A taste of modern Seoul
Sibyullee ups the ante for Korean cheese barbecue
Sibyullee is “a return to our roots in Seoul,” co-managing partner Dotz Tan Dee says. More specifically, it’s a reminder of the famous street food of Myeongdong and the innovative barbecues of Itaewon. The result? One of the heartiest and cheesiest cheese BBQ menus you’ll find in the country.
Armed with an endless supply of mozarella, cheddar, incorporated with premium meat cuts, Sibyullee is the first in the Philippines to offer a complete line of barbecue with grilled cheese dip. They offer all of three meats: the dakgogi (chicken) cheese BBQ, the dwaejigogi (pork) cheese BBQ, and the galbi (beef) cheese BBQ. I had the pleasure of trying their beef short ribs cheese BBQ, and the premium beef practically melted off the bone and into my mouth.
The star of the show, however, is the volcano kimchi fried rice. This might be because it’s the first dish of its kind in the Philippines, or because it’s a glorious amalgamation of rice, cheese, and kimchi to ever grace your palate. The rice is perfectly fluffy and sticky, and the flavors of cheese and kimchi make every spoonful rich with spice and flavors.
They also have other popular Korean specialties, like the seafood pancake, samgyupsal, and other marinated meats you can grill on the spot. For dessert, they have bungeoppang, Sibyullee’s own take on Samanco, the popular fish-shaped ice cream sandwich of Melona.
If you’re not a fan of cheese, Tan Dee plans to add another combo set in the menu. The upcoming Heritage
Sibyullee is ‘a return to our roots in Seoul’”
BBQ Combo set will focus more on the traditional barbecue, served with the Dolsot bibimbap instead of their volcano kimchi fried rice.
“Sibyullee” is actually the name of a village in Sariwon, Korea where Sung Rah’s mother would buy vegetables to make her recipes. Taking inspiration from its namesake, the restaurant’s interiors emulate the traditional Korean houses found in the village of Hanok. With a lot of natural wood updated with some metallic elements and the use of minimalist furniture, the ambiance is kept warm and inviting, with the feel of a modern Korean household. Tan Dee unabashedly admits that she and her sisters are big fans of K-pop and K-drama, which have influenced many of their business decisions. Hence, customers can also enjoy K-pop music in the restaurant all day, every day.
Sibyullee offers a taste of modern Seoul with grilled meats and copious amounts of cheese.
The interiors are bright with crisp and clean lines, metallic accents, and tastefully placed flora.
From top to bottom: Haemul pajeon, Volcano kimchi fried rice, Tornado potato hweori gamja