Kaya Korean Restaurant

2/F Glorietta 2, East Drive, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

Kaya Korean Restaurant
3.5
3.5 Stars

48 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 5
  • 4 stars 22
  • 3 stars 14
  • 2 stars 5
  • 1 star 2
  • 49 Reviews
  • 112 Recommend
  • 48 Reviewers
Category:
Korean
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+6326253718

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Price Range

₱165 - ₱240

Most Recent Reviews

Cel C.
5.0 Stars
2

I had a week where I craved for Korean food so when I was at Glorietta for Lang Leav's book signing event, I had lunch here. Place was packed but good thing there was a table for 1 available. Of course, I ordered Soondooboo chigae. They spelled it differently here compared to CU Mealbox's Sundubu Jjigae. Wonder why the difference.

Anyway, the meal comes with side dishes and rice. I didn't eat much of the rice coz the soup is already very filling. You eat the rice by putting it with the soup, is how Koreans do it. Even with Bulgogi. This soup is just so filling and satisfying I am craving for it just by looking at my pics! Haha!

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Kat M.
4.0 Stars
7

Celebrated my sister’s birthday at Kaya because she is addicted to anything Korean haha. I forgot what we ordered but I remembered we had Stir Fried Kangkong, Sizzling Squid, Fish cakes, Kimchi Rice, Dumplings, Bulgogi. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of Korean food so I say it’s just okay for me. My sister loves it though!

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Emily T.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Reich T.
1.0 Stars

I found myself craving for some Kimchi one day. While i was doing my very best to steer my brain away from craving i had a thought. Kimchi craving eh? Boy, you have been bitten my the Korean bug.

Resistance is futile, off i go to Kaya. I got my usual - Bibimbap and extra kimchi.

The bibimbap is not as spectacular as i hoped for. I didn't know that i should have picked the stone bowl thingy in order to get a lil heat (not referring to spice). Yeah, they served it cold! I don't understand! I called the attention of the server and she said i have to pay extra to get the stone bowl version. I am too hungry to argue and i asked if they can at least reheat using the microwave.

I am not gonna rate them low because of the cold bibimbap because i am partly to blame as i failed to review the menu thoroughly. The low rating is for the lack of knowledge from the staff. I think we could've avoided the ruckus had she explained the menu clearly.

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Aaron M.
1.0 Stars

Korean resto that has no side dish refill? WTF!

They only serve one set of side dish per table and it doesnt matter if you are with someone or if you have ordered a lot. The food was also so-so. Nothing tastes and feels like korean.

I am not going back here anymore.

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Kathleen Hazel R.
4.0 Stars

I loooooove soondubu jigae.. I first tasted it in Sariwon.
This version however is just okay. I think it's a bit salty but still satisfying. 128522

The price is 270 for the whole set (with sidings).

The venue is okay because it is spacious.
The staffs are friendly also. Hence, I did enjoy my solo lunch 128522 #foreveraloneforvalentines 128517

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Larah L.
3.0 Stars

expensive and not that good

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Marjorie G.
4.0 Stars

As soon as you enter in this resto, you will be greeted "Annyeonghaseyo" (hello) by Kaya's staff. Personally, I find it endearing. The place is bright and spacious and the interior design is simple.

Thank god for the Jeonju experience, I'm no longer completely clueless about Korean food. So when I perused the menu, I knew what I wanted to eat.

First, the Beef Bulgogi (PHP210). Have you ever had sweet beef tapa? That's basically how bulgogi tastes like, only this one is softer and juicier.

Dak Bulgogi (PHP210) is grilled spicy chicken fillet. Just like beef, dak bulgogi is sweet and luscious. Between the two though, I found myself favoring the chicken version because it has a more defined taste. Also, the meat was so tender I was able to skew it easily with the chopstick.

This order came with the following side dishes: Kongnamul Muchim (bean sprout salad), Musaengchae (spicy radish salad), and my favorite, Neulgeun Oi Muchim.

Kimchi (PHP35) was not included in the complementary side dishes so I ordered one. It remains as my most favorite Korean side dish. It's spicy, a bit sour, it's a perfect partner for the ramyun.

Kaya's Ramyun (PHP180) or the Korean ramen, compared with the one that I tried in Jeonju, leaves much to be desired. Maybe it had to do with the fact that it wasn't spicy so I found it a bit bland.

All in all, the Kaya experience was satisfactory. Kaya did well when it comes to the taste of the food, I just wish it wasn't that expensive and that they have more complementary side dishes. I came there feeling like I could eat a horse and left feeling like I am the horse. I think I'm convinced that you can never go wrong when it comes to Korean food.

What about you guys, do you like Korean cuisine? Which of their food is your favorite?

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Flo A.
3.0 Stars

Not a bad place, but it doesn't compare to our local Korean restaurants in BF Homes.

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Patrick G.
3.0 Stars

We were in Glorietta and we were craving for Korean Food. We ended up at Kaya Korean Restuarant and it was my first time there.

We ordered their Sam Kyup Sal or Grilled Pork Belly for P200 and plain rice for P50. It includes free sidings such as kimchi and other vegetables except for lettuce. Because eating the pork belly will not be complete without the lettuce, we ordered for it for P80. Too bad it is not for free. The lettuce are usually free and even refillable in most Korean restaurants.

The pork and soybean paste sauce was just okay. I think I still prefer going to other Korean place outside the mall.

