Seoul Garden in SM City, North Edsa Annex I
Budget : varies from Php295-635 per person
Duration : ~1-2 hours
Bummers : low appetite, not a fan of Korean food
Nomnom Rating : 4/5
Seoul Garden opened its very first branch in the Philippines at the 2nd floor of SM City, North Edsa Annex I. This restaurant gives an eat-all-you-can experience for people who have a soft spot for Korean dishes. Most of the restaurants I have tried that offer eat-all-you-can dining either served mostly Filipino, American, and Japanese dishes. Seoul Garden is a good addition in the line of eat-all-you-can restos which offers a different flavor.
Seoul Garden offers something new with its authentic Korean barbecue cum hotpot buffet. All customers have the option to cook their own food via barbecue and hotpot right off their tables. Each table has a built-in stove-top grill with a spot for hotpot cooking right at the center of the stove.
For grilling, Seoul Garden offers a wide-range of marinated barbecue options that you can choose from. They offer fish, beef, pork, chicken, innards, and veggies.
For hotpot cooking, you will have options for your soup base. When we visited, we chose the Chicken Ginseng soup base. There was another option and as I roughly remember it, I think it has something to do with Chinese herbal. That’s why we chose the Chicken Ginseng soup base, we were a bit hesitant to have a soup base that might taste like tea. But we weren’t sure if that was really it.
Being a Korean restaurant, Seoul Garden provides customers with a choice to order authentic Korean dishes like Bibimbap and Bulgogi. However, this are not served right away unless you ask for them.
Seoul Garden also has a few rice roll variants. You can also choose from the different noodles that they have which you can cook in your hotpot.
For desserts, Seoul Garden offers different variants of pastries and ice cream. They have different sprinkles that you can top off your ice cream with.
They also have a do-it-yourself halo-halo station to capture the sweet tooth of Filipinos. The halo-halo station is placed beside the veggies that you can use to create a salad. I wonder if there have been those who got confused and placed tomato slices in their halo-halo? Lol.
I think Seoul Garden also now offers lunch set meals. Therefore, you can now enjoy Korean food without binging on it with eat-all-you-can. I got this e-brochure from the Seoul Garden’s Facebook page.
Something notable about Seoul Garden is that they offer lower rates to students. By presenting a valid school ID or school registration card, students enjoy up to 50% discount on the eat-all-you-can buffet. Student rate is at Php355 any time and any day.
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