Korean cuisine may be all the rage in recent years with low-cost K-BBQ buffet joints, fine-dining with K-Pop concepts, as well as groceries opening all over the metro. Sadly, one archaic Korean dining establishment will be closing its doors soon.
According to an article reported by GMA News Online, the restaurant Korean Village along Nakpil in Malate will close on February 25 after more than 40 years in operation. The establishment came to be known as one of the foremost Korean dining places in the city way before the Hallyu wave trended in the country.
As the news of the closing broke out, netizens lamented about the place by sharing happy dining memories they made during its heyday. Some relished how they all got their first samgyup experience in Korean Village while others also wrote how they got their first taste of Korean cuisine at the said restaurant.
Considered to be one of the first Korean restaurants in the city, Korean Village was known for serving classic Korean dishes such as beef stew, jap chae, and bibimbap as well as yakiniku-style of cooking meat, which in Korean terms is recognized to be samgyupsal.
Initially located in Adriatico, the restaurant became the go-to Korean restaurant for families and groups who frequented the area as well as a popular choice for business meetings and office parties for companies located in old Manila.
No exact explanation was reported about the reason for their closing though some netizens speculated that high food costs, competition from newer Korean restaurants, and the unpleasant surroundings of the area are factors to its shutting down.