By now, you and your friends or colleagues are planning your annual Christmas get-togethers—plotting the dates, assigning potlucks, and debating on the venue. While some like to feel at home and comfortable at their own homes, there are those of you who want the convenience of, yes, restaurants. But with so many options in the metro, where else can you go?
Luckily, this Korean barbecue place on Scout Borromeo, Quezon City we've discovered recently can host intimate gatherings to large functions. Technically "new," Woorijib Home of Korean Buffet was in fact established in 1998 and was initially located along Kalayaan Ave.
"It was managed then by our Chef Mr. Bryan Yandug. When his Korean boss decided to migrate back to Korea, I encouraged Chef Bryan to open a Korean restaurant, (which we) named Mokja Korean Restaurant. Its first branch was located along Maginhawa. In just span of one year, the group expanded and opened its second branch along Banawe Avenue. Due to the restos' success and tremendous potential, the group became inspired to expand its network of branches. The idea of reviving Woorijib came into being," explains Redian Pableo, President of Woorijib Home of Korean Buffet.
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Woorijib is all about giving guests a unique dining experience with its homey vibe, says Pableo. "Woorijib means 'our home.' We want our customers to feel at home that is why we call it 'Home of Korean Buffet.' We want them to feel satisfied and happy after they eat and they would want to come back again. Hence, we make sure our food is good and our crew always smile and are friendly to our guests along with their quality service."
Each table from the main restaurant is outfitted with a stainless steel grill in the middle and a silent tube-like exhaust fan that from above. There's also a private room for more intimate gatherings all equipped with their own portable grill top pans.
Woorijib boasts of meats hinged on top quality and affordability, offered as a la carte and in combos. These plates of raw pork, beef, or chicken can be brought to guests upon ordering, with options of servers to do the cooking. More than being a barbecue restaurant, Woorijib also offers other a la carte Korean specialties such as Korean ramen, Kimbap, seafood pancake, and more. The buffet that it is, unlike other restos where servers bring you the banchan (or side dishes), Woorijib has a table in the middle where you can get your own banchans and sauces. (Check out the offered dishes above!)
Woorijib makes sure to give customers a reason to go back, as what Pableo stresses. The resto especially prides itself for what other Korean barbecue restaurants don't have—live bands, cocktails, and private functions. "We cater and organize special occasions with a themed set up like debuts, anniversaries, birthdays, christening, corporate events, and such. In addition to this, we also have our very own cafe and bar with professional mixologists who serve good quality drinks. So after our customers eat, they could claim their free coffee, mocktails, and cocktails there. As for the live band sessions during the weekend, everyone can join in and sing!" Sounds like a good plan for us!
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Photos by Vyn Radovan