The Bacolod Food Hunters recieved a tip from one of their friends that there was a Korean restaurant in Bacolod that combined art and paintings by local Negrense artists with Korean Food. It was a saturday night and we had really wanted to go to Sodam korean restaurant (also recommended to us by a friend) but since Martin is a very patriotic negrense the mere mention of “negrense art” gave him a boner and so he insisted we e only to go to Sha-er-gi.
Sha-er-gi is located at second floor Mayfair plaza. The only thing that you will see of the restaurant from the street is a not so enticing sign in Lurid red saying “KOREAN RESTAURANT.” above Bistro Negrense’s sign.
We entered and we were surprised at what we found inside. Beautiful paintings by negrense artists hung upon the walls. A tiny hallway was lined with paintings. To our surprise Sha-er-gi was FULL OF LOCALS happily dining!
We were offered two recently vacated tables. One was in a tiny nook stuffed with art and the other offered a view of Lacson street. Thinking that the view of lacson street was slightly more interesting than art, Martin suggested we sit at the Lacson street table.. Which turned out to have a horrible view since airconditioning vents that were not seen while standing obscured the view as we sat.
Martin could only stare enviously at the art area (which was obstructed by a plant thingy and now taken by some diners)
Sha-er-gi’s bar was artistically designed, packed full of Shoju bottles. The staff was very accommodating and quick, bustling around taking orders.
The food arrived. First was the appetizer course which had free refills (only three free refills!)
We had the Korean back ribs and Yang nyeom chicken.
The ribs were a bit too sweet for our taste. It was tender and well done but we’ve had better tasting ribs at Lord Byrons, Bob’s and pamilya grill.
We ordered their fish ice cream and were pleasantly surprised to get a complimentary free dessert from the owner, who invited us to try their new branch soon to open in front of Robinson’s.
Try sha-er-gi! The pictures we took of it are crappy since there were so many people dining. It’s like dining at a fine art gallery. Be sure to take the coveted art nook!