Restaurant Review: Bacolod Chicken Inasal

Way before Mang Inasal gained the popularity it is enjoying now, I only know of two restaurants that serve chicken inasal – the green one and the yellow one. I always get confused with Bacolod Chicken Inasal (one with yellow logo) and Inasal Chicken Bacolod (one with green logo) so I always refer to them as the yellow one and the green one. Even their names are confusing! :p

Anyway, after a medical appointment on a Saturday, Boyet and I decided to have a late lunch at Bacolod Chicken Inasal at Jupiter St. in Makati. It was already past lunch time, and my tummy could not decide whether he’s hungry (Yes, my tummy is a “he”. Para kasing lalaki kumain!) or not. As soon as we entered the restaurant, my tummy finally decided that he wants to have a monster lunch.

To jumpstart our meal, my husband decided to have a bowl of La Paz Batchoy. In almost all our visits in Bacolod Chicken Inasal, he makes sure to get this.

DSC_0690 La Paz Batchoy (solo with egg) PHP85.50

This La Paz Batchoy was such a tasty treat. There is a generous amount of meat slices and chicharon bits. I love how the chicharon not only enhanced the salty flavor of the soup but also added texture to it. It was such a nice way to warm our bellies.

That day, we both decided to have their Sarap Meals which already include a glass of iced tea and buko pandan. Boyet opted to have the Sarap ng Buhay Meal. It includes inasal (choice of paa or petso), eggplant salad and garlic rice. I love eggplant salad so I didn't think twice when my husband offered me to give it a try. It was the perfect side dish for such a hearty meal.

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Both the yellow one and the green one have strengths and weaknesses in terms of the food. For one, I prefer the chicken inasal of the green one. Although the chicken inasal of Bacolod Chicken Inasal is tasty, it is a bit dry and chewy. In the many times that we tried both restaurants, our vote always goes to the green one when it comes to their inasal.

I tried their Buhay na Buhay Meal. I am not sure why a plate with garlic rice, bagus lumpia and pork spareribs is called such. Medyo nakakaikli nga ng buhay, tapos buhay na buhay meal?! :p

DSC_0709 Buhay na Buhay Meal PHP199

I nearly touched the lumpiang bangus because it is a bit too oily for my liking. Fortunately, the pork spareribs saved the day! It was so delicious. I liked that the pork is very juicy but not too fatty. Dipped in spicy vinegar, my taste buds did synchronized cartwheels because of too much happiness. Hihi.

I have to confess that I don’t like buko pandan. Ironically, buko pandan is a staple dessert of the Andrade family. Years ago, my in-laws would ask me to have buko pandan, and I would just answer them with a smile. But over the years, I have learned to appreciate this famous Filipino dessert.

DSC_0718 Buko Pandan

The buko pandan of Chicken Bacolod Inasal is not too sweet. I liked it because the aroma of the pandan is not too strong. It was the perfect way to cleanse our palates.

Bacolod Chicken Inasal
140 Jupiter St., Bel-air 2,
Makati City

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