Food Review: Samjung Grill Restaurant, Poblacion, Makati, PH

Admittedly, this is already a long overdue post. However, as I was perusing my photos in the hopes of clearing up some space on my SD card, I decided, why not write about it.

Last July 14, some co-workers and I braced the rain for hot ramen at Mendokoro. Little did we know that the place was jam-packed and that a lot of people were still in line, waiting for their turn to be served. Saddened yet starving, we had to change plans and look for somewhere else to eat. Left with not a whole lot of options, we took a cab to Makati Avenue and ended up dining in a quaint Korean restaurant named Samjung.

To be honest, it was my first time inside a Korean restaurant. Korean restaurants are everywhere, but I haven’t been in one before. I was never a fan of their cuisine, particularly because, spicy isn’t really my thing. And most of their dishes, well yes, are spicy. While I was hesitant at first, I was easily convinced for two reasons: 1) First times are good; and 2) I was more than hungry. I WAS RAVENOUS. I guess it was the second one that made me go with whatever was put on the table. Not that I cared, I was just really famished. And besides, the belly gets what the what the belly wants.

I won’t be doing a review as detailed as the ones in my previous posts and I hope you all bear with me. Writing this only now makes it rather difficult, as I’m forced to remember the littlest things like what exactly were the dishes we ordered and what they tasted like. Regardless, here’s my review.

Food ⭐⭐⭐⭐

For our mains, we had their Pork Belly (Php 300) and Rib Finger (Php 500) for our Samgyeopsal and these came with two plates of lettuce and two rounds of refillable side dishes. We also got their Steamed egg (Php 150) and Soy Sauce Chicken (Php 400). The highlights for me were the latter.

The portions were considerable. The Soy Sauce Chicken came with 6 pieces, which was more than enough for the four of us. Nothing beats authentic Korean soy chicken. On another note, the egg was cooked perfectly and the drizzle of spicy powder made it even more delish, so to say.

A significant letdown for me would be the fact that their Samgyeopsal was not as filling. The meat slices were rather few and numbered. I can say that for the four bellies we have, our orders wouldn’t have done us justice if we didn’t get the chicken. Good thing though, the meat was fresh and the taste – it didn’t fail us there either. There was a variety of sides that came with the Samgyeopsal; however, the portions were also not as satisfying as we thought or as we would have wanted it to be. Not to mention, only two refills, compared to other Korean restaurants that have unlimited. It could have been a lot nicer with the unlimited, wouldn’t anyone agree?

For our drinks, we had Soju (Php 220). What’s more Korean that Soju, right? From what I know, Soju is Korean rice wine. I would think of it as the counterpart of the Japanese sake. I’ve never had Soju before and I didn’t quite know what to expect, except that it was probably going to taste like vodka. And it did. Stronger. I’d say it was okay, but since I’m personally not a fan of vodka, this drink wasn’t (and isn’t) for me.

Price ⭐⭐⭐

Given the portions and the taste, I’d say the prices are reasonable. I know that meat can be expensive at this day and age so I’m not taking their prices against them. I just think that they should somehow stretch a little bit for their customers, instead of limiting them to just 2 side refills.

Ambiance ⭐⭐⭐

Samjung is a quiet and cozy restaurant compared to the rest of the places within its vicinity. It wasn’t too crowded when we went there, thankfully. It’s also spacious, with a second floor that seemed reserved for larger groups. The decorations were minimal and modest.

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Overall, we had a good time. We walked in hungry and came out stuffed and satisfied. Nothing beats bonding over food and trying out new things with friends. I never thought Korean dining would be this fun and exciting. Now I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try it more often.

Until my next food stop,

Neri ❤

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Food Review: Filling Station, Poblacion, Makati, PH

What was supposedly a ramen night for a friend who’s bound to the UK very, very soon turned into American dining, which I couldn’t be more thankful for.

I would hear about Filling Station once in a while and I would see pictures of the place and the food here and there. Unfortunately, as it seems I’m the “boring” person who won’t even leave the comforts of her bed, I am quite ashamed and proud to say that I have never been to the so-called Red District at night, nor have I had the chance to experience dining at this restaurant. Until last Friday night. (Thank God for Fridays!) 

Getting to Filling Station isn’t quite a bit of a trouble, if you think about it. It’s within the heart of Makati and is definitely accessible from all parts of Metro Manila. Traffic, though, can make it such a hassle, so watch out for payday Fridays and holidays. Although we anticipated that there MIGHT BE and WILL BE traffic, considering that last November 29 was payday Friday because the following day was a holiday, we sure underestimated how bad it could get. What was initially set for 17:30 became much, much later as two of us managed to arrive past 19:00.

I found my whole dining experience here extremely satisfying and you’ll see exactly why.

Ambiance: A Travel Back in Time ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The facade, as well as the interior, take you back in time to that 50’s American vibe where Elvis Presley, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe were stars; where the Cadillac was everyone’s car of choice. Every angle, every corner, was filled with memorabilia from the colorful and eventful past post-World War II.

Food: Good Gracious Servings ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aside from the entire place being Insta-worthy, the food probably is the best part for me. The servings were big enough for 3 really hungry people and the taste totally did not disappoint. Everything that we ordered proved itself to my sensitive and picky palate.

Presley’s Pasta (558 Php) – One of the house favorites and now I know why. The pasta shells were cooked to perfection and the Bechamel sauce, just mmm-good. This pasta dish comes with pizza bread and grilled beef tenderloins. While the pasta was a complete knockout, the steak cuts let us down. When we say medium rare, we don’t mean overly well-done meat.

Crowne Royale (Php 538) – This half-boneless marinated chicken is another bomb. Served with veggies on the side and onion rings on top, this dish originally comes with garlic rice, but can be switched over to fries at no extra cost.

All-Star Nachos (398 Php) – Another house specialty. Multicolored nacho chips topped with loads of ground beef, jalapeno, black olives, cheese sauce and sour cream will leave you wanting more and more of it. I guess you can never go wrong when they say it’s a crowd favorite.

Frozen Strawberry Margarita (Php 888) – Subtle at first, until it hits your gut. The strawberry in it makes it a little bearable for a drink that’s tequila-based. But remember never to get too cozy. After all, it’s still tequila.

Service: Tick-Tock ⭐⭐⭐

The servers were courteous and welcoming. They had smiles on their faces and they picked up orders pretty well. Serving time, though, was a bit of a turn off for me. They served drinks almost immediately, but then the first plate came 20 minutes after. I reckon the fact that they probably have a lot of patrons and first-time visitors like me, but their service turnaround time must be improved. We never want hungry customers going berserk.

Price: Just Right ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have labeled the prices above and they may seem pricey, yes, but I would say that they’re rather reasonable. The quality of their food and the serving size would speak for the price alone. Unlike some other restaurants with very pricey meals, the dishes here are sure to fulfill your cravings and leave you satisfied for the next 12 hours or so. Filling Station offers the Cadillac table to anyone who’s willing to splurge Php 3,000 for food. Not bad, if you’re a group of 4 or 5. It was kind of a shame that we turned down the table, thinking we won’t be able to consume that amount for grub. Until the bill came and we were only some change away from the Php 3,000. Oh, well. Such is life. HAHA.

Overall Rating: A Delicious Experience 

It wasn’t perfect, but I’d definitely go back. It was a fun and refreshing experience. I can’t wait to try out what else is on their bestseller list. I can only imagine it’s going to be top-notch. Not to mention the 50’s diner theme – AWESOMEEEEEE!

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Things can never go wrong when you’re with good friends, dining in good places. Filling Station is located at 5012 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

‘Til next time,

Neri ❤