Craving Samgyupsal? 12 Affordable Korean BBQ Restaurants in the Philippines

Published: March 5, 2021 | Updated: March 6, 2021 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle


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The hallyu or Korean wave has not only brought K-Pop and K-dramas to our shores. The Korean barbecue, which many thought would be just a fad, has already become a fixture in the local culinary scene.

Who couldn’t resist the sizzle of the griddle, the mouthwatering scent of the meat being grilled to your liking, and the fresh flavors of the banchan or side dishes? And after all the meat madness, you can wash down the feast with soju or finish the meal on a sweet note with a bungeoppang (the fish-shaped ice cream)!

Filipinos have undoubtedly fallen in love with the flavors of Korean barbecue. It’s no wonder that unlimited samgyupsal restaurants are everywhere. The choices can overwhelm you, but we’ve come up with a list of affordable “unli samgyup” restaurants, so you can easily plan your next food trip with your family and friends.

Note: Due to the pandemic, some restaurants may close earlier than expected. The prices may also change without prior notice. Thus, we recommend that you contact your preferred restaurant before heading there.

12 Unlimited Samgyupsal Restaurants

1. UKB199

Unlimited Korean BBQ prices: 

  • Unlimited samgyupsal: PHP 199
  • Unlimited pork and beef: PHP 299

UKB199 is the cheapest unlimited samgyupsal restaurant on this list. For only PHP 199, you’ll enjoy unlimited servings of pork with generous helpings of 18 side dishes. The pork slices even come in five flavors, such as original, curry zest, barbecue, spicy, and pepper lime. You’ll surely have fun mixing and matching these pork flavors with your sides.

Just remember that a minimum of two persons per table is required to avail the price.

UKB199 branches:

  • Quezon City: Congressional Extension, Fairview, and Novaliches
  • Makati
  • Marikina
  • BF Homes-Parañaque

Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Related: 10 Best Affordable Buffet Restaurants in Makati

2. Koreyan Unlimited BBQ

Koreyan Unlimited BBQ Samgyupsal price:

  • Unli pork: PHP 249
  • Unli pork, cheese, and egg: PHP 299
  • Unli pork and beef: PHP 349
  • Unli pork, beef, cheese, and egg: PHP 399

If you’re looking for sulit unlimited samgyupsal in Quezon City, this Korean BBQ restaurant fits the bill. For less than PHP 300, you can enjoy unlimited servings of grilled pork belly or a unli samgyupsal set with unli cheese and egg.

All unlimited samgyupsal meals come with free unli side dishes and drinks. Customers can dine at Koreyan for up to three hours.

Koreyan location: 117 Gen B.G. Molina St., Parang, Marikina

Opening hours: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

3. SamgyeopMasarap

Unlimited Korean BBQ prices:

  • Unlimited pork: Starts at PHP 249
  • Unlimited beef: Starts at PHP 299

Another affordable samgyupsal place worth visiting is SamgyeopMasarap. Its basic meal set, which costs less than PHP 300, consists of unlimited pork or beef with side dishes such as kimchi, rice, dilis, fishcake, kimchi soup, sesame oil, and samjang sauce.

This unli Korean BBQ restaurant is available for dine in, take out, and delivery.

SamgyeopMasarap branches:

  • Quezon City: Ever Commonwealth, SM North EDSA, and SM Fairview
  • Manila: SM Manila, SM San Lazaro, and SM Sta. Mesa
  • Parañaque: SM Bicutan and SM Sucat
  • SM Southmall, Las Piñas
  • SM Sta Rosa, Laguna

Note: For the full list of branches, check the SamgyeopMasarap Facebook page.

4. Wang Pau Samgyupsal

Unlimited Korean BBQ prices:

  • Unlimited pork, chicken + buffet: PHP 299 (lunch) / PHP 369 (dinner)
  • Unlimited pork, chicken, beef + buffet: PHP 399 (lunch) / PHP 469 (dinner)

Intramuros is a treasure trove of cultural assets[1], which also include cuisine heavily influenced by the Spaniards, as evidenced by restaurants such as Ilustrado and Barbara’s.

