6.141 TEKREM 34 + 35 : Bon Jovi on Fire


26 (Tue) May 2015

Dweji Bulgogi


at Hwaroin

-Malate, Manila-


Hwaroin is a Korean restaurant; as the name of the place would suggest — “hwaro = fire oven/stove” + “in = person” — the emphasis is on barbecue.

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 44 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.


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).

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

! an emerging theme, not-so-surprising, is that the restaurants with on-site Korean management tend to demonstrate closer authenticity, though not necessarily higher quality

35 down, 9 to go.

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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 completed 6.095 DONE); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see completed 6.081 Lobster, Baby.); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.136 Twin Brothers); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.070 Chicken and Pork Adobo).



Whereas “hwaro” implicitly promises grills over live coals, the meat was cooked on a flat stainless steel pan fired by a portable gas stove.

The food was mediocre.

The service was painfully slow.

* * * *

24 (Sun) May 2015

Jeyuk Bokum


at Bon Jovi

-Malate, Manila-


Bon Jovi is a Korean restaurant; though way off the beaten path, it seems to be a popular destination for Korean tour groups, as evidenced by the tour buses that are frequently parked out front.
Makes perfect sense.
I wonder if Mr Bon Jovi is aware of this place.

This is the 7th post to cover two restaurants from different dates, one for lunch, the other for dinner.  I will do this whenever possible to accelerate the completion of TEKREM.


The food was crap.

I find it difficult to believe that the feedback from tour groups would warrant repeat business, so management probably has some kind of exclusive arrangement with the travel agency.

The banchan were plentiful, but not a single dish was worth eating.
The jeyuk bokum (stir-fried pork) = syrupy sweet.

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