My love with Korean food may be pale in comparison to my obsession with Japanese food. Nonetheless, I always enjoy every Korean experience. So whenever the opportunity comes around like today, who was I to say no??? My family and I enjoy a good Korean meal once in a while. We used to frequent KAYA restaurant ( in Jupiter ), Korean garden ( also in Jupiter ) and CHAM CHAM ( at the Korean town just behind Rockwell.
My son , Tom called me up this morning to ask if I was still free for lunch. He was going to have lunch with his wife, Maite and his family at ARA KOREAN RESTAURANT. Since I haven't tried that restaurant yet.. I agreed. I met them at 11am.. We were lucky the place was not full so there was no time spent waiting for a table. But Tom said during weekdays this place is full. Waiting time is usually 20 - 30 minutes.
ARA KOREAN RESTAURANT is located in Malugay street near Buendia Avenue. It is inside the Makati Golf compound. The ambience of ARA is very casual.
As we sat on our table the complimentary side dishes were served to us while we browsed thru their menu. Since Tom was here a couple of times before with his officemates, he suggested we try their popular dishes.
Miguel tries to eat with chopsticks... He wasn't lucky so he ended up eating with utensils rather than go hungry.
Here is what we ordered.
We also had... SAMGYUPSAL - pork belly/ bacon bbq ( 300 PHP ), KALBICHIM - beef stew ( 450 PHP ). Their beef stew was very good. It was very tasty and melts in your mouth. NOK DU JEON - another kind of PAN JEON which is mostly vegetables ( 250 PHP ).
Since we ordered 2 barbecued meats we had a free dish ... Steamed egg. According to Maite, my daughter-in-law, it tasted like Japanese CHAWAN MUSHI Korean style.. ha ha ha !!
Dessert was the usual Pineapple slices and the cinnamon juice. This never fails to cap off a satisfying Korean meal.
The service was wonderful, the owners ( Park Seong Hee and Yoon Yun Sun ) were there to supervise too. Their prices are reasonable. Food quality was consistent and the surroundings are very clean. I was able to interview one of the waitresses and she said they have a Loyalty program where you get points with your purchase and it converts into a cash discount on your bill the next time you dine at ARA Korean Restaurant.
What is your favorite KOREAN RESTAURANT??
How to get there:
Along Buendia, turn right on Malungay street. If you are coming from Makati Avenue going towards Buendia intersection, just by the curve you will see a large Korean restaurant on your right....that is ARA KOREAN RESTAURANT.
ARA KOREAN RESTAURANT
7232 Malugay Street, Bgy. Bel - Air
Makati ( Makati Golf Club )
operating hours : 11:00am - 2:30pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
tel. nos. 817 1206
0917 - 822 2414
0917 - 899 6575