Before anything, I’d like to thank my readers for being so patient, because I can’t exactly go online as often as I would like to type up blog posts. School’s been really hectic, and I finally have some free time now that it’s our semestral break. And I’m also back in Manila so it really feels good to be home!
2 Story Kitchen, located along Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City, is actually the former Cafe Noriter (which also had a branch in Manila). It is a restaurant that serves mainly Korean and also Western cuisine, as well as retaining the coffee and beverage menu from their days as Noriter. As for prices, I personally think they’re fairly steep when you’re on a student’s budget, but I would definitely recommend this place for when you have a little extra cash. (Also, keep in mind that my favorite comfort food is Korean food. Heehee.)
The first time I ate at 2 Story was for lunch sometime in June, with my sister Ate Imee, and her son Matthew. I ordered bibimbap, and Ate ordered a Shrimp & Mushroom pasta for her, and an American-style grilled burger for Matthew.
I was already hungry by this time and so I had no choice but to wait. Besides having some time to chika with Ate, I got to make use of 2 Story’s free WiFi for its customers and tended to my farm on Hay Day. Matthew also made use of the WiFi, using his iPad mini to watch Minecraft videos on YouTube. Ate Imee opted to just check Facebook. 😀
But when the food arrived.. TA-DAAAAAAAH!!
Not really a review but this is what I thought of their bibimbap:
- Big serving! (But then again it’s Php159, so it really better be a big serving.)
- Very filling and hearty.
- I like that they give you some sesame oil along with it. Sesame oil has a really unique flavor that goes well with Korean food, in my opinion.
- You can also ask for extra gochujang, like I did. I really like the taste of bibimbap with it.
- Kinda pointless, but well. The dish it comes in looks like a little trough, which I found cute. 😀
- You can get a bit of taste fatigue (or what we call umay) with such a big serving.
- I’m not so used to having beans in my bibimbap..
Personally, I prefer KRI’s bibimbap. KRI is another restaurant in Dumaguete, but it has an even high price range which is why I rarely eat there. Their bibimbap is almost Php200, and is a slightly smaller serving that 2 Story’s. For comparison, here’s the photo of KRI’s bibimbap when I ate there the Monday after my birthday:
I went to 2 Story again around a month after because I wanted to try something different from their menu. This time, I ordered their kimchi bokeum bap (kimchi fried rice).
I LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTT. (But I still love my own kimchi fried rice more!)
The thing about me and kimchi fried rice is that I usually eat it when I’m stressed out or sad. Somehow, it makes me feel better. Maybe it’s psychosomatic, because I don’t really know or remember anything relating to kimchi fried rice that would really affect me in any way, heh. But it’s yummy.
The regular serving is Php139, and the extra (good for 2) serving is Php199. My younger sister Lucille and I shared the extra size serving before, and it was enough to fill our tummies. Yum!
Because it was late by the time I finished eating, and I was one of the few customers left at that time, I was able to take photos of the interiors. 2 Story Kitchen’s structure has the cafe at the ground floor, and the bigger eating area in the second floor. Within the second floor, they really maximized the space by not only making sort-of cubicles (remember the photo of Ate Imee and I?) as regular booths, they’ve also managed to make an upper deck of sorts for groups who want to eat in a cozier and Korean-inspired way – by sitting on cushions on the floor, around a low table.
As I decided to go home, I also took photos of the interior.
That’s all for my post on 2 Story Kitchen! I hope you enjoyed reading and looking through the photos.