You would rarely find authentic Korean restaurant posts on my blog if you take a time-hop to years ago. One, Korean cuisine doesn’t belong to my top 3 of preferred cuisines. Second, I’ve been to several Korean restaurants in Manila when I was a child and there was nothing about Korean food that enticed me, unfortunately. KPOP fans, please don’t get mad at me. This post isn’t on its final paragraph yet.
To let you believe that people change, yes people really do change. My view on Korean cuisine completely changed, slowly but surely. I must admit, I was completely “taste-blind” (pardon my word invention. Haha!) when I left the statement about not liking Korean food. Now, it’s difficult for me to say the big word “No” whenever I receive an invitation to dine in a Korean restaurant.
Recently, I discovered one Korean restaurant located at Bonifacio Global City to rave about. Foodies, meet Yoree Korean Barbeque Dining.
From the word Yoree, “to cook” in English, the establishment already gives an overview of what to expect in this Korean restaurant. From most authentic Korean restaurants I’ve been to, it’s an observation from me that Koreans encourage their customers to grill their own barbecue meat at the diner’s table on built-in gas or charcoal grills.

The Food:

Geran Jjim (Php 130)
Rate: 4/5
To start my ‘gangnam’ lunch, I had a light appetizer, Geran Jjim. Basically, it’s just a lava of fluffy steamed egg on that hot black bowl.
Haemool Soon Tofu (Php 380)
Rate: 4/5
Soft tofu stew with seafood had a reflection of my favorite Thai soup, Tom Yum soup. A medium spicy blend that runs down to the throat with its charming broth.
Hae Mool Pa Jeon (Php 200)
Rate: 3/5
Half-hearted with Hae Mool Pa Jeon. Nothing against the dish, but I think something fried, which is this fried cake, slipped to a different direction for my Korean lunch. I mean, anything fried somehow didn’t fit what I was yearning for.
Seafood Jap Chae (Php 250)
Rate: 4/5
Seafood Jap Chae, the ideal side dish I would have in mind every time I’m about to dig in to any Korean main dish. Sauteed vegetables and beef with sweet potato noodles pinned me to my seat.
Jeonju Dol Sot Bibimbap (Php 380)
Rate: 4/5
Another striker that afternoon was Yoree’s Jeonju Dol Sot Bibimbap. This is Yoree’s version of stone-bowl bibimbap topped with cheese, sautéed vegetables, and beef beautifully arranged on its rice.
The clock’s hands moved me to what I’ve been waiting for… the Korean barbecue at Yoree Korean Dining!
Wagyu Kkot Dung Sim (Php 780 / 130g)
Rate: 5/5
There’s always space in my stomach for this wagyu ribeye steak with button mushroom. It’s not too early for steak. Once you try Yoree’s wagyu, you wouldn’t mind having it anytime of the day.
Yangnyun Galbi (Php 580 / 280g)
Rate: 5/5
Seasoned short rib marinated with sweet and savory sauce for a more distinct flavor once you use it for your wrap together with your lettuce and dips. One order includes vegetables and a piece of shrimp as well.
I can’t believe how I refused to dine in Korean restaurants years ago. Korean barbecue like this galbi cannot go wrong to impress.
Samgyeopsal (Php 380 / 150g)
Rate: 5/5
 Apparently, I wanted to stop eating already. What changed my game was this marinated pork belly with kimchi and garlic. I had to drink a glass of hot tea and proceed with my Korean food trip, with Samgyeopsal as my last savory dish. Plus, I just have to mention that Chef had to personally feed me using his chopsticks. Check out the last photo. That was him about to feed me. Haha! I felt like a baby on a high chair.
Pat Bingsu (Php 170)
Rate: 4/5
Finely shaved ice with azuki red beans, mangoes and candied pecans. A cooling dessert after the sour, sweet and spiciness of all Korean flavors rattling in my mouth.
Soju Cocktail Pitcher (Php 550)
Rate: 4/5
Yoree Iced Tea (Php 120)
Rate: 4/5
First, I chose water over iced tea. While in the middle of my lunch and spotted the cute mason jar with iced tea from my seatmates, I had to get one for myself too. I don’t regret it. The fruity flavors of Yoree’s Iced Tea complements my Korean barbecue lunch.

The Ambiance:

Framed photos of guests and personalities displayed in the restaurant including couches and pillows  shows the homey feel of the restaurant.
Every table has its own built-in charcoal grill. According to Yoree’s Chef Jin Hwan Lee, the charcoal used are all imported from Korea.
With Chef Jin Hwan Lee
Have you tried Yoree Korean Barbeque Dining?
Let me know what you think! 🙂
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Location: Forum South Global, 7th Avenue cor Federation Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 11:30AM-10:30PM
Contact: (+632) 357-0796 / (+63 929) 466-0032
Instagram: @YoreeBBQ
Budget: PHP400++

Food 9/10
Ambiance 8/10
Service 9/10
Cost 9/10
Overall 8.75/10