V for Valentine’s at GeumSan Korean And Chinese Restaurant

Annual Purge Day, Souls/Saints’ Day, Single Awareness Day, Independence Day and National Flowers Day are only few of the many names given by single people to what most couples celebrate today – the Valentine’s Day. BITTER – is what we usually coin those who do not want to admit that today is officially heart’s day. Although it is true that it’s a day not only for lovers but for everyone who loves and is loved, there’s also no denying that today is actually a day especially declared for them lovebirds. (Though I am not saying it’s weird to get flowers or chocolates from your sister.)

I, for one, is a member of the long-running Single Squad Series. I am one of those who don’t want to personally acknowledge Valentine’s Day and its purpose. Why? Because I always get teased for choosing to stay single. Can I not? I find happiness in being single, to be honest (as of the moment). No text messages to send and reply to, no late night conversations to attend to, no special dates to remember and no commitments to put into consideration every decision-making moment. I can like as many oppa and senpai to my heart’s content.

But of course, I am not fully bitter about celebrating V-Day. I have friends who support me for being single because they also are. *insert evil grin here* So, to commemorate this day, I had a date with mah besties! Did we go to a cafe for sweets? Nope. We went to a Korean/Chinese Restaurant for spice and soup, for a change!

GeumSan Korean And Chinese Restaurant is located at Door #3 Autovill compound, F. Torres St. Bajada, Davao City, Philippines (beside Davao Convention Center). They cater both walk-ins and reservations. But since they’re in total bloom, advanced booking is highly advised. This place offers lunch at 10AM-3PM and dinner at 5PM-10PM, with free side dish buffet and hanbok try-out (for picture-taking).

There are 5 things that I would like to commend:

  1. Accommodation. Although there are instances that they don’t get to attend to you all the time due to customers constantly coming in, most of the time, they are attentive and hospitable.
  2. Fast service. I don’t know if it happens everyday, but we did not have to wait long for our 7-dish order to be prepared and served today.
  3. High-speed Internet connection. Five stars. With today’s technological changes, even restaurants and fast food chains have to adapt. Getting your own WiFi connection with a stable and fast speed is almost a must, especially if you want to attract your target market.
  4. Cleanliness. Despite the slightly cramped dining space (due to  the inverse proportion of the number of customers to its area), the place is fairly neat – except for the spot where the hanboks  are hung. (That spot particularly gets messy at times because girls. Dzuh! We can even haul a whole closet in 2 minutes. It’s just so hard to decided which to wear.)
  5. Food. I am no food expert, but I was justly satisfied. I especially like their Spicy Beef Meat Stew (Tteokaegi Gamjatang), Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly (Jeyuk Bokkeum) and of course, the all-time favorite Grilled Pork Belly (Samgyeopsal).

Below are the menus that I grabbed from their Facebook Page (you may process reservations through here).

And this was how we spent our 5PM-8:30PM Valentine date at GeumSan.

Bes, hindi po ako kinain ng sistema this time. Kinain at sinuot ko po yung sistemang K. Hahaha! 

If you’re one of the many Korean culture fans, start ticking off your bucketlist by visiting GeumSan Korean and Chinese restaurant. I personally recommend it. Also, they’ve been having this hanbok competition for a while now. The three most-liked Facebook-uploaded photos (of customers wearing their hanboks) will win Gift Certificates. If you’re interested to join, more contest rules are published here.

(It would  have been more fun if the staff used few common Korean phrases when talking to the customers. It would have been more Korean-ish that way. XD )

Happy Valentine’s Day minna~

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