UKB 199 Unlimited Korean BBQ: Affordable Korean Barbecue Buffet

Friday, 16 October 2020

UKB 199 Unlimited Korean Barbecue offers affordable and flavorful marinated meats and sidings to quickly satisfy your craving.

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UKB 199 Unlimited Korean BBQ offers one of the most affordable Korean barbecue buffet in the metro starting at P199.

UKB 199 Unlimited Korean Barbecue Buffet restaurant review

UKB 199 Unlimited Korean BBQ: Affordable Korean Barbecue Buffet

    At this price point though, you have to manage your expectation as well as your standards especially if you have been used to eating in the likes of Samgyupsalamat or Romantic Baboy

    Just the same, I would like to point out that it’s not as bad as what people wrote in their reviews. In fact, I commend UKB for coming up with this concept of bringing the Korean barbecue experience to more people. 

    Our UKB 199 experience 


    We decided to have a quick meal after Miguel’s photoshoot in Nice Print Studio in SM North. We were all craving Korean barbecue. We were a group of five and we do eat well especially in buffet restaurants. 

    UKB 199 Unlimited Korean Barbecue Buffet food choices and grill

    As such, we decided to look for a Korean barbecue restaurant in Zomato and found UKB 199 at Congressional Avenue in Tandang Sora. That was the branch that was nearest to our location. We went for it because, well, it was really reasonable. 

    Anything more expensive than UKB would have definitely hurt our pocket (Khris and I were paying because we just asked my brothers-in-law and sister-in-law to help us out in the photoshoot). 

    The ambiance 


    The branch had just opened when we arrived so there were no people yet, which was good because that meant no competition for the time being. 

    We inquired and the restaurant staff informed us that the P199 only included unlimited pork and banchan. If we wanted unlimited beef and pork, then we can upgrade the package to P299. That sounded like a deal so we went for the P299 buffet package. 

    Now, this is where managing your expectation begins. First, UKB is not air-conditioned. It has a roof, of course, but it’s open, save for a wall that separates it from the next establishment. There are kiosks inside for the cashier, the meats, the sauces, and the sidings. 

    There are no exhaust vents but there are big fans that dissipate the smoke. At some point, having an “open” Korean barbecue restaurant is somehow a good idea because that meant that there will be no smoke build-up. 

    UKB also does not have charcoal grills but butane stoves with a grill pan on top.

    When we started eating, it was just us and another group. However, as time went by, people started coming in. In an hour or so, all the tables at UKB have been filled and there was even a line of people outside waiting. 

    The crowd is not so bad though. We can move around well and we can get food without having to wait long for people to finish getting theirs. We also noticed that the crowd was a lot younger, probably because of UKB’s affordability. 

    The food 


    Again, we availed of the unlimited beef and pork and sidings option. Once more, you have to manage your expectation when it comes to the food. 

    Strips of marinated beef at UKB 199 Unlimited Korean Barbecue Buffet
    Marinated beef

    Just by looking at UKB’s buffet packages, which are disclosed on its website and in Zomato, you should already have a fairly good idea of what to expect. It will be unfair to UKB to expect spectacular cuts of meat. But let me say again that it’s not as bad as what people say. 

    The pork is fatty but that’s how pork belly is. Also, the beef can be chewy depending on how you cook it. We toast the beef, so it’s crunchy. The meat is not tough or rubbery at all. As a matter of fact, all the meats were marinated well and were flavorful. 

    Lettuce leaves and sauces at UKB 199 Unlimited Korean Barbecue Buffet

    As for the sidings, they had a lot of it. There were fresh and crisp lettuce leaves (they were not wilted at all!), delicious kimchi, fish cakes, and garlic. There were also sauces available for brushing your meats with. We loved UKB’s kimchi and we ate as much as we wanted. 

    In the end, we enjoyed the food at UKB and we were able to satisfy our taste buds. 

    Our verdict 


    UKB had to compromise on some areas, no doubt, but that’s to be able to provide affordable unlimited barbecue to diners. I did not feel like they were short-changing their customers at all. 

    The cost is upfront and they don’t brand their restaurant as superior quality at a price that is for the masses. Then again, the quality is good. The food is clean and delicious. It is also worth mentioning that the kimchi, our favorite side dish, tastes at par with those in more expensive Korean barbecue restaurants. 

    Again, with UKB, it’s just knowing what to expect, which is not vague at all. UKB is a good option especially if you are treating out a big group such as your friends or your loved ones. 

    UKB Branches 


    UKB has outlets in the following locations. The telephone numbers are also listed below if you need to make inquiries. 

    Congressional Avenue 

    Congressional Avenue Extension, Culiat, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 
    Telephone number: +63277920693 

    Marikina City 

    Gil Fernando Avenue, Santo Niño, Marikina City 
    Telephone number: +63277920693 

    Novaliches 

    Commonwealth Avenue, Santa Monica, Novaliches, Quezon City 
    Telephone number: +63277920693 

    BF Homes 

    3939-B The One Oasis, Jackie Lou Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City 
    Telephone number: +63277920693 

    Makati City 

    Pobstacion Food Park, B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City 
    Telephone number: +63277920693 

    Fairview 

    Regalado Avenue Corner Coronet Street, Fairview, Quezon City 
    Telephone number: +63277920693 

    Quirino Highway 

    Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City 
    Telephone number: +63277920693 

    Only cash payment is accepted at UKB.

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