Bacolod Chicken Parilla (4 Scout Reyes cor Scout Gandia Laging Handa, Quezon City)

Bacolod Chicken ParillaDate visited: March 2013

What we ordered:

Paa and Pecho with Garlic rice, Kansi

 

Taste = 3.5/5

–          There are several good reviews about this restaurant; one of them even says it is better than JT’s. Having tasted their version of chicken inasal, we were a bit disappointed that it tasted too “ordinary.” It was also on the dry side, especially the breast part and the size was visibly smaller than JT’s. The saving grace was the bottomless chicken oil. Lyn described the kansi as bitter nilagang baka.

 

Service = 4/5

–          The servers gave good service and were attentive enough. We could see that they treated their regular customers very well.

 

Ambience = 4/5

–          The place has an air-conditioned and an al fresco area. The advantage of the air-conditioned area is the nice temperature and better-looking dining area. Unfortunately, it was too noisy. The al fresco area feels more relaxed but the smoke from the grill might get to you.

 

Value for money = 4/5

–          If you consider their serving sizes, the prices are acceptable. We just wish they could improve on the quality and sizes of their dishes including the rice.

 

JT’s Manukan (4 Granada St. corner Valencia St., Ortigas Avenue Extension, Quezon City)

JT's ManukanDate visited: February 2013

What we ordered:

Paa and Pecho with Garlic rice

Taste = 5/5

–          Arguably one of the best, if not, the best-tasting chicken barbeque in Metro Manila. I haven’t been to Bacolod so I don’t know what a real ‘inasal’ tastes like but JT’s makes very tasty chicken barbeques. The chicken meat was very tender and the distinctive taste reached the innermost parts right down to the bone! When paired with their garlic rice with chicken oil, forget about it! We also liked being able to mix our own dipping sauces because I wanted a little more vinegar to my soy-sauce-and-kalamasi mix than Lyn.

Service = 4/5

–          Service here is pretty variable depending on the amount of customers. But you would usually get good service with a little bit of badgering.

Ambience = 4/5

–          The place is pretty basic: the seats are wooden with no cushions; there is no air conditioning; the table arrangement is crowded; the wall has old movie posters that were not properly maintained and the place looks and feels old. But I still like eating there anytime.

Value for money = 5/5

–          The prices are very reasonable considering the delightfulness and quality of the food. Yes, some items are a bit pricey considering the small portions but the chicken is really, really worth the price.