Top Dish

Our friend NickStJames, who is almost Korean (haha!), introduced us to Top Dish, my favorite Korean resto in town.

I'm not a fan of restaurants trying to be all fancy and "authentic", serving expensive Korean dishes. I do love to splurge once in a while, but seriously, P50 for a wilted piece of lettuce? Come on!

Top Dish is as authentic as authentic can be. It's straightforward and sincere. Located in a side street in Makati's red light district, Top Dish is quite small (it has less than 10 tables!) so you have to pass through the kitchen to get to the seating area. The place is almost always packed. Full of Koreans, no less! A sure sign that the food is good.

Top Dish is run by a Korean couple who always happily greets you at the door. The menu is simple but dishes are quite plentiful. You can choose from grilled meats, seafood, noodles, and soups. The prices are really affordable considering the variety of refillable side dishes served on your table.

We always order the samgyeupsal which are grilled slices of pork belly. Minimum order is 2 servings, but at P300, it's definitely worth it.

The order comes with a sampling of side dishes- a couple of versions of kimchi, some steamed and sauteed veggies, mushrooms, peanuts, egg cake and a variety of dipping sauce. You also get a basket of lettuce and a bowl of shaved spicy scallions and rice.

You'll have to come up with your own trick on how to properly pile on the meat, sidings and rice into your lettuce. You'll have to go through some trial and error wrapping it nice and tight, dipping it into the sesame-salt sauce and biting into it without letting it fall all over the place :)

The bulgogi is also our default order. It has a smokey flavor that makes it taste quite homey. If I had a Korean grandmother, this is how I imagine her bulgogi would be. Haha! Sweet and simple. I spoon this onto fluffy white rice and then wrap it with a lettuce leaf. Messy but absolutely delicious!

If we're dining with friends and family, we also order the bibimbap (beef rice bowl). The bowl of hot rice comes topped with beef veggies and a raw egg. You break the yolk, mix it all together then you add as much go chu jang (spicy red pepper paste) and mung bean paste as you want. I like how it has so many different flavors, but when you eat it with the rest of your other dishes, you always feel well fed and satisfied :)

Other must-tries are the kimchi soup, steamed egg and japchae.

Mike and I always spend less than P1000 for a really awesome meal.  I once brought my 3 brothers here and spent less than P300 per person! Sulit!

If you want affordable and unpretentious Korean fare, Top Dish is the answer. It's my go-to place whenever I'm craving for something spicy and flavorful :)

Top Dish is located at 4890 Durban St. 
Directions: From Jupiter (going to Makati Ave), turn right on Polaris. Turn left on Durban st. (Beers Paradise) Top Dish will be the black and white apartment on the left. 
Warning: Parking can be a hassle. If you're lucky you can park right in front of Top Dish.
Open from 4pm to 3am. 
Tel. No: 758-1122

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