5 Reasons Why We Love Samgyupsalamat

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Find out the reasons why we love Samgyupsalamat, one of the best unlimited Korean barbecue restaurants in the Philippines.

Samgyupsalamat brings the taste of Korea to the local food scene in an attention-grabbing fashion – that is to offer unlimited Korean barbecue at an affordable price.

A plate of raw samgyupsal at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue

5 Reasons Why We Love Samgyupsalamat

    Samgyupsalamat’s name is a fusion of the words “Samgyupsal” which is Korean for Pork Belly and “Salamat” which is the word “Thank you” in Filipino.

    Samgyupsalamat is the very first unlimited Koran barbecue restaurant that I tried but before that, I have already heard many good reviews about it from both my friends and colleagues and that got me intrigued. I was cautioned though that we had to wait for at least an hour before being seated but the food is well worth our patience.

    I have not tasted Korean food before so I have no point of comparison with regard to the authenticity of Samgyupsalamat's Korean barbecue but I did like the food here. In fact, it got me hooked to Korean barbecue buffets and would have it whenever there is a chance to.

    When it comes to food, Samgyupsalamat definitely does a good job in satisfying the Pinoy palate with Korean flavors.

    Different kinds of Korean barbecue on the grill at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Various meats on the grill

    What we love at Samgyupsalamat

    We tried Samgyupsalamat's branch in Metropolitan Avenue. Set in a quiet and unassuming corner, you would not readily notice this restaurant unless you are really looking for it. The place is small so expect long lines if you go here beyond 7:00 PM.

    By the way, they do not accept reservations so it’s best to come here early. Samgyupsalamat serves unlimited lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and unlimited dinner from 3:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

    The tables are fitted with a grill and exhaust. It’s not an air-conditioned restaurant so that the smoke, which is actually just minimal, would not linger inside.

    A plate of Korean beef barbecue at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Beef barbecue strips

    Here's what we love about Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue:

    1. Affordable price

    Samgyupsalamat's affordability is what makes it a winner. We ordered the Unlimited 2 menu for just P499 per head. This selection is composed of nine kinds of pork and beef. You may try everything and as much as you can, just don’t leave any unconsumed food on your plate.

    Unlimited miso soup at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Unlimited miso soup

    2. There are many side dishes to choose from

    It was my first time to be in a Korean barbecue restaurant and I was surprised with the selection of side dishes.

    Our table looked like a feast even before the meats arrived. There were lettuce leaves for wrapping the grilled meats, various vegetable side dishes like kimchi, pickled white onions, and baby potatoes. We were told by our server that we can also ask for soup, rice, fish cakes, and steamed eggs, anytime since these were all unlimited. My favorites among the side dishes were the kimchi, and the light and fluffy steamed eggs, which I enjoyed eating as much as I can.

    Take note though that the drinks are ordered separately because these are not included in the unlimited menu.

    A bowl of steamed eggs at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Unlimited steamed eggs

    3. Flavorful dips and sauces

    What we also like about Samgyupsalamat is its flavorful dips and sauces. Samgyupsalamat offers the usual samgyupsal dips like sesame oil, spicy sauce, and salt with pepper, but you can also ask for cheese fondue and gravy if you want to add more flavors to your barbecue. I liked the sesame oil very much. I loved how it added another layer of savory flavor to the grilled meats. I think I had three or more refills of the sesame oil. 

    I also liked the spicy dipping sauce where I would dunk the meat after wrapping it in lettuce leaf. The texture of the fresh lettuce leaves, the smoky flavors of the grilled meats, and the delicious dips provided a pleasant food experience that got me hooked.  

    I have not tried the cheese fondue but my companions said that it tasted mild and not too overpowering. It actually added a hint of creaminess to the grilled meats.

