Matgalne Korean Restaurant

4768 Kalayaan Ave. cor. Mariano St., Makati, Metro Manila

Matgalne Korean Restaurant
4.2
4.0 Stars

26 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 9
  • 4 stars 13
  • 3 stars 4
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 28 Reviews
  • 14 Recommend
  • 26 Reviewers
Category:
Korean
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6328902949

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Midz S.
4.0 Stars
7

Went here on a rainy Saturday lunch. We almost got lost because we only took uber since I read that the place doesn't have parking. (True enough, no parking. Perhaps you can park on the street beside it since a lot were parked there when we visited, but scary!) The place didn't have a signage that said "Matgalne" (or I just didn't see it). You'll just see a red sign that says "Korean restaurant".

When we arrived, the place wasn't packed. Maybe because it was raining non-stop. There were only around 2 tables occupied when we entered.

They have a corner style buffet, where plenty of the dishes are displayed. It's like the usual buffet where you get the plates underneath the display area and just pick out which dish you want.

Some of the dishes include rice, bibimbap ingredients (so you can make your own), soup, lots of kimchi, some sauces, onion rings, lettuce and other veggies, kimbap (is that what you call the Korean style rice roll?), and other side dishes I don't know so just check the photos 9996🏼️ Sorry 128513

Honestly, I went here for the unlimited samgyupsal. Unli pork is priced at P399 while unli pork and beef is at P499 per person. Honestly, for a difference of P100, I'm glad we chose the second one. (Plus I only go to these restaurants for the beef). I didn't enjoy the pork. It was a bit thick. The beef was okay. It wasn't as flavorful as the beef from other Korean restaurants I've tried but it's good enough. It didn't matter that much, I enjoyed it! My sister loved making her own rice, mixing kimchi, red been paste stuff and it was good, so make sure you try the unlimited side dishes too!

Place was well lit and maintained. It didn't seem much from the outside, but it looks way better inside. Staff were nice as well. There's no service charge so make sure you give them a little something.

I think we're coming back to this restaurant real soon, since my sister really really loved this place and we're running out of cheap, Korean buffet restaurants to visit. Truly, this restaurant is a gem that people must give a shot.

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Cindz C.
4.0 Stars

Korean food cravings? Then this is the place that i can recommend. For 499 you will get unlimited beef and pork. The only draw back is their limited choice of food. Been there 3x and the still no new menu was introduced. I'm not complaining because I'm happy with my unlimited beef and pork. Cheers

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Mary Love S.
3.0 Stars

Korea has stolen the hearts of many Filipinos with its drama shows, music and food. I’d say, I have this long-term serious relationship with samgyeopsal. Throw in the word “unlimited” and I'll say I love you!

Eat-all-you-can samgyeopsal for only PHP399 with more than 20 side dishes??? Not a bad deal, right? I was lucky to receive an email from A about this place called Matgalne that serves Korean dishes at friendly prices. Since curiosity got the best of me, I decided to pay Matgalne a visit.

It was rather hard to find the place if you’re not familiar with going around Makati but one landmark to remember is St. Giles Hotel and you’re almost there. I was lucky that I could read Korean as we totally didn’t notice the hotel’s signage.

When we arrived, I was surprised that the place was quite packed. Yes, the restaurant was slightly small, similar to how most hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Seoul are but this one could easily seat around 30 people and almost every seat was occupied by a hungry customer. Again, I was lucky as I instantly got a seat as I was in touch with A.

Soon, I started to fill my plate with side dishes. First one I took was the Chapchae (or jabchae), one of my favorite dishes! I love that the sweet potato noodles (Korean 101: Sweet potato noodles is called dangmyeon in Korean) are not as oily and the vegetables included were fresh and quite crunchy. I just love it.

I also got some Jumeok Bap (Korean 101: Bap means rice). It was really yummy! I love the sticky texture and the saltiness of the seaweed.

There were also a lot of “jeon” available such as ham jeon, mushroom (Korean 101: Mushroom is called beoseot in Korean) jeon, and zucchini jeon. The key ingredients namely ham, mushroom and zucchini were [separately] batted in eggs and flour. If you adore fried oreos, pancakes or anything batted in eggs and flour, you’d like these.

