A few weeks ago, as I walk from work, I passed by an unfamiliar restaurant called Dweji Jip Korean Grill. Their sign advertised unlimited Korean BBQ (Pork & Beef) for ₱499. Although enticing, I waited until I was craving for it.
It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, which was my kind of samgyeopsal-eating mood.
Not only that, Dweji Jip boasts an “authentic” Korean BBQ experience as well. Who doesn’t want that without leaving the Philippines, right? Of course we take on their claim, and they don’t oversell it at all.
Dweji Jip Korean Grill Location
Dweji Jip Korean Grill is located in Creekside Mall, at the 2nd Floor, Amorsolo Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Creekside Mall is home to other hidden gems, such as Cafe Libertad. You can identify the building by the archways at the entrance. You won’t miss the Japanese / Korean text plastered all over the walls.
You’ll have to take an elevator to the 2nd floor to get to the place, which made it feel super secretive given what the outside looks like. You’ll see it when you locate the cute pigs hanging by the door.
The location is a hole in the wall in a way that it is secluded, which is great as there are no lines outside of the restaurant, unlike other places *cough* Samgyupsalamat *cough*.
Discovering this place in an otherwise unremarkable location was somewhat of a fascinating adventure. On the outside there’s a waiting area with a bench and menu displayed on top of an oak barrel for people to see.
Once you’re inside, it’s a completely different vibe, it’s as though you just came home. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you eat here. You’ll feel you’re eating samgyeopsal at home.
If you love K-pop then you’ll be happy to know they play music videos by Korean groups such as TWICE and Red Velvet.
On the other hand, if you aren’t a fan then that’s okay since they don’t play it at such an absurdly loud volume.
Dweji Jip Korean Grill Menu
Dweji Jip offers four (4) unlimited meat packages, which are the following:
12:00PM – 5:00PM
- ₱ 399 – Unlimited Pork
- ₱ 449 – Unlimited Pork and Beef
5:00PM – 12:00AM
- ₱ 449 – Unlimited Pork
- ₱ 499 – Unlimited Pork and Beef
They also offer a la carte pork orders, including side dish and soup. However, they are not unlimited but can be taken out.
You can see the rest of the menu below.
All side dishes and soup are included in the unlimited menu.
What we had
As we wanted to try all that they had to offer, we opted for the unlimited pork and beef, which consisted of several meats listed below.
- Chobul Samgyupsal (Fire-grilled pork belly)
- Chobul Moksal (Fire-grilled pork shoulder butt)
- Daepae Samgyupsal (Thin pork belly)
- Gochujang Jumulleok (Spice marinated pork)
- Bulgogi (Soy sauce marinated pork)
- Woosamgyup (short plate / beef belly)
- Maneul Woosamgyup (Garlic sauce short plate / beef belly)
- Gochujang Woosamgyup (Spicy sauce short plate / beef belly)
We also had the steamed egg on a hot pot (₱179). Nothing groundbreaking, it tastes similar to the one at Samgyupsalamat.
As you can see, Dweji Jip has more variations of pork than beef, but I don’t see that as a bad thing at all and I’ll explain why.
Your usual Korean restaurants offers low-quality and more often than not, thin slices of meat. In Dweji Jip? They’ll say their daepae samgyupsal are thinly-sliced but I guess that’s coming from a Korean standard.
All of the meat they’ve served were not hastily sliced and had firmness in them, something sorely lacking in other samgyupsal restaurants.
Remember the few choices of beef? Well, you don’t have to worry. They can all hold themselves up against the numerous selections of pork. I especially loved the maneul woosamgyup, it was unique in taste and nothing I’ve tried yet.
Is it worth it?
I’ll tell you now, I am not advertising Dweji Jip. I am supporting a restaurant that deserves respect and admiration. I would like to thank the staff for being friendly and accommodating during our visit.
If you ask me if it’s worth it, I would say yes. Writing this review already makes me hungry and want to go for round two.
Are you tired of Samgyupsalamat? Then go here. Your money is good here, for the same price but with better quality service and meat.
As much as I wish you guys wouldn’t go so that no one may ever know the best Korean BBQ grill in Makati, they deserve all the customers that come their way.
Oh, and did I mention that you get to wear a gigantic bib?
They call it an apron, but I prefer bib
Some helpful tips to make your experience better
If you don’t like the smell of meat sticking to your clothes, you can get a fabric deodorizer that’s located on top an oak barrel outside the door. While it is useful, we didn’t find it necessary as no smell stayed on our clothes.
You can also use the charging station by the cashier whenever your phone is low on battery.
Dweji Jip Korean Grill Opening Hours
Dweji Jip Korean Grill is open every day, Monday to Sunday, from 12:00PM – 12:00AM.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DwejiJipPH
Mobile number: 0928-663-8868