Can’t keep a good guy down: Grillery stronger than ever

At the urging of friend and fellow foodie Kim Marcelo, I found myself at the Grillery one evening, far from home and not knowing what to expect. The restaurant itself was a transplant – it had originally been located in my hometown until they ran into some unexpected difficulties.

Their original location folded up, but the Grillery rose again, this time in Greenhills Town Center in Quezon City. After all, you can’t keep a good guy down, and the restaurant happens to have a powerhouse team of good guys behind it – brothers Edmond and Raphael “Rayan” Dannug.

A new home and a new crowd, but serving the same kind of awesome dishes it has been known for for years.

A new home and a new crowd, but serving the same kind of awesome dishes it has been known for for years.


The restaurant’s new location is in a cozy little alcove of restaurants in Greenhills Town Center, smack dab on a busy intersection on Granada St., Brgy Valencia, Quezon City. The first thing you notice is the vivid mustard color splashed all over the interior walls, which are decorated with fun photographs and prints.

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The photos are actually taken by another family member, and consist largely of happy shared moments between the siblings and their parents and cousins.

Despite the common name, what this dining spot serves up is anything but ordinary. As executive chef, Edmond has carefully crafted the house menu to make sure that everything is additively tasty. He spends hours extensively testing, experimenting, and revising everything until it is passes his (and his brother’s) strict standards. Ed’s no stranger to culinary excellence – he once manned one of the country’s most prestigious kitchens… the one in Malacañang.

Marketing maven Rayan’s job is getting people in the seats. While the restaurant seats as many as 80, it can probably feed more than a hundred on a good night and not much less even on slow ones. Most guests linger over a drink or two, and some make a barkada night of it, relishing the delectable comfort fusion cuisine that the Grillery has become known for and knocking back a beer tower or four. There are also revelers who choose a bottle of wine, or tackle the dreaded Tanduay Tower. That’s one hangover I’d rather not be on the receiving side of, but it must be a sight to see.

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I’d like to see someone take this on! Meant to be filled with a whole bottle of Tanduay Rum and about a liter of coke. And yes, I do match the walls.

Aside from the regular bar fare, diners can expect hearty dishes that serve up a twist on traditional meals. Of course there’s liempo, but Grillery’s liempo has fork-tender meat and a heady, unexpected flavor. There’s a fish and veggie dish (Balinese Fish), but it’ll excite your palate with fresh, lively flavors that just won’t quit.

The sauce on the Balinese Fish is crazy good.  If only they offered extra!

The sauce on the Balinese Fish is crazy good. If only they offered extra!

A tip – never ignore a sauce when served with your order. You’ll find yourself wanting to keep spooning the stuff into your mouth to figure out what makes it taste so yummy.

An assortment of deliciously crispy fish dishes, including the Balinese fish!

An assortment of deliciously crispy fish dishes, including the Balinese fish!

For the carnivore in you, Grillery serves steak, ribs, and liempo, all delectably done.

For the carnivore in you, Grillery serves steak, ribs, and liempo, all delectably done.

My favorite find of the evening was this little unassuming chicken morsel, a take on Chicken ala Kiev. Served piping hot over a bed of white, fluffy rice, it’s an explosion of flavor and buttery goodness. “It’s an experience,” teased my dining companions, handing me a sharp steak knife.

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What secrets does this little package hold?

And indeed, it is. The knife crunches loudly through the crisp coating, and slips through the tender meat inside. All at once, a puff of white steam bursts forth from the inner cavity, and golden butter spills forth to paint the rice.

And then the aroma hits you and your mouth waters instantaneously. It smells like butter and herbs and chicken so sweet and juicy you know it will be one of the best bites you’ve had in a while. And you’ll put some in your mouth, and close your eyes to better experience the play of texture and flavors…just make sure nobody swipes it while you’re savoring your first taste!

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I kid you not, you are going to want to take more home for later.

Here’s a bonus, straight from Chef Ed: you can buy this darling nugget half-cooked, and heat it up in a toaster oven when you’re ready to serve. The results are not as awesome as when eaten fresh from the Grillery kitchen, but it’s a pretty close approximation. You can even pre-order a big batch for your next party and impress your guests!

There’s sweet stuff, too. The halo-halo turron is a great way to cap off a filling dinner, especially if you’re not drinking afterward. I recommend you tap that as soon as it hits your table, because nothing beats the oozing amalgamation of sweet-savory-succulent filling warm from the fryer, complemented by the crunch of lumpia wrapper and the chilling sweetness of a fast-melting scoop of ice cream.

It's halo-halo in turron form!

It’s halo-halo in turron form!

The Verdict? A great place to hang out with your friends and family for dinner and drinks. Expect to spend around P400 per person for a well-rounded meal, but as little as P290 for the basics.

Dining tip: Come early and stay late, to maximize the experience. Order several dishes to share. Don’t be shy to specify how you want your meat done, and definitely get steak if you feel like it. And DO NOT miss out on the kiev.

Thanks, guys!  I had a great time!

Thanks, guys! I had a great time!

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