6.080 TEKREM 25 : Chosun Set

6.080

26 (Thu) March 2015

Chosun Set

3.25

at Café Chosun

-Ermita, Manila-

with DRC, TL, JR, et al.

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Café Chosun is a Korean restaurant–brand-spanking new, the first one to open since TEKREM was launched–specializes in BBQ.
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The place has been busy, sometimes packed to capacity, every time that I’ve passed by, including this evening.

TEKREM (Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate). So long as I’m currently living in Ermita/Malate, a pair of neighborhoods that together constitute central Manila’s closest thing to a Koreatown, and while GMTD was never intended to be a Korean food blog but kinda is, I may as well attempt to eat at all the Korean eateries in the area, including those serving Korean-Chinese fare, and review them here.  Currently 40 known establishments.  Though doubting the discovery of any gems–in fact, I anticipate that most of the places will be similarly mediocre–the project should be interesting, if only in giving me a reason to get out and explore more of my environment.

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The following tiers (“Would I go back for more?”) relate to the overall dining experience, including all the dishes sampled, cost, ambiance, cleanliness, and any other factors that may apply, cumulative through multiple visits (if any)–subject to change.

Tier 1 (looking forward to return visit):

Tier 2 (okay, but not enthusiastically):

Tier 3 (only under dire circumstances):

Tier 4 (to be avoided no matter what):

*no longer in business

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A tad pricier than other places, which typically charge about 300 per portion, but the extras compensate somewhat, now including a free egg casserole.

A nice experience overall.  While the meat was okay, if unremarkable, the extras made up for it mushrooms, onion, tofu, unlimited bean sprouts, even the little sausages, not necessarily in flavor but at least in fun, particularly for novices to this kind of eating (one of them asked: “Are you allowed to cook kimchi??”).  The sides were relatively diverse and dynamic.  And the large griddle allowed for cooking everything at once, requiring less fuss.  Service was quick, efficient, and helpful.  So far, this is the place to beat where BBQ is concerned.

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Here, we paid 150 pesos for the egg, but they’ve since included one for free as part of the package.
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Good sense–the items with sauce are cooked on foil so that the griddle doesn’t need to be changed out with every batch.
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Bulgogi (3.25)–the fresh bean sprouts and garlic leeks provided a very welcome touch of brightness.

The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…);  (ii) TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see most recently 6.055 The Penultimate); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see most recently 6.069 Jo Karubi); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.074 Makchang); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.070 Chicken and Pork Adobo).

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