My recent visit at the Promenade in Greenhills, San Juan accidentally led me to a food tasting at Peri-Peri Grill House with some friends. Peri-Peri proudly claims to offer Portuguese-styled cooking particularly in their grilled chicken. I’ve seen their branch at SM City North Edsa, read reviews about their food, but never had the chance to dine despite being in business since 2005. Are you curious already? Read on as I get to share my experience that led to a taste of Portugal at Peri-Peri Grill House.
The star of the show is Peri-Peri Chicken, spit-fire grilled with the African-Portuguese spice mix imported all the way from Africa.The whole chicken comes with a gravy. The chicken itself is moist all over, possibly because it was basted with their special seasoning while cooking. The chicken is tender, juicy and flavorful. The one served to our group is the “hot” variation. At first bite, I wondered why it’s not spicy hot as I expected it to be. Then as I eat it, the spice becomes evident. Don’t worry, this is still not the spicy hot that Bicolanos would want it to be; it’s very subtle actually, yet not disappointing. Because the chicken is already good, one will likely eat it as it is, without any dips or gravy. I’m like that, I can eat chicken without any dips. But in this case, I highly recommend the dips and sauces. The gravy is flavorful; not the fastfood kind, I tell you. But Peri-Peri’s sauces is more interesting when poured on this dish.
These mixes are filled with chilis. These are actually African bird’s eye chilis called Peri-Peri. Yep, that’s where this restaurant got its name. There’s the hot and mild variety of this sauce, and the one with no label is actually an oil-based sauce. Pouring these mixes on the Peri-Peri Chicken brings about a new flavor that I have yet to experience. It is really good! Incidentally, the restaurant also sells these in small bottles, so you can take home the Peri-Peri experience with you.
While busy with the chicken experience, a plate of Garden Salad was served. It has apples, lettuce, raisins and nuts served with vinaigrette. The mix is really good and refreshing, and everything’s crunchy.
In between bites, I sip on my Black Forest smoothie, while others had fruity flavors – Strawberry, Mango, etc.
The meal was capped with dessert. I ordered Strawberry Cheesecake. It’s huge serving will delight every sweet tooth like me. It’s very simple actually, and I assume the toppings were just poured from a canned mix. Still, I like the base itself because it’s dense and has a good balance of flavor.
Sadly, I can’t say the same with their Tiramisu which some of my companions ordered. When I got to taste it, it’s obviously mixed with a lot of cream. We informed the restaurant manager on duty about it. Hopefully, they could improve on this department.
Overall, my experience was a good one. The food tasted good, at least the ones I had. The Peri-Peri Chicken was a totally new experience especially with their specialty sauces. Also the dining area is relaxing, offering a casual vibe. I didn’t get to take pictures of the interiors though because I became busy with the food. Haha! Some might find the pricing a little on the higher range, but considering the ambiance and the food, it’s one place I’d visit again to taste their other offerings like pasta, steak, and seafood dishes. I look forward to having a second taste of Portugal at Peri-Peri Grill House.
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