REDUX: Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken

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Yes, I know, I know… Some of you guys are probably thinking, ‘Didn’t you already do this before?’ Well, you’re absolutely right – Peri-Peri Chicken was actually one of the first few restaurants that I reviewed when this blog was still in its early stages, and during that time, it was still known as a place that served set meals and tiny pieces of fish fingers. But a couple of years after that, they seemed to have changed their image; Aside from the usual chicken (Which they now serve with a whole assortment of sauces), Peri-Peri has started offering alcoholic beverages, like cocktails and their signature ‘beergaritas’.

Peri-Peri has been around since 2006. According to them, their chicken is marinated in a blend of spices hailing all the way from Africa, then grilled to perfection.

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Menu: Salads, Sandwich (Arros y frango, Choripan, Grande chicken burger), Appetizers (Jalapeno fries, Patatas bravas, Peri-peri chori nachos, Peri-peri wild wings), Main plates (Numero uno fried chicken, Fernandos), After dinner, Peri grupo, Healthy meals, Chicken platters, Pasta (Shrimp aglio olio), Sides, Big plates (Grilled peri-peri tagine, Plato porco), Pizza (Ala peri-peri), Desserts (Torta gorilla)

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Two types of soups: Pumpkin Soup, and Chicken Soup. Much like the old incarnation of Peri-Peri, you can get as many bowls of soup as you like.

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Pasta Tartufo – Perfectly-cooked pasta in a truffle infused cream sauce. This may look like a pretty dish, but it definitely needs a bit of salt. Truffle pastas are almost always a miss for me… Sheesh!

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Lastly, the star of the show: The Rio platter, which consists of one whole peri-peri chicken, and four sides (We picked Tortillas, Java Rice, Mashed Potatoes, and Corn and Carrots). I’ve tried loads of peri-peri chicken dishes before, but this one just blows the competition out of the water. The meat was so juicy, and the skin didn’t taste too burnt and wasn’t dry either. Ah, I loved it. This platter came with three spicy/tangy dipping sauces, and all of them do compliment the chicken meat very nicely.

Looks like Peri-Peri’s new image served as a huge advantage for them since they have opened up several more branches after the revamp. It definitely drew in lots of satisfied customers – Including myself. I already liked their previous look, and this new image of theirs just increased my love for them.

Ambiance/Interior: 5/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)

Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken is located at Capitol Commons, Meralco Ave Kapitolyo, Pasig. Links: Facebook || Twitter || IG: @pericharcoalph.


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