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Food Trip: Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken

March 10th, 2016 | by Z. Gonzales

Cajun style restaurants are now becoming more popular in the metro, especially with the rise in popularity of certain dishes that have originated from that part of the globe. One particular type of food that’s getting some traction in the Philippines is the so-called Peri-Peri chicken.

Cover 2This dish which have been adopted by a number of restaurants and food establishments in recent years uses the Peri Peri sauce – a type of sauce derived from crushed chillies mixed with a number of spices. When mixed with flame-grilled chicken, the sauce offers a unique taste that a lot of Filipinos are now beginning to appreciate.

We checked out one of the latest restaurants in the metro serving this southern cuisine – Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken.


We visited Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken’s branch in SM Megamall located at the 3rd floor. In terms of interiors, the restaurant has this somewhat rustic look featuring faux brick walls as well as plywood panels and corrugated metal that are attached to the walls.

Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken: AmbianceDécor-wise, there are a few accents that are placed all throughout the restaurant including colored glass bottles, chicken figurines and wooden barrels at the back of the counter. The tables looks like it’s a form of laminate while the chair seems to be authentic wood.

Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken: FurnitureIn general, the place looks very rustic and very casual. However, the restaurant feels very crowded and the noise can be quite a lot to handle. Basically, it’s not the kind of restaurant I would suggest to people who want a quiet dinner or those who want small chit chat.


Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken offers a respectable menu with diverse food selection including their signature Chicken plate, several pasta platter meals, salads, pasta, sandwiches, fajitas, pizzas, desserts and even cocktails.

Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken: FoodServing size is quite acceptable especially if you get their platters. However, the quality of the food is a bit of a let-down. For starters, the mixed veggies we got from our chicken platter is a bit bland and soggy (tastes like something you’d find in a canned variety) and the rice wasn’t at all fluffy.

Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken: Food 2The pizza was also quite disappointing, for its Php300 price tag, the pizza was a bit lacking in toppings to the point that there are slices that feel they’re 70% bread and just 30% toppings.


Another downside of eating at Peri Peri Charcoal chicken is the price of the food. A typical dish in the restaurant’s menu would cost from Php150 and soars up to Php400. For this price you’d want to be satisfied with the taste and the overall experience, which sadly, the restaurant has failed to do.

So obviously, I wouldn’t really recommend the place to anyone especially if they’re looking for that bang for the buck experience. If you’ve tried dining in this restaurant and you have a different experience, feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

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