We’d been hearing about Romantic Baboy for a while now, but up until this November there weren’t any branches in the south. They’d just recently opened one in BF Homes Paranaque, so Hali and I went there for dinner!
Here’s our review of Romantic Baboy samgyupsal restaurant.
Unli Korean BBQ at Romantic Baboy
We arrived just before 6PM in Romantic Baboy – Paranaque and there was still a lot of empty tables. This was a plus point for me because last time Hali and I went for samgyupsal (specifically in Samgyupsalamat in Alabang Town Center), we had to wait an hour and, by the time we were seated, I was already ravenous and grumpy.
The setup here is just like other samgyupsal restaurants — there’s a huge grill in the middle, small plates of side dishes and a basket of lettuce. Romantic Baboy is a bit different in that the grill here also has section for kimchi, egg and cheese.
For P499, you get unlimited choice of 8 types of pork and beef, which includes plain and marinated flavors. You can choose from the following:
- Herb samgyupsal (herb-flavored pork belly)
- Woo samgyup (thin slices of beef brisket)
- Moksal (seasoned pork neck)
- Daepae samgyupsal (thin slices of pork belly)
- Yangyum galbi (marinated pork ribs)
- Bulgogi (sweet marinated Korean-style beef)
- Spicy beef (thin slices of beef dipped in spicy sauce)
- Curry beef (thin slices of beef dipped in curry sauce)
Here are photos of some their meat selection:
For the banchans, the spread includes kimchi, coleslaw salad, scallion salad, fish cakes and jap chae. I read that other branches of Romantic Baboy also serve fried chicken, but it wasn’t as option when we dined in.
Aside from these, samgyupsal staples are readily available: rice, lettuce and gochujang jiggae (spicy soup).
We tried to order as much in one sitting — or as much as 2 people could eat anyway.
Let’s start with the banchans. I like the steamed egg in the side grill. It was light, fluffy and creamy and it neutralizes the strong flavor of samgyupsal in the mouth. Hali didn’t have any favorites but he loved the melted cheese dip which is also served on the grill. He asked for 2 refills, while I don’t care for it much. I like cheese as much as other people, but I feel that a lighter-tasting cheese would be a better fit because this one overpowers the meat taste rather than complements it.
I also like the soup — the flavor and spiciness is just right.
Now, let’s move on to the star of this restaurant: the meats. We like herb samgyupsal and spicy beef the best. The herb samgyupsal is given as a thick slab and so it cooks longer, so if you’re already hungry you might want to leave it for last. The spicy beef isn’t spicy at all and it’s very delicious.
Yangyum galbi is sweet and okay-tasting and the beef brisket is average.
I actually wanted to order more flavors, but at the end we played it safe and just ordered more spicy beef. After an hour, we were so full we couldn’t stand up.
Overall, we had a nice meal here at Romantic Baboy. Like I said, it’s a huge plus that we got seated early and the queue here wasn’t long. I think it’s important to choose a buffet or other unli-dish restaurant that offers a relaxed ambience so you can pace yourself when eating, and this fits the bill.
Service-wise, they give refills quite fast and they are very attentive. It’s easy to get the attention of the staff. At the end of our meal, we were given a rose. How romantic! (We gave it to our cat, Mingming, at home.)
About Romantic Baboy
Romantic Baboy is a popular unli samgyupsal restaurang with several branches across Metro Manila.
Romantic Baboy offers unlimited options (8 types of pork and beef) for P499 per person.
It also has ala carte items including ramyun, rabboki, samgyup rolls, fried rice and jiggae. The ala carte items come with one round of side dishes.
There are several branches for Romantic Baboy. The one we went to is located in Paranaque. It has a small parking lot.
Address: 319 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque (across McDonalds)
Operating hours: 11AM to 12 midnight
Contact: Romantic Baboy – Facebook
Have you tried eating in Romantic Baboy? What was your experience? 🙂
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