NEW RESTO ALERT: Grilla, SM By The Bay

Grilla has been around for more than ten years after having opened its first restaurant in Antipolo City in 1998. The restaurant is known for its Filipino dishes such as the Grilla Feast, barbecues served in "bilaos" or round woven trays.

Then in 2016, the restaurant opened its branch at SM by The Bay in Pasay City. This spacious restaurant is perfect for every one, from families, to young professionals, balikbayans and even tourists.

My family have been to Grilla (Makati) a couple of times and a friend's sister even celebrated a milestone there. We enjoyed the food because That branch is already closed now and they transferred to SM by The Bay.

Tokwa't Baboy, P165. Who is not familiar with this "pica-pica" favorite? Perfect to start the meal while waiting for the mains, or perfect with a bottle of beer. ;)

Crispy Chicharong Bacon, P185. This is LOVE. And who doesn't love bacon, and chicharon! I love how the bacon is really, really crispy and chicharon-like. Of course, you can make it less sinful by dipping it in vinegar. The vinegar tastes perfect, too! Must try dish at Grilla.

Crispy Fish Trio, P450. This is really addicting. Crispy and delicious fish strips. I find it amazing that after about 30 minutes, it is still crispy. Thumbs up!

Pork Sisig, P195. Here's another Pinoy favorite that is quite popular with tourists. You can enjoy this with rice, or a bottle of iced cold beer.

Sisig Sampler, P320. This is three variations of sisig- chicken, pork, and seafood. Serving size is for sharing.

Lechon Liempo Ala Cebu, P430. Here's another dish that made my heart beat fast - hahaha. I was like- WOW, upon first bite. The flavors really reminded me of the lechons in Cebu. Amazing! Don't dip in the lechon sauce (well, it is up to you really) because it will lose its "herb-y" flavors.

Beef Kansi, P325. Kansi is a dish popular in Southern Philippines. It is a fusion of sinigang and bulalo. Chunks of tender beef with marrow with a rich sour/spicy broth- yum! This tops my list of dishes to try at Grilla.

Pista sa Nayon. Seafood Gising Gising, Okoy, Crispy Pata. I love the gising gising which is spiced just right, and the crispy okoy. This set is perfect for 4 pax, just order extra rice.

Halo Halo Spring Rolls, P165. This is my first time to try "hot" halo halo and I like it! It's like eating turon but with halo halo filling, and served with a scoop of ube ice cream. Definitely a winner.

Suman, Manga at Macapuno ala mode, P145, Leche Flan, P95, Palitaw sa Gata, P120. From this dessert sampler, I'd go for the palitaw (which is not usually included in resto menus). Of course, the leche flan is creamy and delicious which I also like. Nice desserts to cap off a very filling meal at Grilla.

Grilla has a very spacious dining area that's perfect for big groups, parties, or special celebrations. The interiors are also warm and homey. Great place to chill and dine.

Grilla Filipino Cuisine
SM by The Bay
Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City

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