By KC Santos
MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA – Tucked in the basement of Makati Cinema Square (MCS) is a restaurant that combines authentic Bacolod food fare with art in one intimate space.
Chicken inasal restaurants have become a dime a dozen in Manila, which is why many are thankful to Aida’s Chicken owner Toto Tarrosa for bringing to Makati the closest thing city dwellers can get to having authentic Bacolod chicken inasal experience.
Small and inconspicuous, this Makati branch of Aida’s Chicken is no longer a secret among die-hard chicken inasal fans. Who wouldn’t be enticed to dine in a place that bravely announces itself as the home of Bacolod’s “best” inasal?
The Makati branch is not as fancy as its original branch in Bacolod. In fact it sports the look of a typical Manila canteen designed for a communal dining experience.
Proving the owner’s love for photography and visual art are photos of women, paintings and sculptures displayed, which make for good conversational pieces especially since food here takes a while to be served.
While some may become impatient, others feel assured that their chicken inasal is cooked only upon order. One thing that sets Bacolod chicken inasal apart is that they use only native, sometimes even free-range chicken.
A typical Chicken Inasal Meal (P145) comes with your choice of chicken part, a cup of rice, and a siding of eggplant ensalada topped with salted egg. This goes well with the sinamak vinegar and sili.
The food frenzy does not stop at the inasal alone. Arpee Lazaro of Pinoy Life at Large enjoyed Aida’s Chicken Nilagpang (P90) (grilled chicken broth) so much he had to find out the recipe and how to cook it.
Apol of Mangan Tila, on the other hand, was not so psyched about the Chicken Inasal but he raved the house’s Kinilaw ng Tanigue (P170). He also commended the great customer service and the ambience of the place.
Whether you’re an avid fan or a curious food adventurer, Aida’s Chicken at the MCS is definitely worth a visit. It takes a little effort to commute but if it’s real authentic chicken inasal you want, it should be worth the trip.
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