Hello, kids! I’m back with another resto review and this time around, I’m featuring something more “popular”. In fact, we go to this resto A LOT, especially since it’s in Quezon City.Â Plus, I love samgyupsal like you don’t even understand. 우리 집 Woori Jib is a nice Korean resto along Kalayaan Avenue and their specialty is their samgyupsal all-you-can for only Php299. I actually tried another similar resto near Woori Jib before and was totally turned off by the vandalism and other ugly shizz on the walls. There were even fan wars. EW HOW IMMATURE. Woori Jib is a far less hostile-looking place IMO and I haven’t seen fans congregating there. LOL.
우리 집 Woori Jib Korean restaurant
Last Palm Sunday, we had dinner at that place as our “last hurrah for meat” before the Holy Week. We were joined by my brother, MJ and a Kpop fan-friend who just got back from Saudi, DJ Oblifias. I think it’s important to note that there’s no pork in Saudi. DJ was deprived for more than a year. LOL.
The Krimmy Couple samgyupsal-ing.
Anyway, to those of you who may not be aware, 삼겹살 samgyupsal (our featured dish, which literally means three layer meat) is made of pork belly, similar to bacon, only thicker. You grill the pork on the table and eat it off the grill. But wait! You don’t just down it like a hungry construction worker (offense not meant). Once the pork is grilled, it is dipped in different sauces and wrapped in lettuce. Don’t worry, later Imma show you how to devour samgyupsal… in style.
People from different places go all the way to QC to experience Woori Jib’s samgyupsal all-you-can. Some people have even asked me to make a review about the resto! I shall reiterate once again that it only costs Php299. That’s a muddaeffin’ deal, I tell yah. I even have brought so many friends there! Of course, they also serve 반찬 banchan or side dishes and sell other food. I think it would be sad if they just sell one kind of dish.
Woorijib banchan for samgyupsal.
More than the fact that it’s really delish, it’s also a VERY Korean dish, which is eaten “differently”. Actually, there’s this sense of adventure when you eat it for the first time. Filipinos would be confused initially, especially since it’s not a typical “ulam” with rice but once they get a hang out it, people get addicted! So for everyone’s benefit (and just ‘coz I thought it’d be cool to include it), here’s a basic step-by-step way of eating samgyupsal.
STEP 1: Get a piece of lettuce or perilla leaves. I prefer lettuce and I don’t like cabbage with my samgyupsal.
STEP 2: Dip your grilled piece of pork in 기름장 gireumjang (sesame oil with salt and black pepper).
STEP 3: Place your pork on the lettuce and then add 쌈장 ssamjang (chili paste + soybean paste + sesame oil + other #winning things).
STEP 4: Add banchan and garlic if you want but it’s not mandatory.
STEP 5: Wrap it into a ball of awesomeness and enjoy! Also, don’t mind if I looked haggard on the photo -__-.
Now that I’ve given you unsolicited advice on how to eat samgyupsal even if I know 95% of my readers have eaten this dish, let’s proceed to the real review of the restaurant. As I mentioned earlier, I like its interiors better than its competitor resto because it’s cleaner and more spacious. High ceiling and all that jazz. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MAP OF THE LOCATION.
You know, maybe it was just their bad luck that we went there that night with the intent of reviewing their resto because their service was the WORST. OMG. I can’t even explain. Okay, I can. And if this sounds like a rant, well, it is.
You see, we’ve been there a lot as I mentioned earlier so we were pretty surprised that that night, they sucked hairy balls. First and foremost, no one assisted us in cooking the pork so Jimmy ended up doing EVERYTHING. We were not asking them to cook the pork the whole time but were hoping that they would respond to our requests when we asked. We’ve been there numerous times before and there was ALWAYS a nice kuya helping cut and gril the meat for us.
Second, something must’ve happened earlier that day but holy crap, the staff were just… rude. I do not expect them to be smiling all the time but say, we’d ask for a refill or maybe water… before we could even say something else, they would already turn their backs at us! We’d call them again when they’re just 2 steps away and it’s like they’re deaf!!! Walk out queens much? The first time, I just let it pass but it happened every time we’d call their attention. It started to piss me off, too.
Lastly, the service was soooo slow and it took them years to bring to us what we asked for. There were also unnecessary banging and noises from the kitchen like someone was throwing a tantrum! A waiter even “accidentally” dropped a dish TWICE! WTF! The customer in our next table even had to call the owner to complain about his change or payment or something and the staff was arguing with him! A TOTALLY TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. Jimmy vowed never to go back there again, at least for a long time.
It’s really an unfortunate incident because we were happy with their service before. I don’t mean to diss the the resto but that’s really what we experienced when we were there for this review. Seriously, I’m such a cowboy when it comes to dining and services and I don’t normally give a damn but for me to even blog about it? I think that’s saying a lot. I dunno if they’ve improved since or they’re on a downward spiral but I guess I’ll never know because we won’t be eating there anytime soon.
Do I recommend the place? Why not try it, especially if you’re hungry? It’s really cheap! But do not expect that the meat is gonna be A-class. A normal order of samgyupsal elsewhere costs the same but for only one order. Also, it’s not that well-ventilated, hence it’s quite hot. I just hope you don’t experience the terrible service that they gave us.
MY KOREAN BOYFRIEND’S RATING (10 being the highest):
Food (ingredients/taste/quality): 6 / 10
Place (interiors/facilities): 6 / 10 -> hot
Price (affordability/value): 9/ 10
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