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10 Best Pinoy-Style Fried Chicken in Metro Manila
SPOT.PH goes around Metro Manila to sample Pinoy fried chicken under P250.
Published on: Jul 9, 2010 - 6:59am

1401 Paz Street corner San Gregorio Paco, Manila
Tel. no. 561-3485 and 563-7232
Open 8:30 a.m. to 12 midnight daily

Don't be fooled by the looks of its Fried Chicken (P150 for half). While the house specialty may appear plain--devoid of any coloring or extender--it nevertheless is cooked only upon order and served fresh off the pan, accompanied by a sweet, thick, brown sauce in a large bowl. It reportedly has become so popular among patrons that management claims to be the Master of Fried Chicken. Perhaps, that's why Myradel has been endorsed by a beauty titlist: Binibining Pilipinas 2004 Jonah Cabrera. In fact, her photo is featured on a promotional tarp that hangs inside the restaurant's modest digs.

146 Jupiter cor.Saturn Sts., Bel-Air Village, Makati City. Tel. No. 895-0101

Though the restaurant is more famous for its Chicken Barbecue, its fried version, the Chicken Honey (P212 for half), should not be underestimated. Aristocrat's fried chicken has a hint of lemongrass to complement the almost-buttery taste of the chicken skin. The chicken meat is, as expected, nicely tender and moist. You can skip the Java sauce that's served on the side. The fowl is tasty enough.

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  • Finn
    Yung sa Pancake House guys pakicheck
    2 months ago     Reply  
  • kuko martin
    no. 1 fried chicken dito sa Singapore ang ChickenJoy tinalo nya KFC,Popeyes, Texas chicken
    Nov 10 2013 @ 09:00pm     Reply  
  • des
    Try niyo sa Broaster House:
    Aug 31 2013 @ 12:55pm     Reply  
  • Noypi
    Pinoy style fried chicken ang topic. Andoks has lechon manok. Read carefully kasi before posting.
    Nov 05 2012 @ 07:52am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Gardo Versausage
      What is pinoy style fried chicken? Is there such a thing? Chicken joy? Nah, copycat of america's southern style fried chicken, the best known example is KFC, the chicken may not taste the same but the method of preparation- breading/ battering the chicken then deep frying is definitely southern style. Even max's is a copycat of the maryland style pan fried chicken- use different spices, no extenders like flour etc and fry it. Savory is a variation of the maryland style except they use oriental/ chinese spices.
      11 months ago     Reply   Hide replies
      • singkitgirl
        gardo, sino ba may copyright sa recipe ng fried chicken? i'm sure may kanya-kanyang version ng fried chicken ang iba-ibang bansa na na-develop over time regardless kung sino nauna. ang "america's southern style fried chicken" at "maryland style pan fried chicken" ay hindi imbensyon ng USA. hindi sila ang unang bansa o ang kaisa-isang bansa na nagprito o nag-bread o nag-marinate ng manok nila. the fact that you acknowledged that chickenjoy and kfc "may not taste the same" and that savory chicken uses "different spices, no extenders like flour etc" means that they ARE different. arguable 'yung term na "copycat." Copycat ba kapag hindi pareho ang ingredients at hindi pareho ang lasa ng final products?

