Korean cuisine is close to my heart. A late good friend introduced me to the taste of Korean barbecue and cuisine two years ago. I admit I was skeptical at first thinking everything will be just spicy. Let me tell you, when I tasted my first spoonful of Korean food, it was love at first bite. Since then, I have been a fan.
If you are like me, who is a big fan of Korean cuisine, then I have good news for you. A new Korean restaurant has opened and it’s not just any other Korean restaurant. It is the first fine dining Korean barbecue restaurant in South East Asia.
Kiwa Korean Grill and Dining is now in one of Manila’s prestigious hotels and casinos, Solaire. Since December 24, 2015, it has been serving its guests a taste of authentic Korean dishes in a beautifully restaurant that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Korea. Kiwa, according their executives, means a traditional roof tile, the ones used for Korean homes. As a restaurant, they want a shelter, a place that provides a comfortable environment for relaxation and leisure.
I have fallen in love with Kiwa’s interiors the moment I stepped in the main restaurant. I love how natural and traditional it feels inside but modern and chic.
Kiwa uses the freshest ingredients and you can really taste it in the food. Everything tasted fresh, clean and refreshing. Each dish is artfully plated. For those who like to take photos of their food before eating it, everything that was served in Kiwa was Instagramable. It was a feast for the eyes and the mouth. Planning for the menu was headed by Chef Gi Won Park.
I was overwhelmed with the spread of appetizers served but what surprised me is how everything seem to compliment each other. There was balance among the dishes that made me realize how well-thought of the menu was.
The barbecue is the star of the meal. It is, after all, a Korean barbecue restaurant. Kiwa uses grade A+ beef. Korean beef cannot be exported but they use Wagyu and USDA meats. Still the best that is available.
To cap off the wonderful meal were equally delicious Korean desserts.
Kiwa also offers other Korean favorites like bulgogi, bibimbap, galbitang bansang (stew) and even lunch sets.
Service was excellent. The staff were courteous, knowledgeable of the dishes, and efficient. They were even the ones who did the grilling of meat for us and we were served with perfectly-cooked barbecue. Service was nothing short of a five-star hotel standard.
You’d think that with the beautiful interiors, superb food and excellent service, there wouldn’t be anything that can surprise me. Well, surprise! Kiwa uses state-of-the-art exhaust system under the restaurant so all the smoke goes under. This means your hair or clothes will not smell like smoke after eating in Kiwa.
If you want to experience Korean barbecue at its finest, I highly recommend Kiwa. It has opened its doors since December 24th but I encourage you to join in the festivities of their Grand Launch on January 28, 2016.
- Address: Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City
- Phone number: +632 888 8888
- Website: http://www.kiwa.com.ph
- Facebook: Kiwa Korean Grill
- Twitter: @kiwakoreangrill
- Instagram: @kiwakoreangrill