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Sariwon Korean Barbecue at Bonifacio High Street

Sariwon Korean Barbecue, a newly opened restaurant in Bonifacio High Street Central, proves that Koreans and Filipinos are not only similar with their love for music and cheeky telenovelas; they also share a discerning palate for good food.

Sariwon Korean Barbecue at Bonifacio High Street Central

Awarded “Best Korean Restaurant” by NBC Broadcasting Company in 2005 and by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2007, Sariwon had a rather humble beginning. Her husband suffering from diabetes pushed Mrs. Bun-Im Koo to create her own bulgogi sauce from a mixture of various fruits and vegetables without using a single speck of sugar. Urged by neighbours and friends, they established their first restaurant in 1938, which transformed from a small diner with 27 seats to a whopping sitting capacity of 350 at their main branch in South Korea.

Every table in Sariwon is equipped with imported ceramic smokeless grills that have exhausts on the sides that suck out smoke from grilling, so you don’t have to worry about your clothes smelling of smoke upon leaving.

Smokeless grill on each table at Sariwon Korean Barbecue restaurant
After we’ve settled into our seats, we were warmly welcomed by our server, Joy, who was carrying a tray with six side dishes called Banchan. The first thing I recognized was Korea’s national dish โ€“ Kimchi.

Banchan side dishes and Sariwon's house salad

The names of the other side dishes, I asked our server to write down because there’s no way I could spell them myself. Shigumchi is blanched spinach leaves. Moosangchae, or seasoned Korean radish, reminded me of our very own achara. Kochu Meolchi Dokkeum is roasted anchovies with green chilli. They also have seasoned Korean bean sprouts or Kongnamul. Finally, there’s Tanhobak Sarada, which is mashed sweet pumpkin and potato, perhaps the Korean version of mashed potatoes. We forgot that these were side dishes, not appetizers, so when the other food arrived, there’s barely anything left on the plates.

Joy was attending to us during the whole dinner at Sariwon - here with our side dishes and salad

Together with the tray of side dishes came a plate of Kaeinyachae or the house salad. It’s lightly coated with a dressing made with sesame oil and vinegar. The vegetable greens are very fresh and crisp, and the dressing provided a delicately tangy flavor.

Kaeinyachae - Sariwon's house salad
For refreshments, I got myself their Kiwi Fresh Fruit Shake (Php 160). I love eating Kiwi, and Sariwon’s fruit shake definitely gave justice to how delicious this fruit is. I highly recommend everyone who plans to dine at Sariwon to try this. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sariwon's Kiwi Fresh Fruit Shake

Ate Mhel went with a glass of Sangria Soju (Php 195), a refreshing blend of apple, orange, and lemons slices mixed with red wine and soju. I had seconds thoughts on ordering this because I had soju at a beach party once and I woke up the next day with no recall of what happened the previous night. ๐Ÿ˜€ But Sariwon’s turned out to be a surprisingly refreshing drink, not too sweet or too bland, and with just the right amount of alcohol to warm up one’s appetite. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sariwon's Sangria Soju

Japchae (Php 350) is a colorful dish of Korean vermicelli noodles, mushrooms, green onions, carrots, and other assorted vegetables. It’s quite similar to pansit bihon, but Japchae tastes sweeter. The noodles are also thicker and softer to the bite.

Sariwon's Japchae

My favorite part of dinner was when our server turned on the grill and brought out a plate of fresh, very red, and succulent slabs of premium USDA Choice beef short ribs for our Seng Galbi (Php 780). The beef are grilled to your preferred doneness. Of course, we requested ours to be done medium.

Seng Galbi at Sariwon - USDA choice beef short ribs

After grilling, the beef were cut into bite-size pieces. Our server then placed a plate of Sangchoo or a mix of sesame leaves, lettuce, garlic slivers, and chilli paste on our table and instructed us on how to best savor our grilled beef short ribs.

First, stack a piece of lettuce and sesame leaf together, and then grab a piece of meat, top it with garlic slivers and some chilli paste. Put it in your mouth whole like what Koreans traditionally do, or simply take a small bite, chew it slowly and feel a sense of bliss crawl over you as the different flavors play in your mouth.

Sangchoo for our beef short ribs at Sariwon

We weren’t even done raving how delicious Sariwon’s Seng Galbi was when the next dish, Dak Galbi (Php 350) arrived on our tables,ย  smoke still wafting from where the chicken meets the hot metal sizzling plate. The meat was tender, full of flavour, and rightfully deserves to be paired with a serving of steamed rice, which was already sitting on our table.

Sizzling Dak Galbi at Sariwon

We’ve had rice from the previous dish, but when Joy came with a bowl of piping hot Dolsot Bibimbap (Php 380) served in a sizzling stone pot, we were convinced we can squeeze in a few more spoonfuls of rice. This popular variation of bibimbap is very yummy that it doesn’t need to be paired with a viand and can be eaten alone.

Sariwon's Dolsot Bibimbap

The highlight of dinner came when our server replaced the grill top with a copper vessel that will cook our Sariwon Bulgogi (Php 545). She poured a special broth onto the sides of the vessel, added various vegetables and freshly made potato noodles, and grilled silky thin slices of USDA Choice beef in the middle.

Preparing our Sariwon Bulgogi

Our server left and returned with two small bowls of their famous Sariwon Sauce that forever changed the fate of Korean Bulgogi. I have tried bulgogi from another Korean restaurant, and their version stands no comparison with how divine Sariwon Bulgogi tastes like.

Sariwon Bulgogi

I was dismayed after hearing that our dessert is a drink rather than a luscious piece of sweet pastry. BUT, I had a change of heart when I first had a sip of Sariwon’s Sikhye (Php 60.00). It’s a traditional Korean sweet drink made with malt and rice that is allowed to brew for 10 hours to develop the fullest of flavors. The texture of the rice was quite interesting, too. It wasn’t soggy. It was chewy, and I bet you’ll addictively nibble on every single piece of rice when you have this for dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sariwon's Sikhye

We truly had a blast dining at Sariwon Korean Barbecue. The food is superb and incomparable. Their servers are very accommodating, attentive, and anticipative of their customers’ needs. The thing we hope they will successfully strive for is consistency. If they keep doing what they are doing now, who knows in a year or less they’ll be able to open another branch. *fingers crossed*

Sariwon Korean Barbecue
Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Telephone Number: (02) 621-3205
Official Facebook Page:
Twitter Account: @SariwonPH

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Kenneth is the chef in the family (he studied Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Art in GCHA). He's responsible for most of the more complicated recipes featured here, and loves preparing pastries and desserts. Aside from being a chef, he's also a Registered Nurse and Midwife. His love for cooking led him to pursue a culinary career.



  • Ryan

    Hi, how much is all you can eat, if you have?

  • i have tried there din, if you find time try visiting yoogane and try their dak galbi and chap chae

    • Thanks for the dish reco, Emma. Someone left a comment about them and it’s already on our list. Excited to try their food! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • try the new korean resto in Il terrazo Morato, yoogane is the name of the resto

    • Thanks, Sophie! We’ll add them to our list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Eloesita Valderama

    I would love to taste the hot and sizzling Dolsot Bibimbap! hotty…

  • I would love to try Sariwon’s Seng Galbi.ย  *drool*

  • Super looking forward to Seng Galbi, Kiwi Fresh Fruit Shake and Sangria Soju! I would love to taste those dishes. It looks mouth watering, to be honest!

  • I want to say everything! but the Seng Galbi got my attention.

  • Aclan Marilet

    Seng Galbi ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Aclan Marilet

    Drooling already over the pictures of the food. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • I love to try the Seng Galbi and the famous Sariwon Bulgogi!!! ย <3 <3 <3 ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Carmen Watkins

    sariwon bulgogi ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dhio00000000

    Sariwon Bulgogi & Japchae I like to experience its taste.

  • Arzie Siador

    Sariwon Bulgogi

  • Food looks yummy. I’m drooling. I wanna try out the Sangria ย Sojuย . OMG. That sounds perfect! LOL. Hope I win the giveaway. Great food blog you have here.

  • Mary_reana

    japchae and seng galbi. tnx.

  • maryleen santor

    i like to try korean food ^^

  • SENG Galbi

  • sariwon bulgogi

  • Dolsot Bibimbap

  • connie beltran

    I’m looking to taste the SENG GALBI, it’s looks very delicious . I love grilled foods, specially when fresh from grill. I was so amazing when I saw the pictures of the foods. yumyum

  • cynthia galapon

    I love Korean food, but i never tasted Seng Galbi, would love to try it…ย 

  • Sariwon Bulgogi looks yummy! <3

  • I really want to try Seng Galbi, I love how Koreans eat that dish wrapped in leaves. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks so yummy! <3

  • Oh…. actually all of them! Me and my beau are also Korean Cuisine addict. There is actually a so-called Koreatown here in Angeles City were you are able to find all types of Korean food, stores and restos! But I think I’ll go for their JapChae and Bibimbap and see if it makes a lot of difference with what weve been eating here :0)

  • I want to taste BIBIMBAP, its very yummy i think.. Hmmm.cant wait to taste the juicy flavor of it!

  • Malchiel Meneses

    The Bulgogi, Bibimbap, Japchae & Sikhye, they are among Korea’s popular dishes.

  • Maricel

    sizzling Dak Galbi!;)

  • I would love to try the Dolsot Bibimbap and the Dak Galbi. It looks very yummeh! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Looking forward to the Japchae! I love love love Japchae <3

  • Gizette

    sariwon bulgogi <3

  • I like to taste them all especially the Dak Galbi, yum yum..

  • i’d really like to try sariwon bulgogi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole Ann Valladolid

    I would love to try Seng Galbi. I want to experience seeing someone cook in front of me in a restaurant. Plus, it looks very delicious. <3

  • sharmaine arellano

    I want to try the seng galbi

  • dak galbi !!

  • Looking forward to try the Sariwon Bulgogi. Looks yummy!

  • maricel villanueva

    want to try bulgogi:)

  • Zyra Anne

    I want to try bulgogi!

  • Would love to try thatย Dolsot Bibimbap.

  • I want Dak Galbi!

  • I want to try the seng galbi

  • Markgerald Sotto

    Dak Galbi looks nice

  • velinzech

    Seng Galbi looks delicious =)

  • BEI

    I would really like to taste The Sariwon Bulgogi & bibimbap. But I’d love to try all of it! I ย love Korean food!

  • Yssa Maunay

    I’m dying to taste… Dolsot Bibimbap and Sariwon Bulgogi!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

  • Gian Loyola Pacaรฑa

    I want to try the Dolsot Bibimbap! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lara_cp22

    i want to try banchan ๐Ÿ˜€

  • mary grace reyes

    I want to try Dak Galbi.

  • Jill

    I want to try dolsot bibimbap

  • Mirzi Sarte

    Sariwon Bulgogi looks yummy ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jc Asis

    Dak Galbi looks really mouth watering… Yum!

  • Iย haven’tย been there… Ma try nga ito… andami ng naglalabasang grilled restaurant.

  • Dolsot Bibimbop looks delicious!

  • julie gonzales

    Bulgogi of course thats would i like to taste!

  • Katrine Lao

    Dak Galbi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sariwon bulgogi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • aneria

    sariwon bulgogi for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin Rex

    I’d like to try everything! But asked what to choose, i’d try the Bulgogi. :>

  • Hazeluri

    Seng Galbi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • gerlie_d_rivera

    Sariwon Bulgogi!

  • Iย โคย Korean Food! Hope I win. Fingers crossed!

  • I’ve always loved Japchae!

  • Gigi Ramos Mesina

    i want the Sariwon Bulogi!

  • i ย want to try the Sangria Soju:)

  • RubySalazarPapio

    I want to taste the sangria soju love it ..

  • maydoll0513

    I am looking forward to taste the Dolsot Bibimbap! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Magnet972

    i would like to try theshort ribs … ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lcandelaria21

    Of course i want to try everything but im looking forward to try seng galbi.. The way the food and served, cooked and how to eat it is very interesting.

  • i want their beef sangchooย  and dak galbi i miss eating korean dish:( hope i win:)

  • Vvaguilar2003

    I’d like to try the Dak Galbi and the Soju Sangria.

  • I’d really like to try their Dolsot Bibimbap! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Loren

    i want bulgogi & seng galbi!!ย 

  • Kany Vic Perez

    Sariwon Bulgogi, Wanna try that!

  • Ivy tercena

    I want to try the Shigumchi and Dolsot Bibimbap…with Kiwi Fresh Fruit Shake…Hmmm yummy!!!

  • Tinvalderrama


  • mary aiza torrefiel

    I want Dolsot Bibimbap ๐Ÿ™‚


    DOlsot Bibimbap

  • Elmer Sotana

    I want the Dolsot Bibimbap and ย seng Galbi

  • NinMonster

    Seng galbi and Bulgogi for me!- Janine Monasterial

  • christine loraine riveta

    I wanted to try the Dolsot Bibimbap :))

  • seng galbi

  • Emiliana

    I’d love to try the Seng Galbi

  • Merry Jane Ocol

    the bulgogi!!

  • Sariwon Bulgogi look so yummy!

  • Wanna try the succulent Sing Galbi dish. Can’t stop drooling on my seat. Yummy!ย 

  • Jacq Pardo

    The Seng Galbi looks delicious!!! I’d love to try it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marizza Domingo

    I would love to try Seng Galbi. Looks soooo delish! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I want to try Japchae, Seng Galbi and Dak Galbi. They all look delicious.

  • I would love to try Sariwon Bulgogi when I have the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alston Cue

    Bibimbap seems to always leave a good taste in my mouth.

  • Bulgogi!

  • Svetlani

    Gotta try the Sariwon’s Sikhye! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Dak Galbi. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dak Galbi, i just love sizzling foods, love that smoke and looking at the dish in a hot plate…i just love it! : )

  • the Sariwon Bulgogi looks divine and would love to be able to enjoy this with my hubby!!:)

  • Jam01

    Your review makes me drool!!!! I want to taste all of those! Hope I win! *cross fingers*

  • I want to try the Dolsot bibimbap because I love bibimbap

  • K

    want to try bulgogi ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jalysa Reyes

    I want to try seng galbi and bulgogi

  • ShazGepana

    dark galbi and fresh kiwi fruit juice

  • Rachelle Therese Gonzales


  • Grace Concepcion

    Love all ur foods ๐Ÿ™‚

  • everything!!! I’ve been a fan of Korean dishes.. I want to taste their Bulgogi and Japchae. Basta everything! :)))

  • i want to try the “dak galbi”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erlhyn

    I want to try Bulgogi and their version of Bibimbap

  • Maria Christina Paigna

    I would love to try Dolsot Bibimbap

  • AineGarcia

    I want to tryย Dak Galbi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Sariwon Bulgogi!

  • Berto

    I want to try the Jap Chae

  • I want to try the Sariwon Bulgogi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marites

    ย I want to try Seng Galbi.

  • I wanna try Sariwon Bulgogi!! Yaaaay nomnomnom!

  • I wanna try it! I hope I win!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camille

    I want to try Seng Galbi because I am addicted to beef ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I want to try the Dak Galbi, looks good ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Antonettebasbas

    I want to try their Korean Bulgogi! It definitely looks yummy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Iwould love to try ย kiwi fresh fruit shake ๐Ÿ™‚ <3<3<3

  • sariwon bulgogi please ๐Ÿ™‚

  • i want to try dak galbi

  • I would like to try Sariwon’s Seng Galbi.

  • I want to try Japchae

  • Maica_capati

    I would love to try their Kiwi fruit juice!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ plus their korean bulgogi!

  • missbisckt2002

    LOVE to try the Bulgogi!!

  • I’d like to try their Bulgogi!

  • Kim Gacita

    I want to try Sangchoo! I’ve always seen it in Koreanovelas! It looks so delicious! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Crystal Cruz

    I want to try Sariwon Bulgogi. My friends always inggit me with that sariwon bulgogi wish I could try that. ๐Ÿ™ย 

  • GigiBeleno

    I would like to try their version of Bulgogi and the Fresh Kiwi Fruit Shake.
    Happy Anniversary.ย 
    Yeah! you’re there at Breakfast Mag, congrats!!!

  • Giemesina

    seng galbi & dak galbi a must try!

  • I would love to try the Japchae.

  • Seng Galbi and Dolsot Bibimbap for me…yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • i like to try the sariwon bulgogi and seng galbi and dak galbi

  • I’d love to have the SengGalbi and Bulgogi.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still haven’t tried eating in an authentic Korean restaurant so I’m really hoping to try Sariwon really soon.. ^^ Happy blogsary to Certified Foodies!

  • kris

    Seng Galbi and Bulgogi. =) Happy Anniversary! =)

  • Denmarkmarcelino

    I want to try Dak Galbi with my two princess. Happy Anniversary!

  • Jeffrey John Imutan


  • Ryan Ferdinand De Ocampo

    Happy Anniversary Certified foodies! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Allanoreyes

    the Dolsot Bibimbop

  • Ryan Ferdinand De Ocampo

    I’d like to visit and taste everything! But I am particularly interested with the drinks ๐Ÿ™‚ The sangria and ย that sikhye ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rhozallino Ramones

    I love to taste the Kiwi Fresh Fruit Shake.

