Korean restaurants here in the Philippines are a dime a dozen nowadays each offering a unique Korean experience to Filipino diners from buffet to set meals. I just recently tried a newly opened fine dining Korean Barbecue restaurant located at Solaire named, “KIWA KOREAN GRILL DINING”.
If you are a fan of Korean food, I highly recommend Kiwa Korean Grill Dining. Not only because I was invited to try it, but for the simple reason that their dishes taste the same as the ones I have eaten in South Korea during my visit last September 2015. When I entered Kiwa Korean Grill Dining for the first time, it reminded me so much of Season’s Table inside Onemount Park in Gyeonggi-do. They have the same interiors – wooden beams, high ceiling and lots of space in a modern and chic setting with top to floor windows giving you a beautiful view of Manila Bay. I felt like I was instantly transported back to Korea without leaving Solaire.
Another thing that I also pleasantly noticed is that you won’t see the usual exposed exhausts located on top of your dining table. Kiwa Korean Grill Dining uses state-of-the-art exhaust systems located under the floorboards. This sucks the smoke from the griller underneath, keeping your clothes and your hair smelling fresh even if you’re in front of the griller for hours.
At Kiwa Korean Grill Dining, you will experience and taste authentic Korean dishes expertly prepared by Chef Gi Won Park. With a staff that went through a rigid training process learning and doing things the Korean way, you are assured of dishes boasting of authenticity, finesse and flare.
Sampling what Kiwa Korean Grill Dining has to offer made me excited but seeing the menu drummed up my eager anticipation even more!
You might notice, Koreans don’t use fork. Instead, they use sutgarak or a shallow spoon with a long handle and jeotgarak or stainless chopsticks just like this. Like I said -authentic!
I must have overused the word authentic or authenticity already. But you have to excuse me since this is the only word that best describes the dishes at Kiwa Korean Grill Dining. If you’ve been to Korea and are eager to reminisce those times by way of food, then, you must pay a visit to this restaurant. You’ll understand why the moment you take your first bite.
Experience the flavors of Korea at Kiwa Korean Grill Dining
We started with a platter of assorted appetizers, salad, kimchi, pancake and noodles.
When I was in Korea, I learned that they had hundreds of varieties of kimchi. From the ones that we Filipinos are familiar with – using Napa cabbage, to scallions and cucumber. And it was in Korea also that I had my first taste of cold kimchi… and this Baebaek Kimchi with rolled white kimchi placed inside a whole pear simply reminded me of that. The pear gave this dish a nice crunch that complemented the soft kimchi. Truly refreshing to eat especially on a hot day.
Not your usual pumpkin salad that has been sliced or diced into bite size portions. Kiwa Korean Grill Dining’s version is mashed mixed with assorted nuts and vegetables in season, splashed with delicious sesame seed dressing. Visually, it looked like a slice of cake. It has that mushy texture but the nuts and veggies gives it a nice contrast. This can also be served as a tasty side dish.
This pancake is a mixture of seafood, spring onion (that you would normally see in Korean dishes) and assorted vegetables. It came with spicy soy sauce with sesame oil for dipping. A perfect appetizer while waiting for the main course.
I was able to cook a similar pancake in Korea during our Potato Pancake Experience in Jeong Gang Won and I was just happy to have eaten something like it at Kiwa Korean Grill Dining.
No Korean meal is complete without glass noodles! Perfect texture, not greasy and packed with beef and vegetables.
This colorful platter gives you a symphony of incredible flavors. Fresh scallop sashimi, steamed shrimp, salmon sashimi, steamed octopus and marinated tomato. The dish is nothing but spectacular!
And for the main dishes, we sampled some Yang Nyeom Gal Bi and Samgyeopsal. Kiwa Korean Grill Dining takes pride in the quality of food they use. All fresh, sealed, covered, labelled, stored in the right temperature and follows strict 5-Star hotel sanitation rules and regulations. And unlike other Korean restaurants, the servers at Kiwa Korean Grill Dining will do the grilling for you.
YANG NYEOM GAL BI
Kiwa Korean Grill Dining uses grade A+ beef (Japan Wagyu and USDA) that melts in your mouth with a delicious subtle smoky flavor from the charcoal. When you slice it, you’ll see that the juice oozes out from the meat. I just had to give in!
In all honesty, I am a pork lover especially if it has lots of fat! The more fat, the better!
A typical Korean meal must have some Banchan or side dishes. Eat this with your Gal Bi or Samgyeopsal to complete your Korean dining experience.
In Korea, rice, soup and noodles are served after the grilled meat because they believe that you won’t be able to taste the meat when served together. But at Kiwa Korean Grill Dining, to adapt to the Filipino culture, they can serve the rice alongside the grilled meat. Just inform the server.
As for dessert, we had 2 kinds: Bingsu and Cold Dried Dates on Plum Tea.
This popular Korean shaved ice dessert has become a Filipino favorite. You’ve got azuki, condensed milk or sweetened milk, jelly cubes, topped with crushed rice cake.
COLD DRIED DATES ON PLUM TEA
This plum tea was a great meal ender. It definitely helped me in digesting the heavy lunch I had.
Korean food is probably one of the more colorful and healthier options around. Less grease, heavy on vegetables with just the right amount of carb and paired with healthy drinks like tea for proper digestion. No wonder Koreans are slim!
Expect more items soon with additional lunch sets that are in the Php500-Php700 price range. Watch out for their breakfast sets as well. Even if Kiwa Korean Grill Dining is a barbecue restaurant, they plan to add fish options. Perfect for non-meat eaters.
A full course menu is around Php3,000.00. Lunch sets start at Php1,500.00 and rice sets go from Php800.00 up.
And I was equally happy to see old familiar faces and blogger friends, too. And to Michelle (www.mommanmanila.com), thank you for having me and somehow transporting me back to beautiful Korea through the amazing dishes of Kiwa Korean Grill Dining.
Sunday to Thursday: 9AM-12MN
Friday and Saturday: 9AM-2AM