Manila, Philippines — Here’s an embarrassing fact – I thought that KPub, with the establishment’s wild purple design, and hip exterior facade, was a dance club. It’s a shame that I only recently discovered the truth when Team Out of Town attended the grand opening of KPub BBQ Tiendesitas.
There, Mr. George Pua himself talked about how KPub was the pioneer of the whole samgyupsal craze, with their first branch at The Fort Strip in BGC, which opened back in 2013 – the same branch I mistakenly thought was a dance bar.
To be sure, one can theoretically dance there as well, since the interiors of the new Tiendesitas branch is positively cavernous – able to seat more than 500 guests, according to Mr. Pua. The owner also jokingly mentioned how a lot of people, indeed, mistake the brand as a disco or bar.
“Yeah, a lot of people have that impression. It’s the design, the name, the exteriors, but we really want to get the word out, that here in KPub, you get real, quality, authentic Korean barbecue,” says Mr. Pua, when we talked to him during the recent opening of the branch in Pasig City.
A Pioneer in Korean Barbecue Dining
Inside Kpub BBQ Tiendesitas, it’s easy to mistake the space as a party place. Apart from its prodigious size, you are immediately wowed by the giant Samsung 4K Ultra HD video wall display—the biggest video wall in the Philippines, according to Pua. The massive TV dominates an entire wall on the far end of space. The huge display was playing K-Pop music videos all night, to the delight of fans.
For non-K-Pop fans, there will also be live performances, from Mondays to Sundays, where you can sing along with different local bands live on stage. For big groups and private parties, there are two VIP rooms in this branch.
At the opening, guests were treated to the biggest meat-all-you-can, K-Pop themed dining concept in the Philippines. We had unlimited heaps of thinly-sliced, gloriously marbled meat, grilled to perfection on a built-in grill, with refillable plates of Korean side dishes, also known as banchan.
At the opening, Mr. Pua also revealed their “Korean Favorites Festival” buffet where guests can sample some of the best known Korean dishes to complement KPub BBQ’s unlimited servings of quality cuts of beef, pork, and chicken.
Apart from the usual plateful of kimchi and assortment of Korean barbecue sauces, we also tried a special cheese dip for the meats, which is all the rage in the dining concepts at Seoul.
The Great Wall of Tsingtao
Apart from the huge Samsung 4K display, there was also a wall of refrigerators filled with bottles and cans of Tsingtao Beer (a German-style Pilsner using traditional German technique, high quality European raw brewed with mineral water from Laoshan spring), the number one beer in South Korea. The restaurateur fondly called it “The Great Wall of Tsingtao.”
Guests could walk over to the “wall” and grab any of Tsingtao Beer’s six variants: Tsingtao Lager Beer, Tsingtao Pure Draft, Tsingtao Wheat Beer, Tsingtao Strong Beer, Tsingtao Light Beer, and Tsingtao IPA Beer.
For dessert, we had Melona, of course?
KPub BBQ Tiendesitas is located at Building B, Level 2 Food Village, Tiendesitas, Ortigas East, Pasig City. Operating hours are 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 12:00 MN. For reservations and other inquiries, contact 0917 866 8346 / 234 9943 / 234 9953 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow @kpub_bbq_tiendesitas on Instagram and @KpubTiendesitas on Facebook or visit https://www.kpubbbq.com/. Other branches can be visited in Top of the Glo in Glorietta, Garden Restaurant in TriNoma, The Fort Complex in BGC, and The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu.