Get Your Money’s Worth at Kaya Korean Barbecue Cebu

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I’m a creature of habit. I wake up at 5 am and start getting ready for my 6am-3pm work, come home and watch a few Netflix shows before preparing dinner, then go to sleep around 9pm.Repeat that cycle and that’s basically what I do Tuesdays-Saturdays. My weekends are a little different but they, too, come with a routine.

Even though I consider myself as an adventurous foodie, I become loyal to restaurants that leave an impression on me. So when one of the Sangyeopsal places I frequent suddenly decided to change its policy about refills on their complimentary side dishes and even reduced the amount of pork in each order, I knew it was time to go.

That’s when we discovered Kaya Korean Barbecue.

We rarely eat out these days. That’s a big reason why I haven’t blogged a lot lately. And whenever we eat out, we make sure it’s good food and of real value. And that’s exactly why we’ve started to love Kaya Korean Barbecue Cebu. Here are some of the reasons why I think it’s worth checking out at least once:


You get your money’s worth

Don’t get me wrong– eating at Korean restaurants often mean you’d have to spend a lot of money. Even if you eat somewhere affordable, it can still be pretty expensive for us.

One reason why we like Kaya is that you get your money’s worth. Other Korean restaurants also serve lots of side dishes to go with your meal. But from my experience, Kaya’s side dishes are really good! Just check out our photos:

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Side Dish 1: Radish
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Side Dish 2
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Side Dish 3: Mashed Potato

Their side dishes are different

Out of all the Korean restaurants I eat in, Kaya is the only one that serves Chap Chae, Steamed Egg, and Kimchi Pancake as a free side dish.

The Kimchi Pancake was a welcomed taste since it was something new to my taste. During our first visit, we were unable to eat the Kimchi Pancake since the waiter forgot to serve it to our table. We did not know they still had this side dish until we were in the middle of our meal and the server apologized for the late pancake. Hubby and I stared at each other in shock, our jaws stuffed with all the meat and side dishes we were enjoying.

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Side Dish 4: Kimchi Pancake
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Side Dish 5: Steamed Egg
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Side Dish 6: Chap Chae

Unlimited refills

Yes, you read that right. Except for the Steamed Egg and Kimchi Pancake, you can have unlimited refills for your side dish! We were even surprised to know that this was also applicable to the lettuce they usually served with Sangyeopsal. I’m not 100% sure if the Kimchi Pancake is available for a refill but I know the Steamed Egg isn’t. (Please check with the waiter to confirm).

Other Korean restaurants allow side dish refills up to 2 times only.

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Side Dish 7: Veggies
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Side Dish 8: White Kimchi
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Side Dish 9

Mix and match

Whenever you eat at a Sangyeopsal place, you’d be faced with their rule of placing a minimum of two orders. If you were on a budget, you won’t be able to try out the other options on their menu since this is the only thing you can order.

With Kaya Korean Restaurant, you can mix and match your order. During our visit, we ordered one serving of Sangyeopsal and paired that with an order of Bulgogi. This allowed my hubby to discover other Korean dishes other than Sangyeopsal.

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Aged meat

Another thing that makes Kaya Korean Restaurant different from the other Korean restaurants is that their meats are aged to perfection. They also offer a variety of options so make sure to check them out!

One thing I disliked about Kaya Korean Restaurant is that their serving of Sangyeopsal comes with thick cubed slices of pork belly. I would have preferred the meat to be sliced thin so it would be more enjoyable. But maybe that’s just me. Maybe that’s because of their aging process, which is why they opt to cut the meat in thick slices.

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Great staff

Apart from good food, it’s also important to check whether the staff is treating you nicely. One thing I liked about Kaya Korean Restaurant is that their staff is really knowledgeable of their dishes. They are respectful and accommodating, which is why I really like visiting them whenever we can.

Overall, I really recommend you pay a visit to Kaya Korean Barbecue, especially if you frequently crave for Sangyeopsal. It’s worth checking out at least once. But with all the side dish they serve and value for your money, I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we do!


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Kaya Korean Barbecue

2nd Floor Bonifacio District
F. Cabahug St., Mabolo,
Cebu City
Open Daily 5PM – 6AM
For inquiries, call 0917 324 1070


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Good Food Trip (previously GoodFoodTrips) is the personal food blog of an ex-Culinary Arts student named Trixie. She loves cooking as much as experiencing new restaurants. When she's not eating, she's working as a Writer and doing wifey duties.
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