Saturday, August 20, 2016

Quick bite at Soban K-Town Grill

Place: Spacious and well designed. The colors are furnishings are modern and cool. The dining chairs are comfortable, and the table is big enough.

Food: Generally, delicious!

First on our table are some Kimchi Fries (Php 199): french fries smothered with kimchi, fried pork bits, and cheese. This dish is a winner! The fries are thick and crispy! Soban's kimchi is really tasty; it has the right level of acidity and heat. The quick-melt cheese is creamy and not salty; it tempers the delicious pungency of the kimchi.

Next, a piece of K-Taco (Php 75). Lettuce, kimchi, cheese, Japanese mayonnaise, and sour cream, plus your choice of barbecued meat (spicy chicken, beef, or pork), all nestling inside a slightly charred tortilla. What we have for our K-Taco is spicy chicken, which is a good choice because it completes the flavor fiesta of the dish. All the tastes complement each other: the sourness and heat of the kimchi, the creaminess of the sour cream, the saltiness of the cheese and mayo, the crisp blandness of the lettuce, and the sweet and subtle spiciness of the chicken. Plus, the tortilla is of high quality, thin and crisp. Yum!

Now, for some grilled meat, the place's main offering. What we have is the Samgyupsal Set: 120 grams of pork belly (Php 355) marinated with a Doenjang BBQ Flavor (There are other options: Original, Fruity, Chili Bean, Soy Garlic, and Wine. Doenjang is a Korean bean paste, like miso.) The set comes with unlimited serving of rice, soup, salad, and egg roll. The pork is juicy, tender, and of high quality. The marinade is flavorful, not too salty and has a subtle sweetness. The soup tastes like nilaga with a pronounced ginger taste. It's quite good, actually. The salad is a made with vegetables mixed with kimchi; it is sweet and sour. Appetizing! Equally appetizing is the egg roll. All in all, this set is a satisfying meal option.

For our drink, we got the Seouljito (Php 120), the Korean mojito. Bursting with citrus flavor, combined with the right amount of sppike, this one is a must-drink!

For dessert, we have the Coffee Prince (Php 120), which is a scoop of coffee ice cream on top of a Graham-crust sandwich that has a Korean red bean filling. The ice cream is nice, although there's nothing extraordinary about it. The Graham is buttery and sweet. The red beans are slightly bland and add some chewy texture to the dessert.

We also got a free scoop of Vanilla ice cream (Thanks Samsung!). The ice cream is a tad too milky.

Price: Considering serving size, quality, and taste, the food here is reasonably priced.

Service: Our servers are nice, neat, and friendly, always serving with a smile.

Soban K-Town Grill is on the 2nd floor of the Eastwood Mall.

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