Right after EATSperiencing Open Table Restaurant this week, I, together with some friends, went to another restaurant in Quezon City. This time, along the busy streets of Tomas Morato. The strip is just filled with coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. The competition among establishments is really really tough. That’s why new concepts have to be creative enough to get their fair share of patrons. In this edition of EATSplorations, I will be sharing with you about my EATSperience of Southern Philippine Delights at Palm Grill in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Palm Grill serves up dishes with all the great flavors that Mindanao is known for. Pretty sure a lot of you haven’t really tried or are not yet familiar with what great things Mindanaoan food has to offer, right? Keep on reading to find out if a food trip down to Tomas Morato is worth all the traffic or not, in my Palm Grill EATSperience. Enjoy!
Hello, Palm Grill!
Palm Grill is located just along Tomas Morato corner Sct. Castor St. in Quezon City. The place is known for their amazing heirloom chicken recipes from Mindanao. Hence, the logo that looks like a chicken. Just look for that perfectly designed logo and you’ll know you’ve arrived. They have ample parking space just in front of the restaurant and diners (I believe) may also park on the side of Sct. Castor St. since Palm Grill’s spot is right at the corner.
Palm Grill has dining areas both at the ground floor and on the loft. The place looks perfect for family gatherings and even parties good for 50 to around 80 people. To those who love to take photos of their food or just a picture in a restaurant, Palm Grill has tons of natural light passing through its huge windows, a high ceiling, and a well-designed interior which makes it very Instagrammable.
Time to EATSperience Palm Grill’s Chicken dishes!
Palm Grill served their three specialty chicken dishes. The Green Chicken, Oswalda’s Fried, and Olympus Roast. They also brought out Chicken Satti and the Knicker Iced Treat, a very famous dessert/snack from Zamboanga. Most if not all of the dishes, are made from recipes of the owner’s parents and grandparents who are from Mindanao which makes the food really authentic. Also, sauces and ingredients are also sourced from there so that the quality remains consistently high.
This one was super crispy from the outside and extremely juice on the inside. If only I didn’t have other dishes to try, I would have eaten 2-3 pieces of this bad boy. It’s everything I want and more in a fried chicken. Thanks to Lola Oswalda, who is also a local historian, for coming up with this amazing fried chicken recipe!
Look at that perfectly roasted chicken leg and thigh and pause for a bit. If that chicken doesn’t look perfect to you, I don’t know what will. Palm Grill surely knows their way when it comes to cooking up tasty chicken dishes. The Olympus Roast is a succulent from inside and out. It’s just juicy and seasoned to perfection. The peanut sauce is also to die for. I just had to dig in and go to my quiet place. Too damn good!
The Green Chicken also known as Chicken Piyanggang is the superstar of Palm Grill’s team of chicken delights from Mindanao. This chicken dish cooked with coconut milk and seven different Asian spices is the best among the three specialty chicken dishes and is probably the one that is truly Mindanaoan. The sauce alone together with the turmeric rice is already a force to be reckoned with. The juicy chicken is just the cherry on top of an amazing chicken recipe. The Green Chicken might be enough reason for me to keep coming back to Palm Grill. Hands down, this is the best Piyanggang I have ever had!
All of Palm Grill’s specialty chicken dishes have the same order sizes. All three chicken dishes come in Solo (Php 260, Quarter Chicken, Rice, and a Side Dish), Duo (Php 390, Half Chicken, Rice and a Side Dish), League (Php 730, Whole Chicken and 3 Side Dishes). Don’t forget to try their Turmeric Rice because it goes along well with all three chicken dishes and sauces. I would strongly suggest that you try all three specialty chicken dishes first and just order some more of what you enjoyed the most.
Other dishes to EATSperience at Palm Grill!
I remember having this dish before when I was still young. When our relatives from Zamboanga would bring pots of this dish as pasalubong for our family. Palm Grill’s Chicken Satti brought me back to those days because it tastes almost the same or even better than I remember. Now, I know where to take my family for some great-tasting satti, thanks to Palm Grill!
I was never really a fan of the ultra colorful halo-halo because it just has so much going on. The Knicker Iced Treat of Palm Grill is a different story. I enjoyed it a lot because it was packed with fresh fruits that brought a whole lot of natural sweetness. This treat also didn’t have crushed ice which was better for me because I didn’t have to avoid chewing something hard. After all the amazing savory chicken dishes, this Mindanaon version of the halo-halo is the best way to end a meal that brought me and my friends to a memorable food trip down south!
The sign says it all. Don’t forget to be awesome and I certainly won’t forget how awesome my Palm Grill EATSperience was. I can’t wait to come back for more and let my wife and baby try out how awesome Mindanaoan food is. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations. ‘Till next time!
175 Tomas Morato Avenue Corner Scout Castor Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
+632 373 1668 / +63915 892 1743
11:00am to 11:00pm (Sun-Thu)
11:00am to 12:00mn (Fri-Sat)
Budget: 800 php for two