Thursday, October 30, 2008

Korean lunch break at KAYA

Since I had to leave the office to do a couple of (supposedly) quick errands over lunch, I knew I would have barely an hour left to eat. After visiting the bank and buying a couple of things needed at home, I walked around SM Megamall in search of a good place that can serve my order in less than 30 minutes.

Should I go for Japanese? Thai? American Fastfood? Or perhaps Italian? I was becoming more confused and undecided as I pass through a row of food outlets at the Ground Floor of Bldg A.

Suddenly, I heard a greeting....
Ann-young Haseyo!! Welcome to Kaya!
My attention shifted to the jolly looking man holding out a big menu towards my direction. I slowly walked over to him and scanned the menu. Now, I'm suddenly craving for Korean.

He led me to a nice table by the door and handed my the menu. He asked for my choice of drink and excused himself for a while to give me time to decide on my order.

Hmm...I need something quick and yummy. Good thing, Kaya now offers 5 lunch bowls at a very affordable price of Php. 125! This is already inclusive of soup and a glass of iced tea together with your rice bowl.

I chose the Kalbi Jim (korean beef stew) bowl and ordered additional bean sprouts and spinach as sidings.

After 5 minutes, my meal was served. I was impressed with the presentation that I couldn't resist in taking a photo.


I began by trying the sample appetizers placed on top of my rice bowl, it's a combination of kimchi, fermented shrimps and an interesting looking egg roll. Aside from the kimchi, I liked the fermented shrimps which I ended up mixing into my steaming rice. The egg roll, reminds me of the Japanese tamago which is soft and flavorful brought by the chopped spring onions incorporated in it.

I happily ate my lunch as I chewed on the tender beef, slurped the clear broth soup and experimented by dipping my egg roll into the beef stew. Good thing I chose to have a korean lunch break today Ü

Kaya Korean Restaurant is located at the Ground Floor of SM Megamall Building A. They also have branches in Glorietta 4, Powerplant Mall and a lot more

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