I have been craving for Korean food almost weekly. Lucky for me, there’s a bunch of Korean restaurants around the Ortigas area where I work. 🙂
Last week, my friend and I decided to try a new one called Jang Ga Nae, located behind UA&P and along the road where Astoria and my other favorite Korean restaurant, Hwang Wang Grill, is.
As soon as we sat down, we got served some tea, which I partook whilst Kim and I decided on our orders.
The usual side dishes were served. Kim and I were impressed with the serving per dish and both of us swooned over the fish cakes. The Kimchi, however, was not to our liking.
The side dishes also included this Kimchi Pancake, which again wasn’t a favorite because we didn’t like the Kimchi.
This simple lettuce salad, however, was a joy to our taste buds because of the delicious vinaigrette that came with it.
Finally, because we were in the mood for something new, we ordered Al Tang (PHP250) – a spicy soup that had fish roe as the main ingredient mixed with tofu and vegetables.
Kim adored it! She raved about it even after we left the restaurant. She’s probably going back at another date just to order the same thing.
As for me, well, it reminded me of my grandmother who used to cook us fish roe soup too, though a more Filipino version of it. This took me back to my childhood when my siblings and I fought over who gets to eat the roe. Of course, the fights always ended up with us getting equal-sized parts.
In addition to that, we also had some Cha Dol Ba Gi (PHP280) – grilled beef brisket. Since we didn’t do the grilling, we found the meat a tad overcooked. It was still edible though and good.
Lastly, we were given this pineapple for dessert. A bit overripe but at least it’s free. 🙂
Giving all these, I’d give this restaurant a 7/10. Good service, good ambiance, but just slightly above average food. 🙂
For those interested to go give this place a try, their store hours are as follows: