The husband and I aren’t into the habit of eating out at elite, wallet-weeping restaurants (unless there’s a special occasion or we were invited by someone else). We prefer to eat at casual, reasonably priced Pinoy eateries that satisfy both the tummy and the budget. Oftentimes in these eateries, the flavors are closer to home-made (as opposed to being commercial), service is more personal and you can easily request something extra (like free soup)!
|Zis is where they grill the meats.|
Any-haw mainly offers grilled meats including chicken, liempo, crispy pata, fish and eggplants. There are also a few ala-carte dishes and sizzling specialties. Most items in the menu are good enough for sharing.
|Fried rice (P100+). Good enough for sharing.
With shreds of chicken, eggs, and veggies. Yum.
We usually order Inihaw na manok (P155 small; P185 jumbo) or Liempo slice (P120). Both are excellent choices although we notice that the Inihaw na manok tends to be juicier and tastier in their Caypombo branch.Their inihaw na liempo is way better than Andok’s. The skin is thin and super crispy; the meat, juicy and wonderfully seasoned.
The mixed seafood special (P85), a creamy combination of mussels, squid, shrimp and vegetables in bechamel sauce is also worth a try.
We used to be fond of their humongous Lomi (P65) too, but the last few times we dined out, the quality seemed to be inconsistent (either it was too salty or bland).
Recently we decided to give their the sizzling tenderloin a try. For P155, the serving is good enough for two, but I wasn’t so crazy about the rubbery meat. Other than that, the sauce was divine.
I also ordered a glass of buko juice, which tasted more like vanilla juice. Must have been the generous serving of vanilla syrup that made the drink too sweet. I could actually see the thick layer of syrup at the bottom of the glass, separating from the rest of the drink.
|See the thick syrup at the base?|
Despite some misses and it being located along the busy bypass, what I love about this place is the open-air native Filipino ambiance which creates a refreshing, provincial feel. The parking is huuuge, and the taste, price and serving size is beyond reasonable. I’m happy they haven’t gotten into franchising yet – which preserves the quality of the food without the commercial taste.
How about you? What’s your favorite Pinoy resto/ eat-out place?