But if you’re looking for an East Asian spin, go to Wang Pau Samgyupsal. For as low as PHP 299, you get to feast over unlimited pork and chicken (just make sure it’s lunchtime to avail of this price!). There are also over 15 side dishes that will go well with your grilled meats.

In case you are health-conscious and want to balance your greasy fares with fresh greens, you’re in for a treat since Wang Pau has a salad station. You also get free drinks!

Wang Pau branches in Manila: Quiapo, Intramuros, Tondo, and UST

Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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5. Uncle Hwangso Jip Restaurant

Cheap Unlimited Samgyupsal - Uncle Hwangso Jip

Uncle Hwangso Jip Unlimited Korean BBQ prices:

  • Unlimited samgyupsal: PHP 299
  • Unlimited marinated samgyupsal: PHP 399
  • Unlimited cheesy samgyupsal: PHP 399
  • Unlimited cheesy marinated samgyupsal: PHP 459

This is another unli samgyupsal place in Manila worth visiting. The bare and unassuming interiors will quickly remind you of the pubs that you see in K-dramas. This unlimited Korean BBQ restaurant in Malate also has private rooms where you and your friends can dine while watching Korean or English movies.

Uncle Hwangso Jip location: 610 Julio Nakpil, Malate, Manila

Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 5 a.m.

6. Sojubang

Unlimited Korean BBQ prices:

  • Unlimited samgyupsal: PHP 350
  • Unlimited woo samgyupsal (beef belly): PHP 450

If you’re a Southie who’s exploring new unlimited samgyupsal restaurants in Las Piñas, Sojubang should be part of your list. The place is a favorite among the city’s denizens, so expect that there will be a long queue when you get there.

Sojubang location: Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas City (in front of Almanza Elementary School)

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

7. Premium Sodam

Cheap Unlimited Samgyupsal - Sodam

Unlimited Korean BBQ prices:

  • Unlimited pork: PHP 399
  • Unlimited pork and beef: PHP 499

Formerly known as Sodam of San Juan, Premium Sodam is now a Pasig-based Korean restaurant that offers not only cheap unlimited samgyupsal but also a zillion of sides that can stand on their own. If you think you’re not yet properly acquainted with the Korean cuisine, Premium Sodam allows you to explore options beyond pork belly, such as hot pot, salads, and street food like tteokbokki (spicy rice cake).

Premium Sodam location: C. Raymundo Ave. cor Pag-asa St., Brgy. Caniogan, Pasig City

Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

8. Matgalne

Unlimited Korean BBQ prices:

  • Unlimited samgyupsal: PHP 399 (lunch only)
  • Unlimited chadolbaki (beef brisket): PHP 499

At some point, foodies or K-BBQ lovers in Makati have found themselves enjoying grilled meat in the homely comfort of Matgalne. Other than the hefty servings of pork slices and beef, the side dishes are overflowing, which range from kimchi to fried chicken and gimbap (seaweed rice rolls). The sides are prepared a la buffet style, so you have the chance to mix and match your banchan.

Matgalne branches in Makati: Makati Avenue and Kalayaan Avenue

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. (lunch buffet); 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (dinner buffet)

Related: 10 Best-Tasting Meals Under P200 in Makati

9. Samgyupsalamat 

Cheap Unlimited Samgyupsal - Samgyupsalamat

Unlimited Korean BBQ prices:

  • Unlimited pork: PHP 399 (lunch) / PHP 449 (dinner)
  • Unlimited pork and beef: PHP 449 (lunch) / PHP 499 (dinner)

This list won’t be complete without Samgyupsalamat. Any legit K-BBQ lover has surely dined in this restaurant at some point in their lives (and they even came back!).

Other than its wide range of meat options, the unli samgyupsal restaurant also offers unlimited rice, soup, cheese fondue, and iced tea. Just a note, Samgyupsalamat requires a minimum of two persons per table. If you’re dining alone, you’ll need to pay for two persons.

