A year ago, one of my friends told me about his go-to Korean place in Maginhawa (which I later found out wasn’t really along Maginhawa, but a side street called Malingap). The thought of visiting Donday Restaurant slipped my mind, up until my best friends insisted that we give Korean cuisine a try. The plan was to work our way up to Sariwon, and since we’re on a budget, we chose to begin with Donday.
How can you possibly go wrong with just PHP 299 for unlimited pork belly (and some cooked dishes)?
To make the most of the buffet experience, I made it a point not to eat much from the cooked selections. Except for chapchae, ’cause I just need to taste ‘em.
You could just imagine the carnivore in me wanting to grill these immediately… but we had to wait for our friend before cooking anything… I’m a good friend so I waited. Hehe.
May I just mention that this is an al fresco restaurant. I’m not sure whether the room near the buffet table is air-conditioned (didn’t check). Now you might think how one could survive the heat, what with the grill and all. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as hot as I expected, probably because there were sufficient electric fans around. This also meant good natural lighting coming in from the outside, which makes the technical, editorial side of me really, really happy.
Off to the exciting part!
And my pang-food magazine worthy shot…
One of my friends lovingly made samgyupsal for me, but little did I know that I was in for a treat. She secretly included some pieces of squash inside the wrap. It wasn’t that bad; I’m just not fond of it, that’s all.
Also, I tend to break the rules when eating. Instead of aspiring for authenticity, I go for practicality. I just shred the leafy parts off the lettuce stem and eat it like a salad—with my fork. Haha! The same goes with huge burgers. I usually remove the buns and slice the patties. Then bite off the bread. They say this habit is good for one’s bite, but I really didn’t notice a difference. In essence, I’m not the type to bite off more than I can chew. Umi-idiom.
Lunch starts at 11 am and ends at 2 pm. We left the restaurant with happy stomachs a few minutes before 2, haha! I forgot about the dinner schedule but guess it’s more packed in the evenings. The weekday lunch crowd is ideal especially for first-timers because, obviously, less competition for space at the buffet table. Haha!
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Like I mentioned earlier, it’s not along Maginhawa but it should be easily accessible. Landmark is Bayantel. It’s best to ride a tricycle from Save More Sikatuna and just mention Donday. You’ll be surprised—Donday’s situated in a quiet residential neighborhood with a variety of stores around. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were actually welding supply shops in the area, haha!
We’ll definitely come back for the unlimited pork and beef at PHP 399!