As you wander the busy streets of Metro Manila, it’s impossible not to come across Korean restaurants and grocery stores–an upshot of the ‘Korean Wave.’ Now, many Filipino diners go to Korean-themed shops to satisfy their cravings.
Sadly, one of the authentic Korean restaurants in the city is saying goodbye to its patrons. After more than 40 years of business operations, Korean Village in Malate, Manila, is set to close its doors this month.
On February 20, reports of the beloved Korean restaurant shutting down started surfacing on Facebook.
“Our favorite KOREAN VILLAGE restaurant for decades will shut down on February 26, 2023. Thank you for the service and memories,” one post reads.
Some avid diners expressed their sadness about the sad announcement.
‘Hala… why kaya? Favorite din namin kumain dyan 😔,” said one comment on one post.
The information was confirmed by the restaurant’s management through a phone call with another media network. On February 25, the beloved Korean Village restaurant will officially close its doors to the public.
For four decades, Korean Village has been the go-to place for diners who are looking for authentic Korean and Japanese dishes. They offer different cuisines like beef miso ramen, tempura, kimchi, bibimbap, fish stew, fried dumplings, grilled mackerel, and spicy squid. They also serve their signature and best-selling dishes, such as chicken barbecue, spicy pork, and beef rib stew.
They also offer hot pots, including sukiyaki, soft tofu chige, and crab chige. For soups, they have spicy beef soup, galbitang, and organic ginseng chicken, while for Korean staples, they offer diners some chapchae noodles, udon, and jjampong.
If you want to experience the authentic atmosphere of the Korean Village before it closes, you can still visit it until Saturday at 566 J. Nakpil St. in Malate. The restaurant is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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