Rainy Day Retreat: Seoul Train Korean BBQ

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It’s been raining like crazy here in Manila recently because of the Southwest Monsoon, and, as much as I love the cozy feeling of staying home on stormy nights, it’s kind of impossible to love the rain when you’re outside. Just last Friday, we found ourselves in UP campus when it suddenly started pouring down heavily.

We could barely see the road because of the strong winds, and the chilly atmosphere left us in dire need of the warmest comfort food possible. In that moment, the thought of spicy noodles and freshly-grilled meats sounded like the perfect solution. So we left campus and headed on over to Seoul Train Korean BBQ along Sgt. Esguerra Ave. near Tomas Morato.

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Seoul Train is an immersive locomotive Korean BBQ that specializes in top quality meats and authentic Korean dishes designed to win over even the pickiest of palates. This train-themed restaurant is owned by concert promoters Vernon and Happee Go, who see the place as a product of their shared love for food, travel, and music.

The Interiors

When I first saw photos of Seoul Train online, I immediately fell in love with its fun theme and quirky, one-of-a-kind interiors. The entire place is designed to look like a train station – complete with graffiti walls, station signs, and a dining area reminiscent of the inside of an actual train!

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To the left of the entrance is the dining area, whose exteriors look like a real life train. Once you step inside, you’ll instantly be greeted by train sounds playing in the hallway.

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The station signs, tiled walls, and automated sliding doors add to the whole “train station” feel.

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The dining area. For private gatherings, you can also rent the restaurant’s VIP room for a minimum consumable charge of P5,000.

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Station and map signs on the walls

The Food

Looking through Seoul Train’s menu was such a delight for me since there were plenty of different BBQ meat options and a nice selection of soups, rice and noodle dishes, and snacks. They also offer other dishes like Beef Bulgogi, Dubu Jeon (tofu), and Haemul Pajeon (Korean seafood pancake). The restaurant is still in its soft opening stage though, so they might add more menu items in the future.

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front: Woo Samgyup (P400)

One of the favorites among Seoul Train’s beef BBQ options, each piece of Woo Samgyup is cut almost paper-thin. This delectable meat tastes even better when dipped in sesame oil and the restaurant’s special house sauce. I loved how each slice was light but packed with that rich beef flavor. It’s currently my favorite BBQ option on their menu!

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right: Samgyeopsal (P350)

Since we also wanted some pork, we tried out their Samgyeopsal. According to the menu, it is the certified “King of the Korean grill” when prepared and cooked properly. It provided a nice contrast to our thinner beef cuts, since each slice of pork was thick and juicy.

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Seoul Train Ssamjang (P100)

Both cuts of meat tasted even more amazing when dipped into Seoul Train’s Ssamjang, the special house sauce I mentioned earlier. This “magic sauce” creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth – spicy, slightly sweet, with a hint of sesame and other ingredients I can’t even pinpoint right now! I honestly love this sauce to bits. ☺

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Tteokbokki with Cheese and Noodles (P360)

A much heartier take on the classic Tteokbokki, this dish adds cheese and noodles to the classic Korean street food staple. It comes in three options: sweet, mild, and spicy. Since I wasn’t sure if I could handle the extremely spicy one, we went with the mild option. This was perfect for the rainy weather since the heat and spice warmed us up a lot.

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Spicy broth, chewy rice cakes, and stringy cheese – yum!

I remember how welcoming the dish looked when it arrived on our table. The warm colors, coupled with the steam rising from the piping hot dish, just made us want to dig in instantly!

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Complimentary salad

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Rainy day comfort food!

Crane Games!

Believe it or not, Seoul Train has also got plenty of arcade crane machines where guests can try their luck at snatching up cute toys and K-pop related goodies! Each try costs just two P10 coins, and you can have your bills exchanged for coins at the cash register.

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Me trying desperately to win a prize

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My only Seoul Train souvenir: Darth Tater ☺

I named this one Darth Tater since he looks like a tater tot. ♥

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Gudetama toys!

I spent way too much money on this particular crane game because the Gudetama toys were all too adorable! Too bad I wasn’t able to get any. They were all too close to the edges so the crane couldn’t really reach them that well.

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So if you’re craving some good Korean food I highly recommend that you visit Seoul Train. The place makes you feel like you’re actually in Seoul, not just through the food but the overall experience as well. I’ve been here a few times already and I just can’t seem to get enough of the place! ☺

Seoul Train Korean BBQ
#28 Sgt. Esguerra Ave., South Triangle, Quezon City (near Tomas Morato)

Contact: 287-2446, 09177722203


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Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11:00am – 2:00pm & 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Budget: around P1,500 – P2,000 for two (or more if you get soju, makgeolli, or wine)

 

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