    4. High-quality meats

    Samgyupsalamt has a wide selection of pork and beef barbecues, noodles, as well as side dishes. Here is the list of meats and noodles from Samgyupsalamat's menu:

    Pork Menu

    • Daepae Samgyupsal (sliced fresh pork belly)
    • Buljib Samgyupsal (tenderized fresh pork belly and herb pepper)
    • Yangnyum Daepae (sliced fresh pork belly with seasoning sauce)
    • Gochujang Samgyupsal (sliced fresh pork belly with sweet and spicy sauce)
    • Yangmyum Moksal (poek neck bone steak with sweet seasoning sauce)

    Beef Menu

    • Beef Boolgogi (Korean pork barbecue with sweet soy sauce)
    • Beef Samgyupsal (sliced American beef short plate)
    • Yangnyum Beef Samgyup (sliced beef short plate with seasoning sauce)
    • Gochoojang Beef Samgyup (sliced beef short plate with sweet and spicy sauce)

    Noodle Menu

    • Gyeran Ramyun (Korean noodle with egg)
    • O-deng Ramyun (Korean noodle with Korean fish cake)
    • Kimchi Ramyun (Korean noodle with kimchi and egg)
    • Dduk Ramyun (Korean noodle with Korean rice cake and egg)
    • Beef Ramyun (Korean noodle with imported US beef)

    We tried all expect for the Yangnyum Moksal because the slices are thicker, so cooking time would be much longer. The meats were definitely fresh and of high-quality. Our favorites are the Beef Samgyupsal, Daepae Samgyupsal, and Beef Bulgogi. The thin slices of meat absorbed the marinades really well and cooked evenly.

    We liked our barbecued meats a little toasted. The slight crunch and the deep flavors went well with the freshly-crisp lettuce leaves that provided a refreshing break from the rich meats in between bites.

    A bowl of Kimchi at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Unlimited kimchi

    5. Great service

    What is commendable about Samgyupsalamt, at least for its Metropolitan branch, is its service. The waiters were all very attentive. When they see plates that are already empty, they would readily approach us and ask us what we wanted to try next. There was no need to call them twice or even shout just for them to take our orders.

    Even though there was already a long queue of diners outside, we did not feel that we were being rushed to finish our meal throughout our stay. That, I think, elevated our dining experience at Samgyupsalamat to beyond pleasant.

    In the end, Samgyupsalamat's price of P499 per head is definitely worth it.


    Samgyupsalamat Branches

    You may also enjoy unlimited Korean barbecue and side dishes at the following Samgyupsalamat Branches: 


    911 Kapitan Tikong Corner Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila
    Telephone number: +63 9778423427


    Second Floor, BLC Building, Banawe Corner Don Manuel Agregado Street, Santo Domingo, Banawe, Quezon City
    Telephone number: 02 34107144

    Bonifacio Global City

    Second Floor, The Forum, 7th Avenue Corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    Telephone number: +63 9666996941

    BF Homes

    Ground Floor, C&C Business Center, 235 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
    Telephone number: 02 6213591

    San Juan

    Second Floor, Metro Pointe Center, P. Guevarra Corner N. Averilla Street, Greater San Juan, San Juan City
    Telephone number: +63 9560374513

    Century City Mall

    UnliCity, Third Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
    Telephone number: +63 9996506344

    Alabang Town Center

    Lower Ground Floor, Cinema & Entertainment Complex, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    Telephone number: +63 9474420235

    Metropolitan Avenue

    Unit 2-3 2589 Metropolitan Avenue, La Paz, Makati City
    Telephone number: +63 9157096010


    299 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9159229292

    Robinsons Galleria

    Upper Veranda, Level 3, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9338178816

    Roxas Boulevard

    3001 Roxas Boulevard, Beside Hotel Jen Manila, Buendia, Pasay City
    Telephone number: +63 9162641425

    Cocoon Hotel

    Second Floor, Cocoon Hotel, 61 Sct. Rallos Corner Sct. Tobias Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9666845529


    Second Floor, Fusebox Food Park, 1414 Asturias Corner Laon Laan Street, Sampaloc, Manila
    Telephone number: +63 9069700557


    Padre Faura Corner Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila
    Telephone number: 02 84630628

    Paranaque City

    Second Floor, PTC Building, Doña Soledad Avenue Corner Argentina Street, Don Bosco, Parañaque City
    Telephone number: +63 9162851898

    Earnshaw, Sampaloc

    814 Earnshaw Street, Sampaloc, Manila
    Telephone numbers: 02 79450354 and +63 9275884100

    Araneta Center

    Ground Floor, Manhattan Parkview, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9672071308

    Metro Starmall

    Ground Floor, Metro Starmall, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
    Telephone number: +63 9666845529

    Project 8

    Second Floor, One Raffles Place, Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9173430510

    TV5 Media Center

    TV 5 Media Center, Sheridan Corner Reliance Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
    Telephone number: +63 9173182026


    Zoori Residence Inn, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City
    Telephone number: +63 9258918466

    Holy Spirit

    54 Holy Spirit Drive, Holy Spirit, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9459834047

    Regis Center

    Second Floor, Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
    Telephone numbers: +63 9455165353 and 02 89390359

    Ayala Malls South Park

    Upper Ground Floor, Ayala Malls South Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    Telephone number: 02 79405893

    Makati Central Square

    Ground Floor, Makati Central Square, Chino Roces Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    Telephone number: 02 83311260

    Entertainment City, near SM Mall of Asia (MOA)

    Aseana 3, Diosdado Macapagal Corner Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
    Telephone numbers: +63 9154240024 and +63 9453970024

    The Grandz Commercial Center

    Second Floor, The Grandz Commercial Center, MacArthur Highway, South Caloocan, Caloocan City
    Telephone number: +63 9167128711

    P. Ocampo

    University Pad, P. Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila
    Telephone number: +63 9272565246

    One Park Drive - BGC

    One Park Drive, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    Salem Complex (NAIA)

    Salem Complex, Domestic Road, Ninoy Aquino Airport Area, Pasay City
    Telephone numbers: +63 9176821213 and +63 9053449063


    Shopking by Xentromall, Doña Carmen, Fairview, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9369329267

    Ayala Fairview Terraces

    Third Floor, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Maligaya Road Corner Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9150611297


    Ground Floor, Torre Sur, Alabang-Zapote Road, Pamplona, Las Piñas City
    Telephone number: 02 87163614

    Trinoma Mall

    Fourth Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City

    Marikina Heights

    General Ordonez Street, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
    Telephone number: 02 77575090

    Savoy Hotel - Newport City

    Savoy Hotel Manila, 101 Andrews Avenue, Newport City, Pasay City
    Telephone number: +63 9669652570


    Ground Floor, Industria at Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Libis, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63 9957457122


    One Victoria Plaza, A. Mabini Street, Kapasigan, Pasig City

    Fisher Mall Malabon

    Fourth Floor, Fisher Mall, Dagat Dagatan Avenue, Longos, Malabon City


    Second Floor, City Place Square Mall, Binondo, Manila
    Telephone number: +63 9178336880


    Maginoo Street, Diliman, Quezon City

    Arcovia City

    Arcovia City, 9 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
    Telephone number: +63 9230880732


    Third Floor, Feliza Building, MacArthur Highway Corner Gov. Santiago Road, Malinta, Valenzuela City

    Sacred Heart

    110 Scout Dr. Lazcano Street, Sacred Heart, Quezon City

    You may want to regularly check here for the updated list of Samgyupsalamat branches.


    Samgyupsalamat Menu

    Samgyupsalamat's menu is composed of a wide selection of pork, beef, noodles, and side dishes. There are alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available but these are separate from the unlimited menu price.

    Here is a copy of Samgyupsalamat’s menu for your reference:

    A copy of the pork menu of Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Pork menu

    Beef menu at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Beef menu

    Noodle menu at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Noodle menu

    Additional menu at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Additional menu

    Drink menu at Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean Barbecue
    Drink menu

    Other important information

    Credit cards as well as senior citizens’ discount cards are accepted at Samgyupsalamat. They also operate on a first come, first served basis at Samgyupsalamat but we do advise you to call before going to have an idea on the volume of people who are eating in the branch of your choice. 

    Lastly, you might want to follow Samgyupsalamat's Facebook account to get notifications on discounts and offers such as birthday promo and freebies.

    Samgyupsalamat price: 

    • P399 (Lunch: 11AM – 3PM, Mon-Sun, Unli 1 - Unlimited Pork)
    • P449 (Lunch: 11AM – 3PM, Mon-Sun, Unli 2 - Unlimited Pork & Beef)
    • P449 (Dinner: 3PM – 2AM, Mon-Sun, Unli 1 - Unlimited Pork)
    • P499 (Dinner: 3PM – 2AM, Mon-Sun, Unli 2 - Unlimited Pork & Beef)

    Samgyupsalamat Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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