Article by Desa Tayting | Photos by JP Sium | Graphics by Salie Agustin
Samgyupsalamat means “Thank you for eating Samgyupsal”!
2017’s hype of Korean BBQ madness seems to be continuing on to 2018! Samgyupsalamat, one of Manila’s favorite Korean restaurant, has expanded and reached out to KBBQ fans near Maginhawa, Quezon City, where food parks and restaurants close to the millennial hearts lie. The good news is: you get a free unlimited Korean barbeque meal when you celebrate your birthday with them!
(READ: A Beginner’s Guide to Korean Barbeque)
Samgyupsalamat has always been one of our top choices when it comes to eating all the Korean grilled meat. Their first branches can still be found in Manila, Makati, and Banawe in Quezon City. The name ‘Samgyupsalamat’ was coined from the word “Samgyupsal”, which means pork belly in Korea; and “Salamat”, which means thank you in Filipino. Basically, it means “Thank you for eating Samgyupsal”. The newest branch in Maginhawa opened last year, and it’s perfect for those who want to try something new around the area!
All smiles from their friendly crew
Another interesting note is that this branch is owned by two young entrepreneurs: Karlo Ong, who is just 22 years old, and Lerwin Yap, who is just 21! Don’t get fooled by these numbers as they are very hands-on and always make sure that your Samgyupsal experience is totally worth it. Their staff is very friendly and offers amusingly fast service, too.
It’s a 2-story diner here in Maginhawa branch!
The iconic trio of kimchi, pork belly, and lettuce is always a good idea.
Entering the restaurant is like stepping into a real Korean one. Sing along to your favorite KPOP songs as they play all throughout the day and ready your ‘grams for a nice flatlay of their mouthwatering side dishes. Also, Soju will always be waiting to be served. The place is just perfect for get-togethers of barkadas or families.
Eat your Korean barbeque with either rice or lettuce and side dishes (all unlimited)!
They have some of the best steamed eggs in Manila!
Now, here’s how you can get your birthday treat at Maginhawa branch. You can get a free unlimited meal of 9 kinds of Korean meat with side dishes worth Php499! Just present any valid ID with your full name and birthdate plus tag along 3 paying customers. What a treat!
We ate 3-4 cups of rice with these on top!
For those who aren’t celebrating their birthdays yet and just want to solve those KBBQ cravings, you can choose 2 sets of unlimited meat:
One of our favorites, Bul-jib
Unlimited 1 comes with pork meat such as Dae-pae, Bul-jib, Yangnyum Daepae, Gonchujang Samgyup, and Yangnum Moksal. You can get all of these meats at Php399 from 11am to 3pm and at Php449 from 3pm to 2am.
Dae-pae is the bomb!
On the other hand, Unlimited 2 comes with the pork meat mentioned above plus 4 kinds of beef such as Bulgogi, Beef Samgyup, Yangnyum Beef, and Gochujang Beef.
This set is available for Php449 from 11am to 3pm and Php499 from 3pm to 2am.
Oooh, the sizzles!
To give you a clearer image of the different kinds of meat, here’s a guide:
After a nice burp, head to their ice cream area and pick up something sweet to cap off an amazing meal:
Who says no to ice cream, anyway?
But wait, there’s more good news! There’s no time limit here, so you can eat to your heart’s content. Now tag your Samgyupsal friends and indulge in another gastronomic treat inspired by the land of Oppas!
99 Maginhawa, Diliman
Open daily from 11am – 2am