M.L Quezon National Highway in Lapu-lapu City has oodles of Korean establishments – from coffee shops to restaurants, from spas to novelty stores, giving out a very strong Seoul vibe. Adding to this street’s K-tone is the opening of Korea’s no. 1 Barbecue Restaurant, Magal.
Maribago has a plethora of Korean restaurants already, yet Magal seems to be a great addition. The yellow signs and warm lighting are inviting and sprightly, and the arrangement feels exclusive and comfortable. We were seated in one of the tables that can cozily accommodate a group of 4. The tables at the rear can take in bigger groups, and private rooms are also available for events and celebrations.
My friends and I were craving for something spicy and ordered three fiery numbers on the menu – Spicy Pork Belly, Spicy Squid and Spicy Seafood Noodles. Shortly after placing our order, the server set on the charcoal, topped the grill pan, and poured on the egg souffle on the side slot. The banchan (sides) was generous, and is by the way refillable. We were served with kimchi, soy sesame salad, bean sprout and green onion, pickled cucumbers, serving soup and lettuce to serve as wrappings for the meat. There are exhaust vents installed on each table which lessens the chance of you smelling like barbecue after. Magal Cebu has utilized the space well, with ample room for both the servers passing with the hot charcoal and orders, and the customers moving in and out of the aisles.
So how did I find the food? Exquisitely delicious. Both the pork belly and the squid were well marinated and flavorful. And interestingly, I find their kimchi very appetizing. Not a big fan of it, but Magal’s side was good.
Magal Cebu Branch’s customers are mostly Koreans, making Filipino diners somehow feel like tourists.
The service is very commendable. Attendants were polite and attentive during our visit, even if the place was packed. Every time our grill grate gets too greasy and gets filled with meat residue, they change it with a clean one real quick.
Magal Korean Barbecue Mactan Branch has many other premium meat choices and set selections which I can’t wait to try. Visit them at the 2nd floor of Maribago Coast Center Arcade, M.L Quezon Highway, Maribago Lapu-lapu City 6015, Cebu. They are open from 11:00AM to 3:00AM daily. Contact them through mobile at 09663420534 or Kakao talk ID, magal2018.