I know what you’re thinking. Why am I reviewing another Korean barbecue place? I’m sure there are tons and tons of reviews of similar restaurants from other reviewers. Hear me out. This place is not one of the more familiar names like Samgyupsalamat or Romantic Baboy and that is why I wanted to review it.
Different foodie communities would be quick to suggest these two establishments because of them being practically everywhere so it wouldn’t be much of a concern to know where you are but I believe little unknown spots deserve some love and attention, too.
Enter Samgyupsal House. This KBBQ spot has a few locations around the metro like in Caloocan and BF Homes in Parañaque but definitely not everywhere.
The branch I visited is the one in BF Homes, Parañaque and with the slew of KBBQ spots in BF, unless you try hard enough, it is a bit difficult to spot even if it is along the main road. With most if not all KBBQ spots in BF have the word Samgyupsal (삼겹살) in them, it’s really hard to notice this place right away
It took me a while to write about this restaurant, though. My very first experience with this establishment was not good. When everybody else was already offering all-you-can-eat KBBQ, this was still offering KBBQ in limited quantities. When I first tried this spot, for ₱800 and claiming that this was good for at least 4 people, the truth was, it was only able to feed at least 2 people and adding at least 2 this slabs of pork belly would already charge us ₱500 extra having us pay a total of ₱600 each because of the additional meat.
Fast forward to 2017 when a few of my friends decided to bring one of our other friends back to this place. Knowing what I was getting myself into, I agreed and decided to just go for drive-thru afterwards to save on money.
Upon entering the place, it was a complete 180º change. From an a la carte kind of deal they were now offering all-you-can-eat KBBQ with a buffet table of their side dishes or banchan (반찬).
All we needed was to order the actual meats from the servers and we were all set.
Fast forward to last Monday, April 8, with all of our other go-to’s already fully booked, I decided to bring my mom here. I figured that since they have updated their format, that there was nothing they can do to mess this up. To my surprise, even their meats were laid out on a buffet table for everyone to get freely.
It was an interesting experience this time around because of the number of banchan and meat options available. The banchan choices were more than what was being offered in Samgyupsalamat and Romantic Baboy but I wouldn’t call it excess. The banchan were still korean like tteokbokki and eomok. Other restaurants with the similar format would then go as far as adding Filipino side dishes which is not bad but sometimes you want to have the full Korean experience. Samgyupsal House surely did not disappoint.
So here are my thoughts on this quaint Korean BBQ place:
Pros: The servers were very responsive and would often jump in to help you cook once they can see you struggling with the grill. The meat selection is pretty good with chicken, pork, and beef options.
The fact that you can get as much as you want adds to the plus factor not needing to call on the server’s attention just to add a little more.
The amount of banchan available makes it good for everybody, In the end everybody is happy.
It not being as popular as the rest, walking in to be served is such a breeze even during peak hours.
Their all-you-can-eat package at ₱499 per head is a good price considering what you are getting.
Cons: The meat selection, though diverse, is not spectacular. A lot of the other competing restaurants have the same or similar options making coming to this place not a necessity.
Also, though the banchan options were plenty, there were still one or two side dishes that were a staple to me weren’t there like the Pa muchim (파무침) or spring onion salad and their famous gochujang (고추장) or their spicy bean paste.
Considering everything that is being offered, the price, and overall experience, I am giving this place a 4 out of 5 Titos.
Here is all you need to know about Samgyupsal House if you decide to visit them anytime soon.
Name: Samgyupsal House
Address: Ground Floor, VTP Prime Building, 251 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Contact Number: +63906.242.6794
Operating Days/Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00AM to 2:00AM (the following day)
Weekday Rates: Lunch/Dinner – ₱499.00/head
Weekend Rates: TBD