Suka at Sili (158 D Tuazon Ave, Sto. Domingo, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1376063779108Date visited: July 2013

What we ordered:

Sisig and Chicken Barbeque

Taste = 4/5

–          We were travelling South from Manila and we were looking for a place to have lunch when we happened to see this restaurant. Suka means vinegar and Sili means chilli pepper. We both like vinegar in our food so we took a chance and went to this restaurant. The sisig was nice but it was mostly pork cheek fat and only had a little cartilage. It was on the spicy side but when I added soy sauce, it tasted much better for me. Lyn said the Chicken Barbecue tasted good and was tender but there was no taste that distinguished it from the others. What was special was the side: ripe mangoes with bagoong (fermented shrimp paste), onions and eggplant. The taste was a blend of sweet, fishy, fruity and a little spicy – really good. Both dishes were served with cut onions, tomatoes and kalamansi, which we mixed in our individual ratio of soy sauce and vinegar. We didn’t detect any extraordinary taste from their vinegar but it tasted a little better than the commercially sold ones.

Service = 3/5

–          It sometimes felt as if we were begging for service with one of the waiters. The other server provided good service.

Ambience = 3/5

–          The place was clean but it was a little dim even though we were in the restaurant during the middle of the day. It didn’t really feel like they wanted customers at that time.

Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The prices were pretty fair considering the taste and serving size of their food. I truly hope they could improve their service and ambience.

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Elias (UG/F Robinsons Magnolia)

PhotoGrid_1372860738997Date visited: June 2013

What we ordered:

Sisig Linares (Pork Sisig), Carlota (Squid Fillet sautéed in Garlic Oyster Sauce with Chilis), Dona Victorina (Sautéed Prawns in Crab Fat) and Espana (Ginataang Manok at Gulay with Tanglad)

 

Taste = 4.5/5

–          With names like Espana, Carlota, Linares and Dona Victorina, we expected the food to be extra special. We weren’t disappointed with the taste of most of the dishes. The sisig was very good. It was very meaty with lots of onion and a salty-sweet sauce. The taste of the squid dish was not that good since it tasted bland and the meat was on the tough side. The prawns were delightful. The crab fat sauce was creamy and went very well with the prawn. The chicken dish was what surprised me the most. I am not really a fan of coconut milk-based dishes but this dish tasted very good. The coconut milk was not overpowering and served as a very good base for the lemon grass and chicken. This is probably the dish that will make me come back to this restaurant. I hope they don’t change the recipe.

 

Service = 4/5

–          The place was almost full but we still received decent service although it took some amount of effort just to call their attention sometimes.

 

Ambience = 4.5/5

–          The atmosphere felt very Filipino. The ornaments and decorations made the customers know they were eating premium Filipino food. The problem with the restaurant was that the spaces between tables were very small.

 

Value for money = 3.5/5

–          The prices were very expensive. I understand that the quality and taste of the dishes were above average but the serving sizes were not. In addition, the space between tables needs to be increased. Improvement of the service wouldn’t hurt also.

Click here for their website.

The Grillery Restaurant & Bar (Greenhills Town Center Granada St. Brgy Valencia, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1371872846308Date visited: June 2013

What we ordered:

Sisig and Balinese Fish

Taste = 4.5/5

–          Both Lyn and I were already hungry and didn’t have enough blood sugar left to try and think too much on where we would eat when we were on our way home along Ortigas/Granada. JT’s was full so we went inside Greenhills Town Center. We picked this restaurant randomly but it turned out to be a good choice. The Sisig was surprisingly delicious even though it was too spicy for me. It had pork cartilage, sweet onions, green chillies and the taste of liver with a salty and umami sauce. Lyn said the fish was also good. It tasted fresh with a semi-crunchy crust and the sauce was on the sweet side which complimented the fish very well.

Service = 4/5

–          We got good service but we had to exert too much effort in calling their attention.

Ambience = 4/5

–          The dining area was dim probably because it was primarily a place where people just hung out and drank. The place felt cluttered even though it wasn’t. Weird, but that’s how I felt.

Value for money = 4/5

–          The prices were ok considering how their food tasted as well as the serving size. Our experience would have probably been better had we received better service.

Click here for their Facebook page.