These were good times, soon many came to challenge Padi's Point and we had Dencio's, Gerry's Grill, my obscure favorite but now closed Hutu's Hut, Congo Grill and Grilla. Oddly the "grill" changed its model from seedy beer joint where people would actually go to hook up with people to family restaurants, making them nice Filipino Food restaurants where people would actually go with their kids, cute.
But anyway, to me good sisig is only found in these grills, they alone have mastered the formula of giving you the greasiest parts of pork accentuated with chicharon and what not. So when I missed the taste of sisig there was only one place to go, a grill.
Now the thing is, where did all the grills go? The once ubiquitous Gerry's and Dencio's are now very hard to find. I guess during the early days they situated themselves in places with cheap rent and people flocked to them. With the onrush of development pushing property value sky high its hard to maintain their formula of cheap prices in a good location. So like before, you kinda have to travel to them but further. Luckily Congo Grill is still in Jupiter - new location from Kalayaan in Makati I think.
|Sisig as served, a pale color as freshly placed on the hot plate|
|The Sisig after a few minutes, now looking glorious and golden brown|
|Kinilaw na Vegetables - I mean Tangigue - I think|
Thank you Congo Grill for my truly nostalgic meal at one of my favorite food types, I shall be back.