Restaurant Review: Kaya Korean Restaurant

Published on July 31, 2010

We wanted to make the most out of my last days in Manila before my US assignment so we tried really hard to spend a lot of time doing what we enjoy the most – eating. We planned to have dinner one Thursday night but Boyet was stuck in heavy traffic. I would have wanted to go to Greenbelt but it was already late. I walked to Paseo Center instead and went to Kaya Korean Restaurant. I remember eating at Kaya with Boyet when we were just starting out. It wasn’t a very pleasant dining experience because we didn’t enjoy the food. But I told myself that it might just be a one-time deal since the place is always jam-packed with customers who seemed to have enjoyed the food. I also thought that it would be nice to trace the steps we took years ago. :)

Boyet was on his way when I decided to place our orders. I literally looked like a girl who was stood up by a date. Hehe!

He sent me a message telling me to get him some soup (as usual). He specifically instructed me not to get anything spicy for him. So I asked the waiting staff what he would recommend and he pointed out the Mandoo Gook. This clear soup has lots of leeks and a generous portion of big dumplings.

IMG_2808Mandoo Gook PHP170

Since spicy food was out of the equation, I decided to get Boyet some bulgogi. This thinly-sliced marinated beef gives out the flavors from the mixture of soy sauce, sugar and garlic. I also sensed a distinct aroma which was probably from the sesame oil. This is served best with Kaya’s sticky steamed Korean rice.

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IMG_2813Bap (Steamed Korean Rice) PHP50

It was sizzling garlic shrimps for me. The perfectly-cooked shrimps in salty and spicy sauce were a perfect treat for my growling stomach. Aside from the taste, I really liked the texture of the shrimps which was a good sign that it wasn’t overcooked.

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We both enjoyed everything except the dumpling soup. So I can now say that Kaya was able to redeem itself from our previous experience.

Kaya Korean Restaurant
Level 2 Paseo Center
8757 Paseo de Roxas cor. Salcedo Village
Makati City

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