Soban K-Town Grill is a modern Korean grill place. It has simple interiors following the monocromatic theme. Four-seater square tables equipped with grillers at the center line-up the place. Thrre are fume extractor tubes installed directly above the round cooktop to remove odors, heat and steam that develops during grilling. It functions as an exhaust plume that sucks out the smoke and stops it from hitting you in the face, making your grilling experience slightly more comfortable.
We got to try the PREMIUM BBQ COMBO SET (P 2200) which is good for 3-4 pax. The set allows one to choose 2 flavors of samgyupsal (pork belly) from Original, Fruity, Chili Bean, Soy Garlic, Wine, and Doenjang. Samgyupsal are classic unmarinated pork belly slices with dipping sauce served on the side. Soban puts the spotlight on the the meat that is cooked table-side, right in front of your face. They have card boards with detailed instructions on how to cook the meat cuts placed on top of each table. We asked the server to do it for us. Once cooked, the server cut it into bite-size pieces.
I love wrapping the unmarinared grilled meat in lettuce leaves with kimchi and gireumjang (salt and black pepper in sesame oil) .
There are many kinds of geotjeori (fresh salads) in Korean cuisine that goes well with it. It puts anyone in the mood for a quick and healthy dinner. Any reluctant child will love eating his meat strips together with crisp, cool leaf vegetable like lettuce.
Each set is served with unlimited kimchi fried rice, soup, and set of 6 side dishes, which the server assembled at our table in small plates. Banchan (share plates) choices include Kimchi, Gyeran Mari, Pamuchim, Gamja Sarada (Korean- Style Mashed Potato Salad), Sangchoo Bokkeum, Meolchi Bokkeum (Dried Anchovies), Sangchoo, and Kimchi Fried Rice (which can be changed to plain rice upon request). The sides are refillable.
We were also served these dishes to complement our meal:
180g Dak Ganjeong (Caramelized Boneless Fried Chicken) was flavorful. The chicken meat was moist and tender under its sweet batter.
Pajeon (Traditional Korean Seafood Pancake) came in cut into small squares and with a dipping sauce.
Japchae (Stir-fried Korean Vermicelli Noodles) is a semi-sweet dish that I really like. It is made from sweet potato-based noodles, beef and vegetables.
Gimbap (Korean Seaweed Rice Roll) is similar to a sushi with julienned carrots and cucumber. The didifferenclies in the fact that it is seasoned with sesame oil instead of vinegar.
Gyeranjim (Egg Casserole) is similar to quiche. It is savory custard with cheese mixed in.
Kimchi Fries tasted really good, with just the right amount of Kimchi flavor mixed with cheese.
We had Coffee Prince to cap our meal. It is homemade Coffee Ice Cream on a bed of soft graham and Korean red beans.
With unlimited sides, rice, and soup, what more can you ask for?
Soban K-Town Grill
ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City