Samgyupsalamat branches:

  • Quezon City: Araneta Center Cubao, Banawe, Katipunan, Robinsons Doña Carmen, Fairview Terraces, Robinsons Galleria, Project 8, Trinoma, Tomas Morato, etc.
  • Manila: Binondo, Ermita, Malate, etc.

Note: Check the Samgyupsalamat Facebook page for more information on its other branches.

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10. Romantic Baboy

Unlimited Korean BBQ price: PHP 499 for unli pork and beef

The restaurant’s catchy name is very Pinoy in terms of play and wit. But the dishes Romantic Baboy serves are truly Korean! It’s one of the fastest-growing unli samgyupsal chains in the country—and for a good reason. There are eight choices of meats, six kinds of side dishes, and unlimited rice and veggies.

Romantic Baboy branches:

  • Quezon City: Tomas Morato, Maginhawa, Libis, Fairview Terraces, Centris, Banawe, Ali Mall, UP Town Center, Trinoma, SM North, etc.
  • Manila: Recto University Belt, Binondo, etc.
  • Makati: Burgundy Tower-Makati, Makati Avenue, etc.
  • Parañaque: BF Homes, Better Living-Bicutan, etc.

Note: Check the Romantic Baboy Facebook page for more information on its other branches.

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

11. Oh! Samgyupsal House

Unlimited Korean BBQ price: PHP 499 for unlimited meat (consisting of samgyupsal, plain beef, beef bulgogi, spicy pork, soy buttered pork, soy buttered chicken, spicy chicken)

BF Homes will always be a hotspot for foodies. Along the iconic Aguirre Avenue, you’ll definitely find a Korean BBQ restaurant (or two or more). But if you’re looking for an affordable option, Oh! Samgyupsal House is the place to be.

Oh! Samgyupsal House location: 251 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

12. Leann’s Tea House

Cheap Unlimited Samgyupsal - Leann's Tea House

Unlimited Korean BBQ price: PHP 499 for unlimited pork and beef

If you’re looking for an unlimited samgyupsal joint in Quezon City, Leann’s Tea House is one of the first places you have to visit. The Korean BBQ restaurant is run by a family of food lovers, so you’ll surely be served with delicious meats and sides fit for a foodie.

Leann’s Tea House location: 105-R Mother Ignacia St., Diliman, Quezon City

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Safety Tips for Dining at Korean BBQ Restaurants

There’s still a pandemic, and every time you go out, you face certain risks. So, make sure that you observe the following tips when dining out:

  • Wear your face mask and face shield while you’re in the waiting area.
  • When queuing, observe social distancing.
  • Bring your own sanitizer and clean your hands before touching the food and utensils.
  • Don’t touch your face (especially eyes and nose), as the virus can be transmitted through your face’s mucous membranes.
  • Reduce your chances of spending time waiting in line by making reservations ahead of time.
  • If possible, check if the restaurant has a proper ventilation system. The COVID-19 virus is airborne, and it may remain suspended in the air if the place is poorly ventilated.
  • As much as possible, dine in small groups. Make sure that every member of the group is also wearing a face mask and face shield.
  • Keep your time in the restaurant short. Sure, you want to enjoy your meal, but keep in mind that prolonged exposure may increase your risk of getting the virus.
  • Go contactless when paying for your dining bill. Some Korean BBQ restaurants accept credit cards, debit cards, GCash, and/or other cashless payment methods. These are safer alternatives to paying in cash.

Final Thoughts

Everybody loves Korean barbecue. Good thing that these days, you’ll never run out of places to go whenever your craving strikes. The list above is not just for those who want to dine without boring a hole in their pocket. It’s also definitely for foodies who want to expand their horizons and try something new.

And here’s a friendly reminder: just because it’s unli samgyup doesn’t mean that you’ll stuff yourself to no end. You need to pace yourself, so you’ll get to enjoy the moment. Kamsahamnida!

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Source: [1]Intramuros Manila Travel Guide: Historic Walled City