is the pickled kangkong.

Our dinner started off with Bulgogi Brothers' Ala Carte Favorites.

Dubu Steak (P245-6 pcs./P395-8 pcs.)

Dubu Steak are 6 or 8 pieces of fried crispy tofu and crunchy bean sprouts topped with seasoned beef and teriyaki sauce. Being a tofu lover, I really enjoyed this dish so much. The outer layer was nicely crisp yet leaving the inner part still soft and silky. I'll definitely order this again every time I dine in Bulgogi Brothers. 

Haemul Gungjung Mandu (P450-6 pcs./ P675-10 pcs.)

The Haemul Gungjung Mandu are fried dumplings with seafood such as mussels, squid and shrimp.  We were told that these dumplings actually came from Korea, and indeed, these tasted authentically delicious! I love how crispy the whole wrapper was with meaty fillings and some glass vermicelli. For me, it's already good on its own even without dipping it into the spicy sauce. Truly a best-seller! 

Hanbang Suyuk (P550)

Hanbang Suyuk is an order of thinly-sliced boiled pork served with kimchi, roasted garlic and chives. Proper way of eating it is wrapping all the ingredients together in lettuce and top it with your preference of chili and soybean paste or salt and pepper to taste.

Bulgogi Burger (P295)

Yes, we are still in Bulgogi Brothers and not in Friday's. A Korean version of the classic American Burger, Bulgogi Burger is their homemade burger made with flavorful unyang style patty with signature sauce, fresh vegetables and cheese. This is actually the same beef patty as their famous heart-shaped Unyang beef. It was so soft that you would not even need to exert great effort to slice it in half. A kid's favorite as Executive Chef Chang Kyu Kim explained.

Haemul Pajeon (P450)

Heamul Pajeon is a Korean style pancake with seafood and green onions. It has generous amount of seafood fillings as compared to other pajeon I've tried before. 

Moving on with Bulgogi Brothers' healthy and hearty Soups and Stews.

Kimchi-Jigae (P395)

Kimchi Jigae is a best-seller of spicy stew made with ripened kimchi, pork, vegetables, Tteokbokki  or Korean rice cakes and tofu. A hot stew that has a nice balance of flavors with spiciness not too overpowering to the taste. It is perfect for both kimchi and spicy lovers out there.

New Menu Additions!!!

Galbi Tang (P420)

If you're not into spicy soups and stews, then Galbi Tang is for you. A newest addition to Bulgogi Brothers Menu, this clear and hearty traditional soup is made of spareribs, glass noodles and healthy Korean herbs to boost up one's stamina. It is like our version of nilaga or bulalo that is light yet filling. 

Yuk Gae Jang (P380)

Another new addition is the Yuk Gae Jang or spicy soup with shredded beef, herbs, tofu and vegetables like green onion, eggplant and beansprouts. I enjoyed this soup so much as the spiciness of the soup was tolerable even for non-spicy lovers. The assorted vegetables also gave a nice crunchy bite to the flavorful soup. 

Now, for the best part, Bulgogi Brothers' best-tasting Barbecue dishes. 

Bulgogi Brothers Special (P1,495)

Bulgogi Brothers Special is a combination of the Unyang Style and Gwangyang Style Bulgogi. An order could be shared by 2-3 persons or even more as it comes with 9 pcs. of the heart-shaped Unyang Bulgogi and generous slices of the seasoned beef Gwangyang Bulgogi.

Unyang Style Bulgogi (P595-6 pcs./P995-12 pcs.)

A famous royal cuisine, the Unyang Style Bulgogi is the famous heart-shaped beef patty from Bulgogi Brothers. It is a soft and tender patty with moist and crumbly texture that almost melts in your mouth. Servers would happily do the cooking for you and indeed treat you like royalty all throughout your Bulgogi Brothers' dining experience. 

Gwangyang Style Bulgogi (P595)

Gwangyang Style Bulgogi on the other hand is seasoned beef with sweet sauce, served with crunchy beansprouts, sesame leaf and green onions. This is my favorite of the two kinds of bulgogi as it has a much sweeter and savory taste of the beef. I also like the texture which was tender yet firm with the right amount marbling of fat.

Bulgogi Brother Drinks

Kiwi Ade (P140) Misutgaru (P150) Yuja Ade/Citron Ade (P120)

Bulgogi Brothers serves various fruit juices like Kiwi, Mango and Grape Juice, Lemon, Citron and Plum Ade that's equally sweet and refreshing. But I was more interested in trying out the Misutgaru as recommended by our server Rowella.

Misutgaru is roasted rice powder made out of mixed ground grains typically served cold. Taste was unsweetened with rich and thick sandy/grainy texture especially at the bottom part of the glass. It took a while for me to appreciate the nutty taste of the traditional Korean drink as it was a very unusual drink for me. If you're the adventurous type of person, then you have to try this!

And just when we thought our sumptuous Korean feast was over, a basket of assorted Korean ice cream were presented to us.

I got myself this fish-shaped vanilla ice cream sandwich with red bean paste. A favorite of mine that we usually buy in Korean groceries along with the other best-seller-Melona.

Bulgogi Brothers Menu:

My first Bulgogi Brothers experience was truly a blast! Aside from the mouth-watering Korean classic dishes we've tried, we were also the first to sample few of the latest addition to Bulgogi Brothers menu.  It was a night of great food shared by great company! Can't wait to visit Bulgogi Brothers again! :)

Bulgogi Brothers

SM Mall of Asia
2nd Level, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia
Pacific Drive and Ocean Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay

Greenbelt 5
3/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St
Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 621-6216

Alabang Town Center
LG/F Alabang Town Center, New Wing, Alabang Zapote Rd
Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 919-6840

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