October 3, 2010

Not So Good Peri Peri Charcoal Grill Experience

Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken
Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken is a fast casual style restaurant that specializes in the world famous Peri Peri Chicken. It is uniquely delicious as we use a closely-guarded old Portuguese recipe , famous for its Peri Peri flavour.

Peri Peri is the name given to the “African bird's eye chili” which was discovered by Portuguese explorers in Africa. It is this fiery little spice which gives flavour and fire to our chicken that makes it so peri-licious.

Our chicken is cooked over charcoal wood burning grill and is trimmed of excess fat before basting in our peri marinades , so it is healthy too. You have option to heighten hotness and flavour – choose from lemon & garlic, mild, hot bastings.

When J and I had our first Peri Peri, we instantly get hooked on it and wanted our family to savour the experience too. So on my pre-birthday celebration last month we go out with J's brother, A, and with no hesitations entered their SM North Edsa Annex branch. Their 49ers Promo also attracted us where you'll get to have unlimited soup and drinks for every chicken meal order. That's dirt cheap. You are free to choose at the counter and serve yourself. There's a wide variety of drink options like soda, red and lemon iced tea and coffee. But of course when it is that cheap there is a drawback. Your only choice for soup is their watery Mushroom soup and not any of their specialty.

On our table...

Everyday Platter C PhP 195
1/4 Lemon & Garlic chicken, 2 pcs. Wild Wings, Corn & Carrots, Steamed rice and Gravy

For the two boys

Everyday Platter D PhP 195
1/4 Lemon & Garlic chicken, 2 pcs. Croquettes, Corn & Carrots, Steamed rice and Gravy

My order. Their Sour & Cream dip is good! 

Mushroom soup Part of PhP 49 promo

I get all the mushroom on their pot. Hihi. This is just Knorr mushroom soup diluted in lots of water!

Drinks Part of PhP 49 promo

Their red iced tea (no picture, sorry) is a winner for the two but I find it too sweet so I ended with Sprite.

Condiments provided for every table

As you can tell their price is very affordable at least 200 per head. Ambience is good too with all the wood and Portuguese-inspired walls. There's also a flat-screen TV where Shrek and Transformers 2 were constantly played with no audio.

And here comes the bad side of what I thought to be a wonderful experience...

I love spicy dishes so it's a no-brainer for me to choose what basting I want for my chicken. I asked the server for Hot and he told me that they run out of it. Unfortunately, we can only have Lemon & Garlic. I settled for it and just asked the server if they can add anything to make it a little bit spicier. He surprised me and my companions as he answered back "Eh, wala nga po di'ba" ("We don't have it, right?"). I wanted to shout back to him right then but I don't want to break our mood that time so I just smirked at what he did. Boo ^_-

After less than five minutes, our orders came. We were happy that our food were served really fast but in the back of our minds we're thinking, are these done right? Our suspections came true when the chickens were half-cooked! I immediately returned it to their manager and they politely asked to replace our meal. Then as you could guess, they cooked it again to the point of a burnt chicken.

From that day, we swear to never go back there again!!!

Peri Peri Grill House
Ground Floor, Annex Building
SM City North EDSA, EDSA


  1. what a disappointing food experience. the photos of your chicken looks raw indeed and looks "kawawa" and they should teach customer service to their staff.

  2. Oh no. I remember how much I loved Peri Peri Chicken. I like the spicy ones. Too bad it was a disappointing experience for you. :(


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