  • Maureen

    Haven’t tried Korean cuisine before. I’m particularly interested with soju hehe

  • Mike De Guzman

    I want some Seng Galbi and Dolsot Bibimbap

  • vanille_pie13

    i would really like to try the sariwon sikhye!

  • Gelli Dy

    My fave Korean dish which is the dak galbi, i would love it even more if Sariwon made the dak galbi bokkeumbap! ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

    I would also love ย to try the Kiwi Fresh Fruit Shake and the Sangria Soju!and of course, the Sariwon’s Seng Galbi! ๐Ÿ™‚ nomnom

  • Kim

    I’m excited to try their Seng Galbi

  • Lea

    dark galbi, japchae, and the kiwi fresh fruit shake

  • Kathryn Dilay

    Side dish: Tanhobak Sarada. I’ve always loved mashed potato and sweet pumpkin – separately – so, It definitely makes me curious and excited to try them together. Kaeinyachae for my mom since she’s a salad junkie. My dad, who looks Chinese but isn’t one, loves pancit so it’s Japchae for him. Seng Galbi/Sangchoo for our big family of course. Dak Galbi. Chicken is a staple in the family. And of course the Sariwon Bulgogi.

    Hey, I guess that’s everything (almost!). Your reviews were so great that it convinced us to try all that you’ve mentioned here. We just love good food. Ahehe!

  • The kiwi fruit shake! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Dorothy

    I want to try out their Japchae and Seng Galbi!

  • Sella Goden

    I would like to try the Kiwi Fresh Fruit Shake!

  • mmmm i want to try every single thing – especially the Seng Galbi. Yummeh! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • katriane018

    I want to try out their Seng Galbi. Sarap!

  • vanepsal09

    I want to try their Seng Galbi. It looks delish!

  • I love the Seng Galbi…yumyumyum

  • I want them all, but the Seng Galbi really grabbed my attention with those fresh-looking meat. I also want to try to Bulgogi; the cooking vessel looked interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • marge88

    I want the Seng Galbi because I have tried it a long time ago when I was on a Business trip to Korea and has been looking for a place like it here in the Philippines. Really delicious and healthy.

  • Looking forward in trying out their Dolsot bibimbop! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Judy Tan

    I’ve been craving for Korean food and I want to try to eat at Sariwon!ย  Hope I win!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I have tried Bibimbob before and I look forward to try Bulgogi.. and I must say, Korean foods are very delicious and nutritious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Denmark Marcelino

    I want to try Dak Galbi with my two princess! ๐Ÿ™‚ I miss Korean Food!

  • sethjill

    I am looking forward to tasting their Sariwon Bulgogi and the Kiwi shake as well…

  • U8mypinkcookies

    Dak Galbi, Sariwon Bulgogi and JapChae! Gotta be perfect since I’m slowly learning to appreciate Korean food now. ๐Ÿ˜€ Delish!!

  • Lady In Pink

    i would like to try their USDA Choice beef short ribs yummy!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rosepaquino

    i really love japchae, and looking forward to zip the Kiwi shake..!

  • I love Korean food and I look forward to tasting the Deng Galbi with Sangchoo and Dolsot Bibimbap and wash it all down with a glass of Sangria Soju. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Clyde_gabriel

    I like to try the sariwon bulgogi… looks delicious!!!

  • Mai_Flores

    I would have to pick the USDA CHOICE beef short ribs with the plate of Sangchoo! This closely resembles the Samgyeopsal that I had back in Jeonju, South Korea. I must try these!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • this reminds me of the show kimchi chronicles ๐Ÿ˜› anyway, i would love to eat here some time!!!ย 

  • Bea

    Yayyyy! I really love Korean food! I wanna win so bad. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Mary

    i really want to try the sariwon bulgogi. picture palang, mukhang masarap na. what more if i can actually taste it ๐Ÿ˜€ (droooooool) ๐Ÿ˜€

  • tinaelainer

    I’ve always wanted to try out the Korean Soju and their Sangria Soju looks really pleasing!

  • The Sariwon Bulgogi looks really delicious! Just look at the marbling of the beef! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Colwin

    Seng Galbi is the one I want to try! ๐Ÿ™‚