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Namoo House BGC

There are tons of Korean restaurants in the metro right now that offer dishes at cheaper prices. So what's so good with Namoo House that you should pay them a visit? Their quality meats.

Other people don't understand the fuss about Korean BBQ restos, but I, on the other hand, just can't get enough. I've been to traditional ones (a place called Suwon Galbi in Calamba started it all for me back in 2011), those unlimited samgyupsal ones and some relatively upscale ones, and I just had to join this foodie meet-up because Namoo House is on the premium end of the scale.

The interiors were amazing. A whole wall of empty soju bottles, comfy couches, hanging polished copper exhausts and there were trees inside! The lighting was kind of dim, which is fine with me because it gives a more relaxed vibe (and too much brightness gives me migraines). The color scheme was beautiful, it all came together. Namoo House BGC, I've learned, was the first international franchise of Maple Tree House in South Korea (look them up, they're pretty well-known!) They just had to change the name because 'Maple' was already taken by another local food franchise.

By the way, I noticed they used 2 different types of grills for the pork and the beef. It was explained to us that it was because beef was harder to cook than pork, the beef grill looked more like a big mesh so the meat had more exposure to heat, while the pork grill had slits. You can just tell that they take their meats and the preparations seriously.

We were served the following dishes: Bibimbap, Special Jumbo Beef Rib Soup, Woo Samgyup, Korean Japchae, Aged USDA Prime Rib-Eye, their Kurobota Pork Belly and their Marinated Boneless Short Ribs. The other dishes were good (+1 to the Bibimbap!) but of course, it's all going to be about the meat!

The Kurobota Pork Belly was delish. I love pork and this was definitely able to satisfy my samgyupsal cravings! The meat, though without any marinade, tasted fresh and was really tender. We were assisted in cooking this and we just watched with gusto while the beautiful meat turned glistening brown. It just had the right amount of fat trimming, enough to indulge my appetite for something fatty and greasy. So so good.

The Aged USDA Prime Rib-Eye was cooked medium well -- and I hate to say this but if you want to try Namoo House and is under a budget, you can skip the pork and go for this instead (and my favorite that I'll get into in a bit!) It was really juicy, flavorful and tender and we were all like little kids watching and anticipating the meat turn at the grill! 

Lastly, my favorite out of everything, the Marinated Boneless Short Ribs. It was soaked in a fruit concoction (evident was the pineapple) so it had that savory-smokey with a hint of sweet taste. The outside of the meat caramelized into a beautiful and appetizing shade of brown after cooking and it was just divine! The meat was melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Just fireworks. It's certainly at the top of my list now for the best meat I've ever had in my life.

Overall, great dining experience at Namoo House! With the wonderful ambiance, great service and truly, the best and quality meats. Added bonus was I didn't ended up smelling like burnt charcoal afterwards! Also, don't forget to drink soju while you're there! Gomawo, Namoo House!

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Namoo House is located at GF Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Contact Nos.: (02) 946 3733 / +63 917 527 3898

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