A handful of bloggers and media folks including myself were invited by Gerry’s Grill to sample some of their bestselling dishes as well as their new offerings.
To start us off, Adobong Puso Rice (P155, pictured above) was brought out. It’s white rice cooked in adobo sauce with chunks of pork. Since it was wrapped in banana leaves that they had to slit it in the middle to create an opening so you could scoop out the rice. It’s very tasty, and it reminded me somewhat of the Chinese machang, which is a sticky rice dish that’s also wrapped in leaves.
The new dishes were interspersed with the classics, and as such Beef Kaldereta (P220, pictured above) was up next. The grated cheese on top is a unique touch. The beef is lean and the tomato-based sauce very flavorful.
Tinomok (P165, pictured above) was the surprise of the night. It’s kind of like laing, it looked like a bunch of leaves in gata (coconut milk) but it’s actually a meat and vegetable dish. The leaves serve as a covering for a meatball like filling, and I was surprised at how the leaves retained their crunch even while being covered in sauce. The pork filling is very juicy too. The other new dishes featured different ways of cooking Pla pla, a particular fish that I’m not really fond of. 😛
For dessert I opted for Brownie ala Mode (P110, pictured above). A fudgy brownie square is topped with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. It was quite good but I was so full I only managed to finish half of it. I suggest sharing it with someone to save on the calories, hehe. 😀