These places are licensed to grill!
Who said you can’t create a great meal with a cut that costs less? A simple marinade and a couple of minutes over an open flame can transform even the cheapest cuts of meat. There’s nothing quite like the smokey flavor that is imparted by a grill. That’s what makes barbecue so great!
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In this list, we count down the 10 spots in San Juan you are sure to love if you love skewered, smokey, and succulent meat.
If you’ve got ₱50
Maya’s Delicious Barbecue is true to its name. Here, generous meaty cuts marinated, skewered, and grilled to perfection. For only ₱33, you can have 2 sticks of Barbecue and Rice. If you’re on a tight budget, this is a rice meal that is sure to get you by.
If you’ve got ₱150
Kalye 1 Food Park is home to a number of affordable eateries including Chix & Cheese, Bao Pls!, and BBQ Shack. The humble barbecue joint has been patronized by the likes of Jinri Park and Marian and Dingdong Dantes. They offer a number of rice meals and, best of all, they deliver within Metro Manila for a minimum purchase of P500! If you’re looking for variety, order Meal #5 – you get two sticks of pork BBQ, two sticks of chicken BBQ, java rice, and java sauce for just ₱109!
Nathaniel’s Bakeshop is famous for their pastries, pasalubongs, and most especially, their Buko Pandan. What most people don’t realize is that their dine-in meals are pretty darn good too! Those who frequent the place recommend their siomai, lasagna, and barbecue. Their Pork BBQ Rice comes at an affordable price at just ₱145.
If you’ve got ₱200
Kuya J Restaurant, formerly known as “Ang Kan-anan ni Kuya J,” started out as a humble eatery along the streets of Cebu. Now with a number of branches nationwide and a blockbuster endorser like Jericho Rosales the casual Filipino restaurant has risen to become a favorite among many Pinoys. Their delicious Chicken Barbecue is absolutely satisfying and a steal at just ₱160!
If you’ve got ₱250
Mom and Tina’s serves traditional home cooked meals, fresh-out-of-the-oven pastries, and other goodies. It’s a favorite brunch spot among many Titas of Manila owing to their well-placed branches in Greenhills, Ugong, South Triangle, and Legazpi Village – but their wallet-friendly prices make them a go-to for many young people as well. If you’re a lover of grilled meats, their Pork Barbeque (₱230) is flavorful and comes served with atchara and java rice.
If you’ve got ₱300
Conti’s is a family friendly cafe and bakeshop that serves a number of homegrown signature dishes and desserts. Popular menu items include the Baked Salmon, Roast Beef, Mango Bravo and Turtle Pie but if barbecued is what you crave, they’ve got it! Both their Chicken Barbeque (₱275) and Barbequed Spareribs (₱255) are served with atchara and choice of java rice, steamed rice, or garlic rice.
Alex III has been around since the 90’s, making them a childhood favorite for many in the Metro. The restaurant hasn’t changed a bit save for their modernized interiors while still managing to retain their family home feel. They are best known for their Classic Chicken BBQ (3 pcs for ₱279.00) which is good enough to rival an instutition like Aristocrat’s.
If you’ve got ₱350
If you want delicious comfort food with matching ambiance, then Casa Reyes is the place to go. They specialize in Barbecues as well as Bagnet, Crispy Dinuguan, and other mouth-watering Filipino dishes. You can tell that they give special attention to the creative presentation of food as rice is served in mini cauldrons instead of the usual bowls, while other dishes are served on wooden chopping boards or mini-frying pans. Their yummy and filling Combo B (2 pcs chicken bbq and 1 stick pork bbq) is just ₱315!
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Though not technically San Juan, Robinson’s Magnolia is just a stone’s throw away from the San Juan area. The mall is home to many dining establishments including Elias by Crisostomo. Elias offers the unique experience of dining in an elegant Filipino home during the Spanish colonial period, while still embodying a modern, classy Filipino restaurant of the 21st century. Try their KKK Barbecue – three skewers of perfectly marinated and succulent pork for ₱325.
If you’ve got ₱400
ZAO Vietnamese Bistro is one of the best restaurants to experience the refreshing and exotic flavors of Vietnam and one of the most underrated places for barbecue dishes. You can try the ZAO Satay Platter (₱395) a sampler of their grilled satay specialties which includes skewers of pork, chicken, beef, and shrimp. Other barbecue meat dishes include Barbecue Pork Chop, Barbecue Chicken marinated in coconut juice and honey, garlic-spiced Barbecue Spareribs, and Grilled Honey Tenderloin topped with scallion oil and roasted nuts – all of which are under ₱400
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