With the onslaught of Korean dramas and K-Pop singers in Asia, it’s no surprise that a bunch of Korean restaurants sprouting all over the place. And I have no problem with that. I am a sucker to anything Korean, and it’s no secret that I’m in love with Korean food. *grin*
BORNGA is a stylishly elegant yet comfortable restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the sumptuous Alphaland Makati Place (this is their first branch in the Philippines). This place is the brainchild of the Korean celebrity Chef, Jong Won Paik, who has established 24 franchised food and beverage brands. He opened BORNGA in 1993 and it now has over a hundred branches in Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. Dining at BORNGA was a pretty faultless experience, and here’s why.
Once seated, we were offered a complimentary hot/cold tea. Attentive staffs, I like that! For our starter, since I want something hot, I ordered Kimchi Jjigae (Php350.00). It’s a spicy stew with kimchi, pork, tofu, mixed with different vegetables. When you eat this with rice, you don’t need any other side dishes.
I want my Mom to experience how to grill and eat meat the Korean way. Meat wrapped with greens is what I meant. Ha-ha! I ordered Manchinchang Samgyeopsal (Php380.00) and a set of Samgyeopsal (Php350.00). Both tasted good, and the meats were excellent.
Once you order, the typical banchan often translated as "side dishes" that come with Korean meals will be served. These small plates of different side dishes are complimentary with the meal and if you would like to get some refill, just ask the wait staff and they will happily do it for you.
No worries when ordering meat set, you don’t need to lift a finger in grilling your dinner. A nifty server like Dudz (the guy in this photo) will help you cut, grill and serve your meats.
Overall, I highly recommend this place for the good food, and exceptional service. Also, the interior is lustrous, with clean lines and simple furniture - it gives you a comfortable-homey feel. It was indeed a lovely evening with my Mom.
Location and Contact Information:
Second Floor, Alphaland Makati Place,
Ayala Avenue Extension Corner Malugay Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Phone: 0905-318-8282 / 0928-678-8282 / (02)519-6980
Operating Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm