Romantic Baboy: the best restaurant for your Korean barbecue fix

Monday, 11 March 2019

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Romantic Baboy (Tagalog/Filipino, noun, which means pig or pork) is perhaps the best Korean barbecue restaurant around the metro for your samgyeopsal fix. And who could ignore it? With a catchy name, it’s easy for Romantic Baboy to get people’s attention. In fact, I have heard about it countless times although I have not really had the chance to try it. But beyond a memorable name, it’s the quality of Romantic Baboy’s food offering that speaks for itself.

Romantic Baboy Korean barbecue and sidings
On the grill at Romantic Baboy

Ynah and I have been regularly craving Korean barbecue. The taste of thinly sliced and marinated pork and beef, cooked over a grill, and eaten with fresh and crisp lettuce leaves is just unforgettable. Thus, one weekend, we decided to tug our family and try Romantic Baboy at Ayala Fairview Terraces. We arrived there just a little past lunch time. However, considering the size of the branch, there was already a considerable number of people already waiting for their turn. Realizing that the queue would not budge in about an hour or so, we decided to head over to Romantic Baboy at Britanny Square, a 10-minute drive from Ayala Fairview Terraces.

Romantic Baboy side dishes on the table
Side dishes at Romantic Baboy
When we got to Romantic Baboy at Brittany Square, we were excited because there was not line and there will soon be an available table for us. We were inside in no time and already choosing the cuts that we would like to sample first. There are exhaust pipes installed per table but since the room is air-conditioned, it was still a little smoky inside. We chose a spot in the corner where the smoke was not too dense.  

Romantic Baboy’s Menu

Among the many choices at Romantic Baboy are the following: Samgyupsal (herbed pork belly), Samgyup (beef brisket slices), Moksal (seasoned pork neck), Daepae Samgyupsal (pork belly slices), Yangyum Galbi (marinated pork ribs), Romantic Bulgogi (sweet marinated Korean style beef), Spicy Beef (beef slices in spicy sauce), Curry Beef (beef slices in curry sauce).

Romantic Baboy herbed pork
Romantic Baboy's herbed pork
Romantic Baboy samgyeopsal
Samgyeopsal at Romantc Baboy

For sidings at Romantic Baboy, one may choose from the following: Ramyun (spicy noodles), Seafood Ramyun (seafood noodles), Robokki (sweet and spicy noodles), bibimbap, kimchi fried rice, beef fried rice, kimchi, doenjang jjigae (fermented soybean paste), and sundubu jjigae (spicy soft tofu).

Romantic Baboy fish cake
Fish cakes
We availed of the unlimited pork and beef which was Php499 per head. This includes six kinds of side dishes, unlimited rice and vegetable, and gochujang jjigae (chili paste). One may also request for unlimited servings of cheese and eggs. These can be cooked at the side of the grill as a dip (cheese) or side dish (egg).

Our verdict

We sampled all of the meats at the menu and found these to be of excellent quality. What we loved about the meat slices was how flavorful they were; the marinades permeated the meat well resulting in succulent slivers of goodness. Among the choices, our favorites were the Romantic Bulgogi, Moksal, and the Spicy Beef. Another one notable observation was that the pork slices were not fatty as compared to other Korean barbecue restaurants.

Romantic Baboy fesh lettuce leaves for wrapping grilled meats

The grilled meats went well with the sauces and the fresh lettuce wraps. Kimchi is our favorite side dish in any Korean restaurant and we were just delighted because we can have this unlimited at Romantic Baboy. Kimchi does well in cutting the richness of the meats and cleansing the palate, which kept our appetites revved up. Take note though that the cost of drinks is separate from the Php499.

All in all, we definitely loved our experience at Romantic Baboy. In fact, this is one of our two favorite Korean barbecue restaurants around. Service is fast and efficient and the ambiance is generally relaxed.

This Romantic Baboy branch is located at Brittany Square, Belfast Road Corner Mindanao Avenue, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Romantic Baboy is also located at the following addresses (as of March 11, 2019):
  1. Ground Floor, SM Light Mall, EDSA Corner Madison Street, Buayang Bato, Mandaluyong City (Telephone Numbers: +639391807779 and +639267319815)
  2. 97 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City (Telephone Number: 02-2946754)
  3. 625 N.S. Amoranto Corner Palali Street, Siena, Banawe, Quezon City (Telephone Number: 02-7569409)
  4. Eton Centris Walk, Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City (Telephone Numbers: +639563007300 and 02-7294238)
  5. Ortigas Home Depot, Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City (Telephone Number: +639988717121)
  6. 319 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, ParaƱaque City (Telephone Number: 02-9832624)
  7. Intrepid Plaza, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City (Telephone Number: 02-9879808)
  8. Second Floor, Sky Garden, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City (Telephone Number: +639951397169)
  9. Ground Floor, Caswynn Building, Timog Avenue, Sacred Heart, Quezon City (Telephone Number: +639951397169)
  10. Second Floor, G Square, Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan City (Telephone Number: +639672069570)
  11. Ground Floor, Food Lane, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City (Telephone Number: 02-9060328)
  12. Central Garden, Ground Floor, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Maligaya Road Corner Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City (Telephone Number: 02-7994657)
  13. Crossroad Tandang Sora, Tandang Sora Avenue, Sangandaan, Quezon City (Telephone Number: +639055156519)
  14. The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Batasan Hills, Quezon City (Telephone Number: +639771620329)
  15. Congressional Town Center, 23 Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City (Telephone Number: 02-3747948)
  16. Ayala Malls Marikina, Liwasang Kalayaan, Marikina Heights, Marikina City (Telephone Number: +639951397169)
  17. Ground Floor, DoubleDragon Plaza, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Baclaran, Pasay City (Telephone Number: N/A)
  18. Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila (Telephone Number: N/A)
  19. Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City (Telephone Number: +639567293223)
  20. Second Floor, Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City (Telephone Number: +639177955886)
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6 comments

  1. The dishes sound delicious. I don't have much experience with Korean food, but I'm definitely going to try it at the next opportunity.

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    1. Yup, the dishes are indeed delicious. I hope you get to try Korean barbecue.

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  2. I can't believe I have never tried a Korean bbq restauarant! I need to find a local one and take my family soon! This looks so yum!

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    1. Yup, just give it a try. It's going to be an enjoyable experience grilling Korean barbecue on your own.

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  3. We might try this next month.Can't wait. Haha! Thanks for the details!

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    1. You are welcome! I hope you enjoy your Romantic Baboy experience.

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