Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Peri-Peri Grill House

After an afternoon of running errands around Greenhills Shopping Center, we had burnt our afternoon snack at Mien San and were looking for a good place for dinner. Nearing Promenade, we spotted Peri-Peri Grill House's warm facade and Alvie said she had eaten there before and that it was a good place. It did look good, so why not?

The lively Peri-Peri Grill House.
The menu was quite interesting. Peri-Peri is a Portuguese sauce and way of cooking that uses the african bird's eye chili, which goes by the same name. We did want to have their signature Peri-Peri chicken but in addition, wanted to try their Callos Ala Madrilena. I consider myself to be something of a callos connoisseur because though I have tried many varieties in restaurants, none seem to come close to our family's home-cooked callos. Pity though, that it was out of stock.

Peri-Peri chicken (1/2), P280.00
The Peri-Peri chicken comes in three variants: Lemon & Garlic, Mild, and Hot. Since Peri-Peri sauce is also available on the side, we decided to start with basics and take the first option. On its own and with the gravy, its flavor was okay for me. The chicken was juicy and mildly flavorful. This dish only comes to shine when you take it with the Peri-Peri sauce available on the table.

Peri-Peri sauces and Chili Oil.
These sauces were glorious on the chicken. The Peri-Peri sauce isn't just spicy. It also has the refreshing taste of salsa, and is mildly sweet. If you hadn't noticed yet, sweet and spicy is my favorite combination. :) I personally prefer the hot version because it is bursting with even more flavor. I loved the sauce so much, I even purchased a 150 ml takeout bottle for a reasonable 75 pesos. The chili oil just tasted like oil with a hint of chili.

Warm Tortilla, P55.00
The chicken and sauce also go wonderfully with the warm tortilla, which comes in three pieces and is served with salsa. We also tried the Java Rice as recommended by our waitress, but we found it quite bland.

Beef Salpicao, P350.00
For lack of our favored callos, we ordered the next best-looking item on the menu instead. The Beef Salpicao was good. It had a delicious, solid flavor typical of salpicao. However, there was not much of it and it was a bit tougher than we had hoped. I found it to be a bit too expensive for what we were served.

Peri-Peri Chicken: Great (mostly due to the sauce)
Warm Tortilla: Great (still, mostly due to the sauce)
Java Rice: Not Good
Beef Salpicao: Good

Overall, it was a good dinner! The chicken and tortilla heavily remind me of the food at El Pollo Loco, but the Peri-Peri sauce sets this food above and beyond that.

Love Peri-Peri? Hate it? Let me know what you think about anything by commenting below, and you can always tweet me!

- Joaquin

G/F GH Promenade Greenhills
San Juan, Philippines
(02) 725 5270
Operating Hours: 11:00 am - 12:00 mn


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