In any way it is spelled, piri piri, pili pili, or probably the most common, peri peri, one thing’s for sure: it is one of the most delectable ways to season chicken, and Eduardo’s Peri-Peri Flame Grilled Chicken definitely knows this. Although relatively new in the Philippines (they started in April 2014), Eduardo’s is fast becoming one of the go-to peri-peri chicken places, and it does help that the owners have already established themselves through restaurant chains in New Zealand. In fact, the sauce they use for their chicken, as well as the 3 kinds of bottled sauces on each table, is manufactured in New Zealand, ensuring their quality and freshness. Before I continue talking about their chicken, let’s explore more of their offerings, shall we? 🙂
Eduardo’s has a variety of appetizers and side dishes to choose from, including salads, fries, coleslaw, yellow turmeric rice, and mac & cheese. I was able to taste the garden salad dressed in honey-mustard and the Mediterranean salad, which I prefer more because of its light vinaigrette dressing and feta cheese. Forgive me as I wasn’t able to take pictures of the salad, but here’s one of the mac & cheese haha! Nothing special about it, save for the fact that it has paprika or other South American spices. I still prefer rice as a partner to peri-peri chicken! 😀
And speaking of rice, I would definitely recommend that you try Eduardo’s version of paella! Instead of seafood, they use thinly sliced chicken as toppings, but the clear winner is the actual rice. It tastes like very flavorful chicken afritada! I felt like they cooked the afritada first, compressed the flavor, and mixed it into a separate casserole of rice. It’s like a very compact hybrid dish, afritada rice! Its aroma alone would whet anyone’s appetite!
If you want more chicken to partner with the paella, then you have to order Eduardo’s flame-grilled Portuguese-style chicken! This house specialty is marinated for one whole day before being oven-baked for a few minutes, chilled, and finally, flame-grilled while being brushed with their special sauce so each order is caramelized and served hot! The chicken alone is already packed with flavor, but if you want to give your tastebuds a boost (which is one of Eduardo’s taglines), you can explore their 3 kinds of sauces: BBQ & Herb, Peri-Peri, and Kick-Ass Hot! Every sauce has a unique flavor, but you can create your own by mixing any of them together.
Not a fan of chicken? No worries. Eduardo’s also offers baby back ribs! The ribs have a similar barbecue flavor that’s common among other restaurants that serve the same dish. They taste good, but I wish they were softer, like fall-off-the-bone type. 🙂
Finally, I was surprised to know that Eduardo’s also has a line of burgers, and one of them is the Black Angus Beef burger. The buns are blackened with bamboo charcoal. The beef patty is so thick and soft, with a lightly seasoned taste. Surprisingly, the pale green pickle slices are what I liked the most because they have a good balance of sourness and saltiness, adding a pleasantly tangy flavor to the savory burger.
Oh hang on, one more thing I would really recommend is Eduardo’s Thai iced tea!!! It is imported from Thailand (duh haha), and it has a thicker consistency than other kinds of iced teas. It’s so good, I don’t know how else to describe it! Its pretty color is enough to make me badly want it!! 😀
So far, Eduardo’s Peri-Peri has 4 branches: West Avenue, SMDC Light Residences in Boni, SM San Mateo, and University of Perpetual Help in Dapitan, plus they will soon be opening branches in SM Southmall and SM Fairview. Schedule your first visit to their SM San Mateo branch this coming October 16-18 to score some awesome deals like saving P120 when you buy 2 of their bottled sauces (buy 2 take 1) or getting a special treat when you order their mixed platter meal. That weekend is also SM San Mateo’s 3-day sale, where you can get as much as 70% off on great finds (hello, Christmas shopping!). You’ll also get a chance to win a Suzuki Celerio! Mark your calendars! Shop, save, and eat!