December 6, 2016

Soban K-Town Grill at Eastwood City Mall

I always deny that I like things that are Korean, but actually, I do. I buy a lot of make up and beauty products from Korean brands. I like their fashion style, a select few of their K-Pop bands and I've watched 1 or 2 of their telenovelas too (back in college). As for their cuisine, I was just ok with it. My liking of Korean food was turned 180 degrees until I tried Soban K-Town Grill. 

I have tried a few Korean restaurants before, even during my childhood (my late father loved it) but all I can remember was that how I hated Kimchi because it is super spicy and I'm not really big into spicy food. For more information on Kimchi, check out this post: How To Make The Most Of The Amazing Benefits Of Kimchi

Soban means small tray or table. Soban K-Town Grill is a collaboration between award-winning Korean restaurateur, Mr. Sung Rah of Sariwon Korean Barbecue and their Philippine franchisee, the Happyfoods Group. 

It is inspired by K-Town in Los Angeles where Korean immigrants settled and began fusing traditional Korean ingredients and techniques wit American comfort foods and the Mexican street food scene, charting a bold a new flavorful path for Korean cuisine. At Soban K-Town Grill they aim to serve their client's favorite Korean pork, chicken BBQ and tacos in a bold, new falvorful way.

On a tiring Thursday night after work, we were treated for a sumptuous and festive dinner by the super nice owners of Soban. Two-tables full of yummy Korean fusion dishes welcomed us and was capped with some Korean inspired alcoholic beverages too. Oh what a night that was! 

Check out what we had that night: 

Premium BBQ Combo Set - This set is good for a group of 3-4 persons. It includes 180g premium marinated beef, 180g pork belly (choice of any flavors: original, fruity, chili bean soy garlic, wine doenjang), 180g boneless fried chicken, 2 Japchae and a maximum of 4 unlimited kimchi fried rice, salad, soup and egg roll appetizer. 

The meats are very flavorful and tender and they came with two signature Soban dips/sauces. I love all-things grilled so I'm giving these grilled meats two-thumbs up! Soban is a grill-it-yourself restaurant, but their servers are super helpful and pro-active and they offered to grill our meats to perfection. Another thumbs up for that!

Their sets also come with unlimited appetizers which is super well worth of one's money. My favorite among the appetizers were the Korean egg roll (I ate a lot of this), Korean mashed potato, soup and the lettuce and garlic which you use to wrap your grilled meat and the dip that it came with. The Kimchi rice was super spicy for my preference so I consumed plain rice instead. All the dishes that come with rice can be upgraded to Kimchi rice, by the way. 

Japchae - stir fried Korean vermicelli noodles with assorted fresh vegetables. I found a new love for Japchae after tasting Soban's version of it. Though it has only a few toppings unlike the regular noodles that we Filipinos are used to, the vermicelli noodles on its own is already super tasty and flavorful. 

Kimchi Fries - smothered with cheese, roasted pork bits and kimchi. A nice new flare to the usual fries. The spiciness is tolerable for my liking. 

K-Taco - a soft taco made with fresh lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese and your choice of K-BBQ meat served on a flour tortilla. I love these tacos! The fusion of ingredients is a burst of flavor in every bite. 

Dak Bulgogi Set - caramelized boneless fried chicken. The chicken meat was tender and the breading smothered with the bulgogi sauce was great. 

Ultimate Beef Bap - 100g flavorful beef belly and mixed rice with assorted vegetable and fried egg in sizzling stone bowl.

Korrito - a burrito made with fresh lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese, kimchi fried rice and your choice of K-BBQ meat wrapped in flour tortilla. Just like the K-Tacos, this burrito is equally satisfying. 

Coffee Prince - homemade coffee ice cream on a bed of soft graham and Korean beans. Talk about presentation, and this dessert won't fail you. I love that the coffee flavor is not too strong and went well with the graham and beans. 

Ice Cream Trio - 3 scoops of homemade ice cream in a bowl (cookies and cream, vanilla, coffee).

Drinks: Soban Iced tea, green iced tea, lemonade, ripe mango, lychee. Comes in single or bottomless servings.

Black Dragon - black tea gets edgy

Galaxy - frozen slushie for the kids at heart

By the way, I would like to commend their staff for being very helpful and pro-active. They are also well knowledgeable of their menu. I really enjoyed dining at Soban that in one month's time I went back twice after this dinner. This place is highly-recommended! 

Second Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
Contact Nos: +63-9951358453 / 02-4418460

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:
Soban K-Town Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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