I have been to Matgalne Korean Restaurant in Poblacion, Makati a number of times before and I have brought different sets of friends here who loves Korean food too. This place is best for those who love samgyeopsal (pork belly) because they offer unlimited serving of pork belly and beef brisket.
They also offer unlimited access to buffet for lunch and dinner for P399 only.
We tried hobak jeon (zucchini cake), fish jeon, onion rings, vegetable salad, kimchi, tofu, matang (glazed sweet potato), chapchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles), kimbap, egg roll, ojingeo bokkeum (spicy stir-fried squid), fried sausage, and stir-fried fish cake (eomuk japchae).
You can also make your own salad.
For our first round, we had three plates filled up. Because it was past 8:00 pm when we arrived there to have our really late dinner, we were soooo hungry that we were able to eat the contents of these three plates in 10 to 15 minutes. This was our plate for the second round while we were waiting for the pork belly to be cooked.
The pork belly took longer to get cooked compared to the beef brisket because the latter is thinly sliced. My friends preferred the pork belly but I prefer the beef brisket because it is soft and easier to chew, meaning I can eat more! ^_^ The meat may look loaded with fats but when you use the grill plate to cook this, you do not need oil to fry the meat. The meat is cooked with its own fat and the excess fat drips down on one side of the grill plate, so you can eat guilt-free. The meat tastes better with raw or cooked garlic when wrapped with lettuce together with other side dishes.
Even though we came here really hungry, the three of us were only able to consume two sets each of beef brisket and pork belly because my friends and I got so excited trying each meal and side dishes since it is unlimited. My favorites are the spicy stir-fried squid, stir-fried fish cake and beef brisket with garlic wrapped in lettuce.
If you are craving for Korean food or curious about Korean food, you must try this restaurant. It is affordable and their meals taste good too. It was worth the price we paid for. Just looking at the pictures I have taken, I have the urge to go back there though it has only been a week since we went there! Diet mode for now he he…
Address: 4768 Kalayaan Avenue corner Mariano Street Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Contact Number: (02) 890-2949
Payment Option: Cash only.
Operating Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. *Lunch buffet starts from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm while dinner buffet starts from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm.
Parking Space: Good for two cars in front and you may also park at the side of the restaurant.
How To Go There: 1) You may ride MRT and alight at Buendia Station (also known as Gil Puyat Station). 2) Walk towards the gas station and in front of McDonalds or KFC, there are jeepneys which can take you to Makati Avenue. 3) Walk towards the right side and you will pass by 7-11, Mang Inasal, Hotel Inwangsan, North Park Noodle House, City Garden Hotel and St. Giles Hotel. 4) From St. Giles Hotel, cross the street then turn right and you will see the orange building where the restaurant is located.
If you are already in Ayala, you may ride the Makati Loop Jeepney at Park Square or in front of Landmark Department Store until you reach Makati Avenue corner Buendia and follow step 3 and step 4 above.