Published on September 02, 2015
A few months ago, I got to try O’Rice at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) with some of my officemates. I found myself back in this restaurant one Saturday afternoon right after my medical appointment at St. Luke’s Global. I was on my 18th week of pregnancy. And although our baby’s size was consistent of that of an 18-week-old fetus, my OB/GYN was a bit concerned that I wasn’t getting the required weight gain. She told me that I might be too conscious with my diet because of my gestational diabetes. I told her that it isn’t the case and that I have always been gifted with a hyperactive metabolism! Hahaha! Anyway, my husband decided that day that it would be our cheat day! He said that he wanted to have a Korean feast so I thought of bringing him to O’Rice!
The restaurant’s interior is quite different from the other Korean restaurants that I have been to. Unlike the typical dim and cozy setup that I am used to, O’Rice is sporting a festive vibe with its colorful walls and ceiling. O’Rice may not fall into the usual Korean restaurant mold when it comes to its interiors, but their food definitely didn’t disappoint!
To warm our tummies, we decided to have their Spicy Seafood Ramen. My husband and I went to a phase when we got really addicted to those Korean cup noodles that we usually get from the supermarket. But that day, we got to have something more than dehydrated noodles mixed with bright orange powdered seasoning! Haha!
I tried to stay away from spicy food ever since I got pregnant as it may trigger hyperacidity. But since it was my cheat day, I decided to share it with my husband. At PHP248, you’ll surely get your money’s worth with the generous serving of shrimp, squid and mussels. The noodles were also cooked to perfection. I was expecting it to be soggy given the fact that the broth was too hot when it was served to us. The noodles were still firm up until we finished our bowl. The broth was just divine! It was very tasty, and each sip gave us that distinct seafood flavor. Is it really spicy? Yes, but it was something bearable. This part is subjective because I have very high tolerance with spicy dishes. I remember that one of my officemates was not able to stand the heat. Hihi!
O’Rice offers a wide array of rice meals. Most of the rice meals cost PHP248 and are already good for sharing. That’s already a steal! We got to try their Beef Bulgogi Fried Rice and Chicken Cutlet Rice.
Chicken Cutlet Rice is served with kimchi rice. The chicken cutlet is juicy and very tender, with the crunchy crust giving a nice contrast of texture. It is topped with a mixture of honey mustard and teriyaki sauce which provided a hint of sweetness to balance the pungent taste of the kimchi rice. I know a lot of people who don’t like kimchi rice, and that includes my husband. He liked it in the beginning, but he grew tired of the sharp flavors of the kimchi rice towards the end of the meal. Once again, this is just a matter of preference because I actually liked it.
We may have not agreed with the Chicken Cutlet Rice, but we were unanimous in saying that the Beef Bulgogi Fried Rice was such a treat! Eating bulgogi fried rice is quite tricky because it looks simple and unassuming. I have tried bulgogi fried rice served in some non-Korean restaurants. Most of the time, it ends up in disappointment. That’s why my taste buds jumped out of joy when I tried the bulgogi fried rice from O’Rice!
The beef strips are very tender. Each strip can almost melt in your mouth. The menu says that the beef is marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, honey, onions and pears. This is probably why the dish has the perfect blend of sweetness and tanginess. This is definitely my kind of comfort food. Each time I will dream about eating beef bulgogi fried rice, the one from O’Rice will definitely be one of the versions that will pop out of my head.
To clean our palates after all the spiciness and strong flavors, my husband decided to spoil me some more by having ice cream for dessert. Nyahaha! This isaw-looking ice cream did a great job! It was the perfect way to end our Korean feast. =)
The Forum, 7th Avenue Corner Federacion Drive,
Bonifacio Global City,
* All photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix S3600