I love my cheese. Be it on pizza, pasta or bread, spread with crackers or slices of meat. I don’t claim to be an expert and I certainly can’t name the kinds of cheese in existence, but I enjoy it nonetheless. So of course I urged Hali to try out the chicken cheese fondue at Kko Kko.
Kko Kko is a modern Korean restaurant with different branches all over Metro Manila. We went to their branch in Festival Mall, Alabang.
Kko Kko Korean Restaurant food review
So without further ado, here’s what we ordered. A half-sized set of chicken cheese fondue (P658). This comes with melted cheese in a bread bowl, chicken (Oh My Garlic flavor, which we’re told is one of their bestsellers), fries (cheese flavor) and onion rings.
We also had a sunduboo jiggae (P198; a stew with soft tofu and seafood which comes with a bowl of rice) and bingsu (P198; Peach Cheesecake).
So first, the chicken cheese fondue. The cheese inside the bread bowl is made up of different kinds of cheeses — cheddar, quickmelt, parmesan and mozarella. The whole set is served in a plate with a small candle underneath, I assume to keep the cheese melted.
The cheese was gooey and delicious as a dip. We also couldn’t resist taking photos as we dipped a piece of chicken, fry or onion ring. This stuff is made for Instagram. Of these three, I like the onion rings in particular because of their crisp, thick coating. The fries are okay — nothing extraordinary but fried well. Meanwhile, the chicken was a bit of disappointment. Hali doesn’t like the sogginess and too-thick flour coating and it didn’t really taste good. We didn’t finish the chicken.
After finishing the fried stuff, there was still a lot of cheese fondue left so I sampled it on its own and with small chunks of the bread. Like I said it’s a good dip, but it doesn’t hold up on its own — the taste was too sharp and it was like a mild version of cheese whiz. So basically we started the chicken cheese fondue set with excitement and ended with a bit of letdown.
A half-sized chicken cheese fondue is good for 2-3 people, in fact it was too big for us already.
As for the sundubbo, it was acceptable try but I’ve had better. I prefer mine with more bits of soft tofu — my order had about 3 slices only and the rest was small clams and shrimp. The soup was mildly spicy but lacking in flavor. I love sundubbo and in fact I had this dish just a few days before our visit to Kko Kko, but I guess not every restaurant makes it equally.
The bingsu is delicious, but it’s expensive given its cup size at P198. We recommend getting your bingsu fix elsewhere. (Bonchon’s bingsu is good and it’s only P99 with ice cream included.)
Verdict: Is it gooey enough?
Here’s what we think about Kko Kko Korean restaurant.
The ambience in Kko Kko is clean and trendy. It’s a little dim even in daylight, I wish they’d provide more light inside.
Service wise it’s also okay. Staff is friendly and attentive. Food is served 15-30 minutes after ordering and the staff informs you this beforehand. (I assume so you won’t be one of those people who agree to wait and then complain online about slow service, not knowing that not everything is fast food…)
Having to try out the chicken cheese fondue is a novelty and we didn’t regret coming here. However, it’s not a restaurant we’d go back to. I’d probably bring my family or friends here for the sake of experience, but if I am craving for cheese or Korean food or both, I might look elsewhere.
That saying, I feel that Kko Kko is a decent try at modern Korean cuisine over all.
Practical information: Kko Kko
Kko Kko has different branches in the following locations in Metro Manila:
- Sapphire Bloc, Ortigas
- UP Town Center
- Market! Market!
- Paseo Center, Makati
- Festival Mall, Alabang
- Ayala Fairview Terraces
- Trinoma, QC
Estimated budget for 2 people: P800-1000
Website: Facebook page
Tip: Sign up for Booky and you can get P300-500 off in selected branches, for a minimum receipt of P1000 excluding service charge. We used Booky for our visit and paid only about P600 for the three dishes mentioned.
Have you tried eating at Kko Kko as well? Did you like it? 🙂