July 16, 2012 9 Comments
When the Wednesday group set off to explore the gastronomic haven that is Kapitolyo, the initial goal was to discover unique epicurean finds. The area did not disappoint and we had one success after another. One week, however, all of us wanted something classic, something familiar, something sure-ball. Wena, Anthony and I (Pasig’s our turf, not Rachel’s. Hers is the south. :-P) all agreed on our next stop, a restaurant even non-hardcore foodies would associate with Kapitolyo: Charlie’s Grind and Grill.
Their Black Angus Burgers and Buffalo Wings are the type you’d compare other burgers and wings to, and to this day I still believe they cook up some of the best I’ve tasted. True enough, on this last visit, I still got impressed with how the meat was cooked for both dishes: tender and meaty with memorably bold flavors. Everything served with it still worked like a charm, from the fries to the vegetable sticks, and of course, my must-have blue cheese dressing. It’s always nice to see consistency when it comes to dining favorites.
This being an exploration initiative, it was inevitable that we tried new dishes as well. For starters, the Meatballs Marinara on Submarine, though not really new, was a first for all of us. As you can clearly see below, it was a sight to behold. Oo, maliit talaga si Wena, but those balls were ginormous! Obviously, another plus point for Charlie’s is that they don’t skimp on the good stuff. That sub was good enough for four! I found the meatballs herb-y (in a good way) though I would’ve liked it more if it was a tad juicier.
The true new item, Charlie’s Lettuce Wrap Burger, on the other hand, was a bag (or wrap) of mixed reviews. Flavor-wise, it was fine (really, it was good), but texturally, it was a let down. It was a mess to eat, too. We all thought it would’ve been more successful if it was in salad form, but I think I get were the owners were coming from when they added this to the menu. Who goes to Charlie’s and orders for a salad anyway?
We were full from all of the carnivorous stuff that just went inside our tummies but not full enough to not have space for dessert. I asked for one item, and one item alone: Charlie’s Key Lime Pie. I remember clearly when I first had this citrus-y treat. I was such a noob back then and did not imagine sour flavor profiles would make for a great dessert. I sampled it, was a fan since then, and I am still. Chiiiiiillls…
The rest of the group clamored for some Mini Frozen Brazo which was a not-so-ice-hard (a more apt description would be “chilled”) version of brazo de mercedes. I found it a bit sweet, but the mouthfeel was right on. The one below, however, was just OK but not so special, so much so that I don’t even remember what it is.
Now that I think about it, what I wrote in this post is hardly new. Just a reminder and confirmation of what we always knew: that for good food, we can always rely on Charlie’s.
Charlie’s Grind and Grill – Kapitolyo
16 East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo,
Pasig, Philippines, 1603
Telephone: +632 501 0137
Mobile phone: +63939 450 4758