During the recent months, we’d already been to Samgyupsalamat about 4-5 times. As of this writing, it remains my favorite unlimited Korean BBQ restaurant. Let me tell you why in this Samgyupsalamat review.
Samgyupsalamat is one of the most popular unlimited Korean BBQ restaurants, with over 30 branches all over the metro.
Our first visit to Samgyupsalamat actually wasn’t good. We went to Samgyupsalamat in Alabang Town Center on a weekday. We waited for a full hour and, by the time we were seated, we were already grumpy and hungry. I wasn’t happy with the limited banchans (side dishes) and the service was poor – not every item was provided. We forgot to ask for cheese and gravy tips and the servers don’t provide for them unless asked.
A lot of my friends & acquaintances vouch for Samgyupsalamat and are usually willing to wait for even 2-3 hours, so I decided to give it another chance.
I learned about Samgyupsalamat’s branch in BF Homes and Hali and I went there on another weekday. This visit finally convinced me why Samgyupsalamat is one of the best unli Korean BBQ restaurants in Metro Manila.
What we like
1. Wide meat selection
Some samgyupsal houses offers only plain pork and beef slices, but Samgyupsalamat has 5 types of pork and 6 types of beef slices.
Options for pork:
- Daepae (sliced fresh pork belly)
- Buljib (herbed pork belly)
- Yangnyum daepae (sliced pork belly with seasoning sauce)
- Gochujang (sliced pork belly with sweet & spicy sauce)
- Yangnyum moksal (pork neck bone steak with sweet seasoning sauce)
Options for beef:
- Beef samgyup (sliced beef short plate)
- Yangnyum beef (sliced beef short plate with seasoning sauce)
- Bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef in sweet soy sauce)
- Gochujang beef (sliced beef short plate with sweet & spicy sauce)
- Sarsa beef (beef with sweet-style Filipino sauce)
Last November 2019, they have also added beef steak in the selection.
Aside from the wide meat selection, we also appreciate the fact that Samgyupsalamat doesn’t compromise on the quality of their meat so it’s always fresh and good tasting.
Among this list, our favorite would be yangnyum beef. We can do one seating and eat just this one order. We also like sarsa beef and buljib, which is thick-cut pork. Whenever I’m in samgyupsal restaurants, I always order buljib and the one in Samgyupsalamat passes the mark. If you have sweet taste, you may also want to order bulgogi beef.
2. More dips to choose from
Aside from the usual samgyupsal dips, Samgyupsalamat also offers unlimited cheese fondue and gravy. The cheese is sooo good, in our last visit I almost ignored the lettuce in favor of this one.
I like their cheese better than Romantic Baboy because it’s light and doesn’t overwhelm the taste of the meat.
3. Good side dishes
Samgyupsalamat doesn’t have that many side dishes compared to other Korean samgyupsal restaurants, but I like the choices and taste of their spread.
There’s lettuce, rice, steamed egg, soup (called sundubu jjige or spicy tofu stew) and side dishes including kimchi, marbled potatoes, pickled radish and more.
Side dishes are important to me because they let me refresh my palate. I can’t eat lots of meat without having other items to munch on. I like the steamed egg and the spicy tofu stew in particular.
4. Affordable rates
For P499 per person, we can eat samgyupsal to our heart’s desire. This rate is very affordable and cheaper compared to ordering ala carte in other Korean restaurants. Samgyupsalamat has moved Korean samgyupsal closer to the hearts of the Filipinos with their reasonable rates.
What we don’t like
1. Inconsistent service
We notice that service is inconsistent among their branches. We’d been to ATC and BF Homes, and I can say that BF Homes is definitely better. The service in ATC is subpar and, on both occasions that we’d been there, the servers failed to give us all items without prompting. We have to ask for utensils, cheese and gravy dips, soup, egg, etc.
I hope this is something that this restaurant brand improves on.
Samgyupsalamat is an Korean BBQ restaurant with an affordable & delicious menu. With its many branches in Metro Manila, you’ll likely find one near you!
Samgyupsalamat offers unlimited options (5 types of pork, 5 types of beef) and also ala carte menu.
- Unli pork: P399 (11AM to 3PM) / P449 (3PM to 2AM)
- Unli pork and beef: P449 (11AM to 2PM) / P499 (3PM to 2AM)
Samgyupsalamat also has ala carte items.
Things you have to know
Here are other things you need to know about Samgyupsalamat:
- A minimum of 2 people is required per table. If you’re alone, you’ll still need to pay for 2 people.
- Only 2 plates of meat at a time.
- Most branches have a long queue. Expect to wait for at least 45 minutes to get seated.
To avoid waiting times, I suggest looking for a branch outside of malls and, if possible, go on weekdays.
Website: Samgyupsalamat – Facebook
Have you been to Samgyupsalamat? What are your thoughts about it?
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- Romantic Baboy
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Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).