There are countless authentic Korean restaurants in Makati. Gaja sets itself apart, however, not by being traditional, but by being modern.
Some of its more interesting dishes include the K-Taco (PHP320/US$6.19), kimchi tortilla with Korean pulled pork and pickled vegetables; Black Haemul Pasta (PHP450/US$8.70), squid ink linguini with seafood and a sweet spicy sauce; and Kimchi Lasagna (PHP350/US$6.77), toaster rice layered with pulled pork, kimchi, and clarified kimchi butter.
Inside Gaja is The Odd Seoul, a Korean-themed speakeasy found behind a wall of soju bottles. Cocktails include the Kimchi Sour (PHP295/US$5.70) made with soju, kimchi, almond, lemon juice, egg white, and dried rose; and My Sassy Girl (PHP295/US$5.70), with soju, passionfruit, almond, salted pineapple, and mango liqueur. They also have soju shooters like the Gaja Bomb (PHP270/US$5.22, for a line up) — soju mixed with aloe vera juice, sour apple, and tequila.