I always wanted to visit Ayala Malls The 30th since it has opened for public (at last, an Ayala Mall in Ortigas). But I did not want to go there for the sake of going there. Luckily, I stumbled upon a Facebook page about a Korean restaurant featuring Korean BBQ dipped in cheese sauce. It caught my interest – finally, a reason to go The 30th. The Korean restaurant is called Sibyullee (sib-yool-lee). So I did not waste any more time, invited a friend, and went there.

Sibyullee is very hard to miss because it’s just in the front part of the mall. The moment you enter the mall premises, you’re going to see it on your left.

The restaurant is garden-inspired. Lots of artificial vines are elegantly put up in the ceiling. The place is generally clean and has average-size floor area. Tables at the middle have built-in stoves and exhausts but I’m not quite sure if they are actually working because for the Korean BBQ they were providing portable gas stove with grilling plates for each table. Everything runs fine in general. However, it could have been better if the place was a little more colder – the grilling activities increasing the ambient temperature (plus the fact the you’re gonna be eating spicy food) leads to perspiration.

Anyway, let’s talk about the food.

 

Sibyullee. Cheese. BBQ.

Sibyullee. Cheese. BBQ.

The banchan (small side dishes) was served minutes before the main dishes were placed on the table. It consists of several small plates: kimchi, cucumber slices, spicy tofu, pickled radish and sweetened peanuts with dried anchovies.

The Banchan
The Banchan
The Banchan

I did not fail to order Dwaejigogi Cheese BBQ (Php 680.00). After all, the cheesy barbecue is the main reason why I considered the restaurant. It was served in a round grilling plate with four small divisions around it. The pork slices are placed in the middle of the grill together with thin potato slices, mushrooms, red and green bell peppers, onions, and garae-tteok (popular Korean non-glutinous rice cake shaped in to small sticks). The small divisions around it cointain mozzarella with parsesan cheese, scrambled egg, and buttered corn.

Sibyullee's Dwaejigogi Cheese BBQ
Dwaejigogi Cheese BBQ
Sibyullee's Dwaejigogi Cheese BBQ

One of Sibyullee’s main objective, aside from serving good food, is also giving a complete experience. That’s why you don’t have to worry about cooking your own food. They will grill the barbecue for you.

Once the marinated pork is almost cooked, the rest of the ingredients in the middle of the plate are mixed together.

Staff Grilling the Dwaejigogi Cheese BBQ
Staff Grilling the Dwaejigogi Cheese BBQ
Staff Grilling the Dwaejigogi Cheese BBQ

The result was a fantastic flavorful dish – the pork and bell peppers contribute to the spiciness, the onions to the sweetness. It was even more wonderful after dipping it on the already melted cheese on the side. The cheese contributed to the saltiness and milkiness. Now imagine all of these taste in just one bite.

My first morsel of the dish made me almost jumped from where I was seating because of the complex taste my tongue was experiencing.

Soup. And more meat.

Soup. And more meat.

Aside from the BBQ, we had two more orders: the Upjinsal and the Soondubu Chigar.

Upjinsal (Php 350.00) is sauteed sweet thin slices of pork belly. Its sweetness was just right, not too overwhelming. I also love the ratio of the pork fats to its meat. It was so easy to eat and best to match with rice.

Soondubu Chigar (Php 300.00) is a hot and spicy seafood soup. It consists of sliced silken tofu and huge mussels. The soup was absolutely great.

Upjinsal
Upjinsal
Upjinsal
Soondubu Chigar
Soondubu Chigar
Soondubu Chigar
Soondubu Chigar
Soondubu Chigar
Soondubu Chigar in a small bowl. Now imagine how big the mussels were.

You might also want to have Corn and Barley Tea. For fifty pesos, you may have refillable of either cold or hot of it. Drinking it was a good way for me to reduce the heat in my tongue.