Kaya Korean Restaurant review

Probably one of the first few Korean restaurants that have been popular before the boom of Hallyu reached the Philippines, We've tried Kaya Restaurant a number of times already. I've been into a number of their branches and here's my review:

What is Kaya Korean Restaurant?

Kaya is a Korean restaurant in Manila with numerous branches inside the malls and other major districts. They have authentic Korean dishes that are highly suggested for Filipinos to try. They have a range of choices from popular ones to the not so mainstream dishes but are still worth trying.


Their price range is the average pricing you see when you dine in an authentic Korean restaurant. Expect your meals to range from 200-1000 pesos. It is highly suggested that you dine in groups since some of the orders are good for sharing.


The reviews are from different dining experiences. Let me share some of my favorites from their menu. Their take on tteokbokki (spicy rice cake) at 230 pesos is the usual tteokbokki that Korean parents usually prepare for their kids. It's not super spicy probably because it is adjusted to Filipinos' capacity to handle spicy food. 

Bulgogi Jeongeol (950 pesos) is a traditional Korean food meant for sharing. It contains premium beef, potatoes, noodles, tofu, mushrooms, vegetables, and soup. If you wish to make it a little spicier, you can have it with kimchi and its perfect to go. 

Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Pork with bean curd soup) at 300 pesos inclusive of the side dishes and rice. Side dishes is limited to one serving only. You should pay for refills. Side dishes include bean sprout, peanut, and kimchi. Most of the Korean restaurants I've been to provide free refills for side dishes so so I feel like they never really adjusted when the boom of Korean restaurants started in Metro Manila. Nevertheless, the jjigae is really good.

Probably my favorite among their food, whenever we have events in the Korean Cultural Center (where I am a part of as a Krew volunteer), we often eat lunch boxes from Kaya. I guess they could cater to a variety of lunch box requests since we've tried a lot of this with different side dishes. More so, their lunch boxes usually contain meat, seafood, veggies and fruits! Plus a separate container for rice. The food is good but we hardly finish everything on the lunch box because it can feed two to three people in each box.

Ella's Recommendation

1. Here's another sample of their set meal. The price probably differs on your order and the number of lunch boxes that you wish. You may have it checked with them by visiting one of their branches or via call.

2. For dine-in, it is best that you order visit here in groups so you can chip-in and try variety of Korean dishes.


These are the branches I've visited:

♦ Second Floor, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
♦ BGC Stopover Pavilion, 31st Street Corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
♦ 62 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City