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DC l.
5.0 Stars

Kaya is the #1 korean resto for me. I prefer the branch in Jupiter for the extra dishes they offer and also they serve more free appetizers.

Dolsot bibimbap: 4.5/5 my favorite bibimbap in the Philippines. at this branch though, the toppings seemed a little less than usual?

Dak bulgogi 5/5 (chicken fillet bbq)

Short ribs 4/5 (the U.S. Sourced kind) good but the serving was so small

Soup with seafood and tofu 4.5/5 (forgot the name)

Squid in chili garlic sauce 4.5/5

Other faves that we didn't order:
Seafood pancake, kimchi chige (kimchee soup), beef bulgogi (matches well with kimchi soup)

Would come back again and again. I have yet to find a korean resto that can beat kaya.

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Gelai G.
4.0 Stars

Food Specialty: Korean Food
Amount: P830.00
Person: 2 Persons

We ordered chapchae, kimbap and korean beef stew!

The best! Love their kimchi and the chapchae is not too sweet which is good!

The beef stew - super tender ng meat!

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Niki B.
5.0 Stars

If you're eating at Kaya, order the following:

1. Their white rice
2. Grill spicy chicken fillet (SUPER SARAP)
3. Fried dumplings

I will never get tired of this restaurant.

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Hazel S.
3.0 Stars

• I liked the squid and Bibimbap
• The Seafood Leek Pancake was okay
• Didn't like the beef that much

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Anna E.
3.0 Stars

I used to love this restaurant and would dine here whenever I'm in Glorietta, no questions asked, before.. But when they moved inside Glorietta (fr their old location outside Glorietta, across SM Makati) I think the staff changed too: from the servers/waiters, to the chefs and cooks.

Somehow the food isn't as tasty as before. The dining experience changed. It does not feel as personal, and home-y. Feels commercialised and fast food-y now. The days of you hearing almost the entire staff greet you with "annyeonghaseyo!" the moment you step in is gone! 128533 It was annoying at the time BUT now I kinda miss it. Perhaps I should make the trip and try the other branches that aren't modernized yet..

However, after saying all that.. I still dine here once in a while. 128522 My usual dishes are the fried dumplings, Japchae (theirs was the best before, now it tastes like the ones in fastfood), Kalbi Gui, Kalbijim.

PHOTO: Tried this dessert on my last visit. Sorry, I did not get the name of it though! Not sure if I dig the taste but definitely good enough to sate a sweet craving and to cap off your Kaya dining experience. A must try for sharing with friends, too!

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Karen G.
4.0 Stars

We were in Glorietta for errands and we decided to have lunch as well. Since we were so hungry already, we chose Kaya and ordered too much (for 2 people). We love the bulgogi - its not complicated and the subtle taste makes up for the dak bulgogi (spicy chicken) and the garlic shrimps. Next time we know what to order - we'll just go for either dak bulgogi or the shrimps. Both tasted too strong (salty) but the shrimps were more garlicky. This is probably my Nth review for kaya only because its very accessible (situated in Malls). We like it. And we get satisfied and loaded. 128055

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Ria d.
3.0 Stars

#latereview: Amongst all our Asian neighbors' cuisine, I like Korean food most. The Korean restos I frequent are not within mall vicinity so I thought why not try one in the mall. I chose Kaya. Hmm let's see, same menu, slightly diff taste though. Free side dish is limited to 3, if you want more, you'd have to pay for it and they are not refillable unlike in other Authentic Korean-run joints (not sure if Kaya's owner/s is/are Korean). My go to orders are Chapchae, Kimbap and Samgyupsal. I was surprised when I was just given the meat for the samgyupsal and have to order the lettuce separately. And my Korean dining wont be complete if i dont wrap the meat in the lettuce! Lol. Overall, limited serving and expensive (though you pay the same price with other Korean restos out there but you will feel cheated on the very minimal serving! Boo).

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Marie Pauline C.
2.0 Stars

Ramyun tastes like an instant noodles. Ugh.

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Fay Sam N.
4.0 Stars

i love the spicy clam soup with tofu

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Jason D.
4.0 Stars

Despite having blindly ticked off dishes in the menu, we managed to create a decent lineup: kaya salad, kimbap, chapche, bulgogi deopbap (grilled pork belly), bulgogi jeongol (sirloin strips with vegetables and noodles), and alamang bibimpap, though we could have done away with the deopbap (it was snubbed, save for the rice) as the rest were more than enough.

Among the hits were the salad, whose sesame vinaigrette we liked, and the chapche, though I prefer Bulgogi Brothers’ chewy version better.

My sister always orders anything ‘alamang’ and so I was ready to dismiss the bibimbap as another ‘one of those’ variant, but this ended up my favorite: it tasted deceivingly healthy as the crab fat was not overwhelming to the taste. (I could’ve finished the entire bowl if only I wasn’t still aware of its cholesterol content.) The best part is the toasty crunchiness of the rice.

The rest was so-so, though more satisfactory than unpleasant. At P500, I thought the jeongol (photo) was overpriced as the meat was stringy and fatty once you cut it into portions. The complimentary banchan of spicy pickled cabbage, bean sprout, and pan-fried sayote was uninspiring as well.

Our bill came down to P1,400+ (with senior citizen discount) for a party of four, which overall, was not bad for a restaurant with safe flavors and offerings.

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