In Love with Samgyeopsal at Romantic Baboy

Cheese dip in Romantic Baboy
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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!

Let me just say something before proceeding. Our drive to Romantic Baboy – Paranaque made me realize how big the Korean samgyeopsal craze is. Along Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, we passed at least 4-5 other restaurants offering unli Korean BBQ and which look like they’d only been there for months. I wonder if this is just a hype or is Korean cuisine really becoming a part of our restaurant industry.

A few years back, we had to do painstaking research to find restaurants that offer unlimited samgyeopsal and sometimes a Korean restaurant we like would shut down due to lack of business. Today, they’re popping up everywhere — or at least those offering unlimited samgyeopsal.

Anyway, let’s get back to Romantic Baboy.

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 samgyeopsal (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.

Katherine in Romantic Baboy

The setup here is just like other samgyeopsal 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, 6 types of dishes, rice and lettuce, and gochujang jiggae (spicy soup). For the meat, 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)

We ordered herb samgyupsal, spicy beef, woo samgyup, and yangyum galbi.

Herb-flavored pork belly in Romantic Baboy
Herb-flavored pork belly.
Marinated pork ribs in Romantic Baboy
Marinated pork ribs.
Spicy beef in Romantic Baboy
Spicy beef.
Beef brisket in Romantic Baboy
Beef brisket.

Of these, 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 (at least to me), but it’s very delicious.

As for the other two, yangyum galbi is nice and sweet and the beef brisket… is your normal beef brisket.

Unli-Korean BBQ in Romantic Baboy
Grill with side sections for egg, cheese and kimchi.
Cheese dip in Romantic Baboy
With melted cheese dip.
Grilling meat in Romantic Baboy
Grilling spicy beef – the meat that we liked best.

Hali eating in Romantic Baboy

As for the other items in the menu, I like the egg in the side grill. It was light, fluffy and creamy and it neutralizes the strong taste of samgyeopsal in your mouth. Hali likes the melted cheese and 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.

I actually wanted to order more so we can taste the other meats, but Hali and I aren’t really that big eaters and at the end we played it safe and just ordered more spicy beef.

Overall, we had a nice dinner 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.

Couple shot in Romantic Baboy - BF Homes Paranaque
With Hali.

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

As of our visit (November 2018), Romantic Baboy offers unlimited Korean BBQ for P499 per person. There are also special orders in their menu, in case you’re craving for something other than samgyeopsal.

There are several branches for Romantic Baboy. The one we went to is located in Paranaque. It has a small parking lot.

Romantic Baboy branch in BF Homes Paranaque

Address: 319 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque (across McDonalds)

Operating hours: 11AM to 12 midnight

Contact: Romantic Baboy – Facebook page

 

Have you tried eating in Romantic Baboy? What was your experience? 🙂

Romantic Baboy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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12 Comments

  1. I love how detailed your post is. This is the most helpful blog I’ve seen about what I am looking for regarding Romantic baboy. It’s because I’m skeptical of trying it there until I read your work.

  2. The struggle with Samgyupsal restaus would always be the long queue. That is why I also consider it a good deal pag maikli lang yung pila pero masarap din yung food. At least they have diff marinated meats- not only simple pork and beef. Try also All4u, they have shrimps and shabu shabu naman.

  3. Sabi nga nila mas masarap daw Romantic Baboy over Samgyupsalamat. I wanna try na though para magkaalamanan 😉 Pero napansin ko ang thicc ng meat nila! Grabee I wanna try 😀 How about the side dishes masarap ba?

    1. Actually, for me mas masarap yung meats sa Samgyupsalamat. Kaso nung punta kasi namin 1 hour kami pumila. Na-off ako. Haha. Gutom na ko pagpasok tapos nakakaconscious pa magtagal kasi ang haba pa rin ng queue sa labas. Ease and ambiance wise, mas bet ko Romantic Baboy.

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