I have mentioned several times that I do not like spicy dishes but some manage to be my “exemptions” and one of which is Matgalne’s Dak Kang Jung (Korean 101: Dak means chicken), sweet and spicy chicken. It was flavorful and it wasn’t very spicy. It was just right, and an instant love!

I also enjoyed the Kimbap. It was big and rich in flavor as well. I remember that I used to buy a roll to serve as my meal when I was in Korea as a student. It was filling so try to avoid eating a lot of this.

The Chwinamul (seasoned aster scaber) was also a great side dish! It was fresh and crunchy! Though it was slightly spicy too.

The Mattang (Korean 101: Mattang is sweet potato glazed with caramelized sugar) was also good. I was expecting that it would be very sweet but it had a slight hint of saltiness. It was surprisingly… good.

Other side dishes available that I wasn’t to try are the following—Ojingeo Bokkeum (Korean stir-fried squid), Kimchi (fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables), Kimmari (seaweed roll), Hobakjuk (Korean porridge made from winter squash).

As for the meat (both beef and pork), the cuts were pretty thin so make sure that you check your meat from time to time as some of mine ended up crisp.

Good food, affordable price, winner combination!

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Denise R.
4.0 Stars

Before, I couldn't really figure out what the buzz is about Korean food. What's up with all the veggies, pork, and assorted side dishes? Eventually, I rediscovered Korean food in Matgalne, and fell in love with it, the second time around 128525

First time I ate here was when a Korean officemate treated us for lunch. The area was just small, tucked away along a tight street near Kalayaan. The restaurant's branding was even in Korean, so I wouldn't have figured out that this was the right place, if I went there myself. Tip: best to walk going here as parking is very challenging.

Upon arrival, seats were re-arranged a bit to accommodate us. We were then served plates of samgyupsal which we had to cook on grilling equipment that were set-up on our tables. Near our seats was a long row with assorted side dishes (kimchi, myulchi bokkeum, tofu, kkakdugi, etc) and veggies (lettuce). We were also served with garlic, sesame oil and chili paste.

And this was where I learned how to "properly" eat Samgyupsal, by wrapping the cooked pork belly in lettuce, accompanied by the varied sides and condiments. I loved the experience and have been coming back to Matgalne ever since 128077🏼

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Joicy B.
5.0 Stars

Oh I love lettuce wrapped.. 128522128523128523 nomnom

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Apol L.
5.0 Stars

This is our new favorite Eat all you can Korean restaurant. Price rate is affordable. Place is nice, neat and clean. Staffs are really accommodating and helpful.

Very worth it! 128077

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Jaypee D.
4.0 Stars

My favorite eat-all-you-can Korean resto to date because of its affordable rates: 399 for an unlimited pork samgyeopsal, 499 for pork and beef.

I also like the location because it is seeded at the heart of Makati's red light district, so after you've munched all that samgyeopsal goodness, you can walk around and explore the lively Makati nightlife.

And oh, they have one of the best-tasting homemade kimchi, by the way!

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Jessica T.
5.0 Stars

Although it has an odd location, well, not entirely, and there's very little space for parking, I'd probably still visit this place if I'm craving for some legit Korean food.

My dad might have drowned from all the chap chae he consumed, while me and my sister enjoying cooking those gloriously cut meaty goodness. We enjoyed so much that we got reprimanded for putting sauce on the meat. (Sorry, we didn't know and we weren't informed) hahahaha

It's only sad though that there were limited selection of food. But then again, the place is small, so don't expect so much. 128541

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Jemimah G.
4.0 Stars

I'm bias because i like anything korean, plus it's buffet!
Budget-friendly.
-11088️for their service because there's only one attendant. During lunch time. On a weekend. (Rolls eyes)

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Jacob N.
4.0 Stars

Unlimited Korean goodness!!!! 128077128077128077128522128561

If you like the appetizers that is served in small plates in korean restaurants, youll definitely love this place.. Imagine a buffet table full of appetizers!! 128561128576128525

@300 per head, it is so worth it! 128077

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Masaya S.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Aldwin D.
4.0 Stars

Dinner buffet @p399
Happy naman 128516

Dami lang tao, payday weekend 128521

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Cindz C.
4.0 Stars

If you want a value for your money and death by buffet experience of korean food then this is the place for you. No nonsense interior just a setting for a killer buffet. Will i come back for more... Yes i love it.

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Pau G.
5.0 Stars

If it's hidden, it's good. If it's buffet, it's better. If it's Korean, it's something to die for. If it's everything, hidden, buffet and Korean, what more could you ask for?!

Imagine a buffet dinner for 400 pesos only? I swear I can eat here everyday. Aside from the unlimited meat, they have everything else free flowing -- soup, rice, eggs, kimchi, tofu and a lot more. They have a buffet table of unlimited choices. If only I am not on a diet, I swear, you'll see me here every week. Haha!

Happy Korean eating! 128525

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Emiliza I.
4.0 Stars

Unlimited pork,beef and bulgogi. They serve a lot of Korean side dishes.I didn't enjoy their kimchi. Japchae was good. Staff are very helpful and accommodating.

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Mimai C.
4.0 Stars

Samgyupsal and Beef Buffet for 399 -- how can I say NO? Srsly?

Definitely our new favorite place to stuff our faces with meat and other Korean dishes! 128525

Also love their kimchi jjigae! Nothing could go wrong whenever I get my meat + rice + kimchi + kimchi jjigae fix here. Glad that they now offer bottomless drinks! 128077

End your meat fest with korean ice cream! 127846

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Steph V.
4.0 Stars

This Korean restaurant situated in Kalayaan ave cor. Mariano st is truly a value for money. Been here a couple of times and it never fails. Their dolsot bibimbap is really good and of course, how can you go to a Korean restaurant and not try their Samgyupsal and Beef bbq! Fortunately, they have a buffet promo for lunch and dinner for only 999 for 3 persons! Quite a deal, right? Also it comes with Over 20 unlimited servings of side dishes. Plus there's also make your own bibimbap.

Just be careful with your valuables when you're eating there. Some opportunist took the wallet of this Korean girl enjoying her buffet. Just always keep an eye on your belongings and never leave them unattended.

Overall, i'd still go back to this Korean resto.

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Ali F.
5.0 Stars

This small, focused Korean buffet made quite an impression on me, on my very first visit. Samgyupsal buffets are popping up all over the city, and most are so-so to ok. Matgalne is among the lowest-priced, and yet has one of the best Korean buffets I've had, at any price. Everything is fresh, the flavors bright and clear, and the meat superb. Great value, great quality. This is based on one visit though. I hope it's not a fluke, and they keep up the great work.

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Clarissa P.
5.0 Stars

Matgalne again, buffet yet again!

I managed to score a free buffet for two last week. It was a dinner buffet for bloggers. Anything free is AWESOME and good thing I like Matgalne too.

Same Buffet spread but this time we were assisted by the owner herself, Ms. Windy Park. Serving after serving of Samgyupsal and Chadolbaegi ready for grilling! Aylaveeeet! I really enjoy wrapping a piece of grilled meat in lettuce with all sorts of side dish, kimchi, sesame oil and fish paste! Yay! I can eat a ton!

Not only that, you eat all the Bibimbap you want, Japchae and some Korean dishes. Mostly were spicy but were good!

Ms. Park also served a stew - tender chunks of chicken with potatoes and sweet potatoes, chili paste and sesame seeds. She said it's like Adobo but for me, it was more like Caldereta with a hint of Adobo. It was good!

Great! Another burp-ful buffet! 128077128077128077

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Rustan R.
4.0 Stars

How does 299-399 unlimited korean buffet sounds to you? Here in Matgalne, you can have unlimited korean experience for the price of 299 for unlimited pork only and 399 if you want to have beef on your table. I can say that this is the most budgeted korean experience that you can have. The meat are not that special though, they aren't even marinated! But you can choose from a wide variety of appetizers. Unfortunately, they do not have the sweet mashed potato, the fried dilis and the nuts with sesame seed which i usually munch while eating in a korean restaurant.

By the way, don't ever use their restroom and you'll be fine. That's what my wife said, lol.

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