Monday, May 16, 2016

Experience the K-Town Vibe at Soban K-Town Grill

Tradition and evolution conspire in creating one of the unique and emerging subcultures in the culinary scene, with Korean communities, or K-Towns, in LA, New York and Hong Kong leading the way with their own take on modern Korean cuisine infused with global flavors. Now you can experience the exciting flavors of K-Town, at Soban K-Town Grill...

Soban K-Town Grill brings the K-Town experience to the metro, redefining the Korean dining experience with their inventive fusion of traditional Korean and global flavors. Ready for some K-Tacos and Korritos, or Korean Burritos, and traditional Korean-style table-top grilling, all in one place? Head on over for a taste of Soban K-Town Grill.

Sisters Donna Tan-Ng, Dorothy Tan-Dee, and Diana Tan-David, the dynamic trio behind Sariwon (L), recreate the vibrant and evolving flavors of K-Town communities from LA, New York, and Hong Kong in another collaboration with successful restaurateur, Sariwon's Mr. Sung Rah (R), with Soban K-Town Grill.

Building on the success of Sariwon, (for more on Sariwon, see one of my earlier posts on their authentic and Signature Korean Dishes at their BGC location and their Extensive Range of Korean Dishes at their Promenade Greenhills branch), Soban K-Town Grill combines traditional Korean techniques and recipes with ingredients and flavors from around the world for an exciting and distinct culinary style. Inspired by the colorful fusion of cultures in LA's K-Town, traditional Korean cuisine combines elements of American comfort food and Mexican street food for comfortingly familiar yet exciting and new flavors. It's the K-Town vibe recreated, at Soban K-Town Grill. Start your dining experience at Soban K-Town Grill with their refreshing beverages, like the Ripe Mango Shake (P 105), Green Iced Tea (P 65 Single/P 110 Bottomless), and the Mango Banana Shake (P 105).

If you're feeling adventurous, go for Soban K-Town Grill's soothing cocktails, available by the glass or carafe, like the Black Dragon (P 120 Glass/P 400 Carafe, top left), a black tea based cocktail; the Seouljito (P 120 Glass/P 400 Carafe, top right), a refreshing cocktail with citrus and mint; and the Galaxy (P 120 Glass/P 400 Carafe, middle), a frozen slushie cocktail, each one guaranteed to get you in the K-Town groove.

After a few more cocktails, time for some K-Town flavors with Soban K-Town Grill's Kimchi Fries (P 199), crisp potatoes smothered with cheese, roasted pork bits, and kimchi, loaded fries with a flavorful Korean twist. The mild and soothing heat from the kimchi is perfectly balanced by the creamy cheese, capped by the smoky and savory notes of the roasted pork.

Continue your K-Town feast with Soban K-Town Grill's K-Taco (P 75-1pc/P 145-2pcs/P 220/3pcs), or Korean Taco, with lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese, and a choice of Korean barbecue meat, like Spicy Chicken, Pork and Beef Bulgogi, served on a soft flour tortilla. The first bite tells you it's classic Mexican, but then, the sharp notes of the kimchi tells you this is pure K-Town. Go for one, two, or three K-Tacos for a light and quick snack or a filling meal...

...or if you're after a heftier meal, then it's the Korrito (P 180), with fresh lettuce, kimchi, sour cream, cheese, kimchi fried rice and a choice of Korean barbecue meat, rolled in a soft flour tortilla. It's everything you want in a burrito, with that extra burst of Korean flavor. Like the K-Taco, the sharp and mildly spicy notes of the kimchi and kimchi fried rice give it that distinct K-Town flavor, and if you love kimchi, here's a new way of enjoying kimchi.

Soban K-Town Grill pushes the fusion concept even further with the Beef Korilog (P 135), with beef bulgogi and kimchi fried rice topped with an egg for Korean flavors in a distinctly local interpretation drawing inspiration from the "tapsilog." And it works. It's a meal in itself, with a local twist in true K-Town fusion style. Other rice dishes include the Chicken Korilog (P 135), Chicken Teriyaki Bap (P 155), and the Beef Bulgogi Bap (P 155). 

Like most Korean restaurants, you'll find table-top grills at Soban K-Town Grill for their signature barbecued meats.

At Soban K-Town Grill, you can grill samgyupsal (pork) and dak galbi (chicken) marinated in traditional and inventive flavors for a refreshing take on Korean cuisine. Like the 6-Flavor Samgyupsal Set (P 1,420), 540 grams of pork belly that's good for 3-4 persons and served with unlimited rice, salad, soup, and egg roll appetizers. 

The 6-Flavor Samgyupsal Set features pork belly marinated in 6 flavors, including Original (L), for classic and traditional flavors, and the unique Fruity variant (R), succulent pork with a mild sweetness.

The sweet, rounded notes of wine come through with the pork belly marinated in Wine (L), while the Soy Garlic variant (R) infuses local barbecue flavors in true K-Town style.

The last pair includes pork belly marinated in Doenjang (L), a Korean miso; and the spicy Chili Bean variant (R), for that extra heat and kick in flavor. Each flavor is unique and distinct, and if you're going for the 6-Flavor Samgyupsal Set, it's best to start with the Original, followed by the Fruity, Wine, Soy-Garlic, Doenjang, and finally the Chili Bean pork belly. From the Original to the Chili Bean variant, the distinct flavors become increasingly bolder with intense and sharper notes. Why settle for pork belly marinated in one style when you can have six variants on your table?

The 6-Flavor Samgypsal Set is then laid out on your table, and you're just about ready to grill. You can have the staff grill the pork belly right on your table before giving it a go. The idea of grilling your own meal adds another layer to your Korean dining experience at Soban K-Town Grill. You can also go for the Solo Samgyupsal Set (P 315-90g/P355-120g/P405-180g).

Other options include the Dak Galbi Set (P 310-90g/P 325-120g/360-180g), available in Fruity, Spicy, and Doenjang flavors. You can also enjoy chicken prepared the traditional way, like the Dak Bulgogi Set (P 320), sprinkled with sesame seeds for even more flavorful options.

It only takes a few minutes to grill the marinated pork belly... the colors of the pork slowly transform right before your eyes.

Each flavored variant of the juicy pork belly releases its own distinct aroma...

...and once grilled, the pork belly is sliced and placed on the side to remain warm. Simply pick up a fresh and crisp piece of lettuce, dip the pork belly in the spicy gochujang, add some raw garlic and roll it up. The richness of the pork belly is perfectly tempered by the bold notes of the different marinades, each with its own unique flavors.

A slab of marinated chicken, the Dak Galbi, is then laid on the table-top grill for the final course. The delicate notes of the chicken are kicked-up by the marinade, bursting with bold flavors with each bite.

Each set comes with a comforting bowl of Bone Marrow Soup, and you can have as many bowls as you want while enjoying your meal...

...along with unlimited cups of steamed white rice, or simply add P 15 to upgrade to Kimchi Fried Rice in medium or hot levels of spicy heat.

For dessert, cool down with Soban K-Town Grill's Ice Cream Trio (P 135), with three scoops of refreshing ice cream in Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, and Coffee flavors...

...or the elegantly plated Coffee Prince (P 120), with homemade Coffee-flavored ice cream laid on a bed of soft Graham and Korean red beans capped with a chocolate shard. Bold flavors with generous servings and affordable, value-for-money prices, Soban K-Town Grill is a welcome addition to the local food scene. Looking for Korean flavors with a cool K-Town twist? Head on over to Soban K-Town Grill and redefine your Korean dining experience.

Soban K-Town Grill is located at the Second Floor of Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City, Quezon Cityor call 0995-135-8453 for inquiries.

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