Savor the flavors of Grilla Filipino Cuisine

Grilla, a specialty casual Filipino family restaurant that caters to young professionals, corporate accounts, families, balikbayans and foreigners (local and tourists), was born in Antipolo City in 1998. In 2016, it opened another store in SM MOA by the Bay. To this day, Grilla have earned its reputation as institutional establishments in its own locality. Grilla prides itself as pioneering the first of many creations such as "Buckets of Beer" and the Grilla Feast - barbecues served in bilaos for sharing among big families and groups.

Grilla's main clientele when it first opened were mostly college students and young professionals. As the market matures, Grilla evolved as well by offering new local dishes a well as foreign inspired barbecues. While Grilla was equally popular as a drinking and dining destination, it has become apparent that most of the regular clientele that first patronized Grilla now still come but with families in tow. It is for this reason that Grilla decidd to tweak its image in 2013 by refreshing its look and renaming Grilla Bar and Grill to Grilla Filipino Cuisine. The move to do so is to give more focus to its culinary offering and to make Grilla more family friendly, as if to say that Grilla has grown with its clientele.

Grilla is celebrating 19 wonderful years in 2017. While we constantly crave for ubiquitous local dishes such as Crispy Pata, Kare-kare and Adobo, the reality is that there is still so much that Filipino cuisine has to offer and one must have to travel our vast archipelago to try them.That is why Grilla offers sumptuous and exciting Filipino dishes not typically found in Filipino restaurants in Manila. While Grilla carries most of the all-time Filipino favorites, Grilla offers more by featuring various regional Filipino specialties that have been scoured from all over the archipelago such as Dinardaraan, Ilocos Bagnet, Lechong Liempo ala Cebu, Beef Kansi, Beef Kamto at Litid Sinanglao, Sinampalukang Inihaw na Manok and Inadobong Tilapia sa Gata at Sili among others. Grilla's goal is to be renowned as the default go to place for Filipino cuisine as it represents a wider selection of authentic dishes from all over the country.

Let me take you to a drooling food journey Grilla at SM MOA by the Bay has shared with media friends and bloggers:

Tokwa't Manok
It is a healthy version of the famous Tokwa't Baboy that every Pinoys crave for. Instead of the ususal pork liempo, Grilla's version is Grilled Chicken Inasal and fried chunks of tofu in a mildly spiced 
sweet-soy-vinegar sauce.

Crispy Chicharong Bacon
Deep fried, thinly sliced pork belly served with vinegar dip.

Crispy Fish Trio
Crisp fried strips of tilapia, hito and bangus served with vinegar dip.

Sisig Sampler
Grilla's famous pork sisig, chicken sisig and tofu-sigarilyasisig. other choices for the sampler are Squid Sisig, Tuna Sisig and Bangus Sisig.

Lechong Liempo ala Cebu (300 grams/order)
Roasted pork belly marinated in ginger,

Beef Kansi
A famous Bacolod dish which is a cross between a sinigang and bulalo. Kansi is beef and beef bone marrow with a sour soup made with Kamias.

This dish is a Grilla original. Mussels,clams, maya-maya fillet, thinly sliced beef short plate and pork belly cooked over hot stone in palayok. The dish is served with a hot broth of ginger and lemongrass, and three condiments : Sinamak, Nilasing na mangga and Soy-Vinegar Dip.

Pisa sa Nayon
This showcases Filipinos love for fiestas. What better way to celebrate a special occasion with Crispy Pata, Sinampalukang Inihaw na Manok, Seafood Gising Gising, Fried Okoy with Steamed Rice.

Halo Halo Spring Rolls
Deep fried spring rolls of red mongo beans, sweetened banana and kamote, served with ube ice cream and a sprinkle of toasted pinipig.

Grilla Dessert Sampler
A taste of Grilla's sweet offerings : Leche Flan, Palitaw smothered in coconut sauce and Suman-Manga at Macapuno topped with Vanilla Ice Cream.

What I admired about Grilla's dishes is that they really taste authentic Filipino. I love how they fused different local spices together and incorporate them to make the dishes even more palatable.

To know more of Grilla's latest offerings follow their social media:

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Looks all yum! And it's amazing that they're almost two decades on the business. Although I haven't tried dining yet with Grilla. How's the price range? Do they differ much on other famous grill Filipino restaurants? Thanks for your enticing review. Those photos sure makes me real hungry.

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