Monday, October 5, 2015

Bornga Serves Authentic, Delicious Korean Food in Makati City

Bornga: Original Korean Taste is one of the few restaurants currently housed in the new Alphaland Makati Place. People who know me understand that Korean food is not my favorite cuisine. It's probably because I don't like the taste of the popular Korean Kimchi that people are always raving about. I wouldn't eat it even if I won a lottery that would give me a lifetime supply of this dreadful dish (I'm sorry Kimchi lovers).

Popular Korean restaurants such as Bulgogi Brothers and K-pub, in my opinion, were also very disappointing. In light of this, I do try to steer clear of anything Korean unless I have no choice.

I was dragged into dining at Bornga and, surprisingly, I really loved the food. It's the first Korean restaurant I'd ever want to go back to. Here's why I think Bornga has some pretty noteworthy Korean dishes.

You can enjoy these unlimited Korean sides while waiting for your order to be brought over. I particularly loved the Green Onion Shavings and the Salad with Sesame Dressing, which was very similar to what you can find in Yabu.

I tried the Kimchi but it's really not for me, but I did enjoy the unlimited salad a lot!

I was particularly impressed with the variety of vegetable wraps available. It's refillable so you can have as much healthy vegetable as you can consume. I didn't even dare touch the chilis in the middle.

I loved wrapping up the beef with the vegetables, along with some green onion sides, carrots, and a drizzle of the oil and salt dressing. I loved it all, except maybe the dressing that tasted like Kimchi. A huge bite off of this gives you a delicious savory burst of flavor from all the vegetables and the well-seasoned, well-cooked beef.

The Jap Chae (Php 350), which is a stir-fry of pork, vegetables, and glass noodles was really good. The flavors were really there and the serving was actually quite generous. This dish really opened my eyes to some the amazing flavors in Korean cuisine. I strongly suggest you get a plate of Jap Chae.

The Dolsot Bibimbap (Php 360), which is an assortment of vegetables served on top of some seasoned rice was really good - I can't get enough of it. The serving was also quite generous, so it's actually a pretty affordable dish. Yes, it's another menu item I would recommend you try.

I understand that some Korean restaurants offer different varieties of Bibimbap, Bornga has only one and it's really quite good.

The staff in Bornga were friendly and welcoming form the get-go. The ambiance was also quite nice, it really feels like you're dining at a top-notch Korean restaurant. 

Food Quality: 4.5
Service Quality: 4.5
Ambiance: 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.5

The final verdict? Well, the rating shows it all and I'm definitely coming back to try more of what Bornga has to offer. Yes, I'm hooked!  

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