Quick Bite: Rock & Seoul

Korean food had become quite popular in Metro Manila so it’s only natural to see Korean food places spring up everywhere.  One on the newest one I got to try is Rock & Seoul and they set themselves apart by offering customizable Bibimbap.

It’s one of those rare occasions where I found myself in SM North EDSA.  I was looking for something good and new to try when I found out that the ground floor of The Block building has been renovated to accommodate new restaurants!  There were only a few that were already opened and Rock & Seoul is among them.  It’s definitely new to me and they serve one of my favorite Korean dishes, Bibimbap, so I gave it a try.

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The interiors

Rock & Seoul’s specialty is Bibimbap and they allow you to pick what goes into your order.  I was quite hungry at the time so I didn’t bother to go through all that and picked their standard serving.  It was my Meatless Monday so I was so happy that they offer Tofu Bibimbap!

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Tofu Bibimbap

The number of types of items in my Bibimbap may only be a handful but for some reason it looked quite good and fresh.  But more than looks is the taste.  The limited types of vegetables didn’t seem to prevent their Bibimbap from tasting good.  In fact, I had finished almost three-quarters of my food when I noticed something on my table:

Apparently, you’re supposed to add this soy garlic sauce on your Bibimbap

Being just recently opened, their servers forget to mention that they have a soy garlic sauce that you may add to your Bibimbap and it only caught my eye when I took a bit of a breather from eating.  I sampled what this sauce was and I just fell in love with it!  Their Bibimbap on its own is good, but their soy garlic sauce makes it much better albeit I think it’s a bit of “cheating.”  The soy garlic sauce is on the sweet, salty side so anything with it may automatically be construed as delicious.  Anyway, with or without it their Bibimbap is good.

Here are my thoughts:

  • Serving size is just right, not too much, not too little
  • Egg is a bit on the runny side (which I personally prefer)
  • Not that many types of items, but customizable
  • Their gochujang (고추장) or Korean hot sauce is surprisingly mild
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Some of their interesting decors

Overall, I love Rock & Seoul’s concept of a customizable Bibimbap.  And it’s the only place I tried so far that offers meatless Bibimbap!  If you prefer it spicy though, you may have to ask for extra, extra serving of the gochujang as I was hardly able to detect its presence in my order despite asking for a spicy one.  And don’t forget the soy garlic!

Rock & Seoul is located at the ground floor of The Block building of SM City North EDSA

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