        so, is there an exclusively "pinoy-style" fried chicken, objectively? who knows? and who cares? if it's devoured by hordes of pinoys - the way pinoys LOVE their chickenjoy/max's/ nanay's pritong manok over KFC - then it must be what pleases the general pinoy palate, thus the loose term "pinoy-style."
        8 months ago     Reply  
  • jejemon
    bakit walang ANDOKS dito the best yun ah!
    Jul 10 2012 @ 10:59pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Definitely Maybe
      maybe because andok's chicken is roasted and not pan fried
      4 months ago     Reply  
  • vous
    people should also try Ramon Lee's fried chicken.... it was one of their specialties.....
    Nov 07 2011 @ 12:34am     Reply  
  • storm
    I think the list needs to be updated soon.rnrnI think the list has to consider Country Chicken, Terry's, etc.rnrnI agree with some of the comments, parang mas masarap naman yata ang Chick n' Chips ng Shakey's or KFC than Jollibee. Jollibee's Chickenjoy is not a joy anymore.rnrnAsan ba yan Myradel na yan?
    Oct 04 2011 @ 03:31pm     Reply  
  • luzviminda anne morales
    wala ng tatalopa sa fried chicken ng mary jay at rody day's at ester sa malabon naifeature na cya sa tara lets eat at panalo ang lasa kay tonipet gaba. kaya kung food trip ang hanap nyo punta na kayo sa malabon try nyo search sa internet ang malabon food trip para mareview at makita nyo. from dessert to main course panalo ang MALABON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Mar 21 2011 @ 03:15am     Reply  
  • batbo
    Pinoy-style Fried Chicken is the main topic here guys...Ibig sabihin Pinoy Taste & Pinoy in origin...I agree that SAVORY is on the Top of the List, coz it's really...really F@#%K# good. Still the same taste when I 1st tasted it more than 30yrs ago....Gravy.. Panalo!! I think Jollibee was included coz it has that Pinoy taste that every pinoy child in the Metro & provinces likes the Juiciness & crispiness....ika nga ng iba when they go to a Mc Do...."Miss may Chicken Joy kayo??"....
    Feb 12 2011 @ 12:09pm     Reply  
  • beerking
    Chickenjoy forever!!
    Jan 12 2011 @ 08:35pm     Reply  
  • weekend desserts
    Mini Stop Chicken is soooo good. Don't mind the trans fat. You'll even forget that once you take a bite. :D
    Nov 22 2010 @ 04:21pm     Reply  
  • Storm
    I also agree with Sherl Ang's - Shantung's is good (that's #42 in the menu).
    Sep 16 2010 @ 05:23pm     Reply  
  • Storm
    I confess that I'm a chicken lover and I picked up a few places that I never thought I would be able to find what's considered to be the best chix in town. This means I gotta try them.rnrnBut what surprised me is the non-inclusion of Country Chicken. Their sauce is to die for too.
    Sep 16 2010 @ 05:19pm     Reply  
  • laruku
    ang sarap ng KIPPS fried chicken!!! yung sa shakey's at mini stop din masarap kaso i don't think qualified yun as pinoy-style.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 08:59am     Reply  
  • usernamekoito
    on the contrary, i love the sauce of Aroma Fried Chicken as much as i love the chicken:)
    Sep 06 2010 @ 11:36pm     Reply  
  • kabog
    nako walang tatalo sa "terry's chicken" sa bambang, manila da best ang lemon at buttered chx nila, mura pa!!! walnag panama ang iba!!
    Sep 03 2010 @ 12:36pm     Reply  
  • Doming
    I still prefer native chicken (yung di ngka-camouflage sa chicken fry)...chicken na chicken ang lasa!!!!!!!
    Aug 28 2010 @ 06:30am     Reply  
  • angel
    mini stop and mang inasal are the best ,very affordable pa.
    Aug 17 2010 @ 05:32pm     Reply  
  • Jel
    Me too.. =D Myradel Chicken is one of the best!
    It's so affordable and you guys gonna love it swear! =)
    Aug 15 2010 @ 03:54pm     Reply  
  • Chabs
    Soooooo lucky coz i've already tasted the Myradel Chicken and it is the best among the rest! :)
    Aug 15 2010 @ 03:49pm     Reply  
  • aj
    For me, the best pa rin ang Tropical Hut Spring fried chicken! Before, i hate the breast part sa ibang fried chicken or grilled one, whatever.. .But here in Tropical, malasang-malasa, talab ang sarap ng breast part of their spring chicken. Dapat pala may discount na'ko next time at binibida ko product n'yo TROPICAL HUT! he he hehe h.
    Aug 15 2010 @ 01:38pm     Reply  
  • Fudtrip
    Asus... drama naman, bakit may Jollibee! Napaka obvious binayaran ang author para sa article na to! Wag ka magdeny, may kakilala akong nagtratrabaho dyan. So cheap.
    Aug 13 2010 @ 07:51pm     Reply  
  • tim
    imo, the best fried chicken in the philippines is the crispy fried chicken of gloria maris (greenhills). the meat is so tender and juicy but the best part of the chicken is the skin as it tastes like a lechon's skin.
    Aug 13 2010 @ 03:09pm     Reply  
  • William
    why the heck is jollibee here? disgusting! all the others were of gourmet quality and not fastfood-style. i think that to include jollibee chicken in their ranks is a bit unfair for them, if not an insult. just my two-cents worth.
    Aug 12 2010 @ 10:31am     Reply  
  • rosita
    yung chief cook namin dating nag wowork daw sa max's kaya sya masarap kasi double cholesterol sya..yung ginagamit na oil eh yung galing sa oil ng baboy..o edi ang sarap talaga..okey lang yun minsan lang naman diba..
    Aug 09 2010 @ 09:45pm     Reply  
  • rose865
    how come KFC is not in the list? Their chicken is also good especially the hot and crispy together with their gravy. also affordable.
    Aug 08 2010 @ 03:33pm     Reply  
  • majangeles
    Max Chicken pa rin...the icon of Pinoy Chicken!
    Aug 07 2010 @ 11:29pm     Reply  
  • oguragumon
    RISBEE pa rin ang the BEST sakin.. hanapin nyo na lng kung saan
    Aug 06 2010 @ 11:36am     Reply  
  • katrina
    try NATY'S fried chicken in san pedro laguna, it's the best :)
    Aug 05 2010 @ 09:20pm     Reply  
  • sanutcher
    pancake house's chicken!
    Aug 05 2010 @ 10:13am     Reply  
  • Peter
    Yum! My vote goes to Max's fried chicken, a bit pricey nga lang. If you're from Laguna or will be visiting sometime soon, try to drop by Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Bay, Laguna. Their fried chicken is one of the best I've tried, very affordable pa.
    Aug 05 2010 @ 09:36am     Reply  
  • tinkiky
    i think max's is marinated in bagoong but the chicken is then steamed before it is friend so it's cooked (and sarap!) to the bones but still retains it's golden color. agree, mini stop chicken is really good. for something outside manila, chefoo restaurant at cavite city has the best fried chicken! :D
    Aug 05 2010 @ 02:07am     Reply  
  • rowena
    try YOUNG's FRIED CHICKEN. they are located in QC. sarap na, mura pa...
    Aug 04 2010 @ 11:44am     Reply  
  • Chefchefan
    Jollibee made everything wrong!
    Aug 04 2010 @ 08:38am     Reply  
  • sumthin
    masarap nga ang fried chicken sa pancake house. medyo may something na maasim. kaso ang tagaaaaal bago maserve. ‹
    Aug 04 2010 @ 07:09am     Reply  
  • vel
    with regards to mang inasal chicken,,hindi ko siya like kasi the chicken is too dry to eat
    Aug 01 2010 @ 12:08pm     Reply  
  • Mai
    Aug 01 2010 @ 06:08am     Reply  
  • dale
    mini stop chicken!!!
    Jul 29 2010 @ 04:12am     Reply  
  • rghocson
    ramon lee, pre world war 2 pa yata! same location in plaza sta cruz
    Jul 27 2010 @ 11:57am     Reply  
  • devilvision666
    haha! MINI STOP chicken! all time favorite!
    Jul 22 2010 @ 07:18pm     Reply  
  • Rubi
    mang inasal? fried chicken nga diba? bobo!
    Jul 15 2010 @ 04:57pm     Reply  
  • yo chicken
    I don't think Savory chicken's fried... it's roasted. Sincerity chicken's the best, buttery and flavorful!
    Jul 13 2010 @ 06:28pm     Reply  
  • bratgirl
    yeah i agree with caleb....u must try the kipps chicken its affordable but its yummy... =)
    Jul 12 2010 @ 08:37pm     Reply  
    Jul 12 2010 @ 05:17pm     Reply  
  • dina
    I'm loving Jollibee Chickenjoy again. They seem to have gone back to the original recipe.
    Jul 12 2010 @ 03:57pm     Reply  
  • jailini
    ah fried chicken.. (drool). i can eat it everyday.
    Jul 12 2010 @ 02:33pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    Savory is soooo Retro. Reminds me so much of my childhood and the late 80s to the early 90s when I used to live in Pasay. Thankfully they now have a branch in MOA. If I want to feel nostalgic, I just pop in an order the classic, moist FC with their special sauce. Sun Wah restaurant in Ronquillo near Avenida Rizal serves a mean fried chicken, cooked like Peking duck. Don't know if they're still operational. My dad would normally order "Tito" asado or bituka in Hokkien, usually served with thinly sliced green papaya achara.
    Jul 11 2010 @ 10:48pm     Reply  
  • Jersey
    I love Jollibee Chicken Joy! Pero in fairness, lumelevel na din sa kanila ang chicken ng Mini Stop! :)
    Jul 11 2010 @ 08:44pm     Reply  
  • Aya
    yeah... caleb is so right. Kipps has the most underrated chicken. and their gravy's so fine. Kipps chicken beats Jollibee's hands down, especially when eaten with their spanish rice.
    Jul 11 2010 @ 07:40am     Reply  
  • mommy
    Sincerity fried chicken is the best! Agree with Sheryl, Shantung's is yummy as well.
    Hi Sungit, country chicken is roasted I think.
    Jul 10 2010 @ 09:29pm     Reply  
  • Crunch
    yum! fried chicken is my comfort food... my favorites are from jollibee, pancake house, shakey's, and tropical hut (the spring chicken).
    Jul 10 2010 @ 03:58pm     Reply  
  • Ian

    "But Ian, doesn't that defeat the purpose of writing a "Top 10" list? Something "subpar" has no place in a top 10 list. For a bottom 10 list, maybe."

    Most resto reviews except the highest caliber 4-stars-at-The-New-York-Times will have SOMETHING to criticize. And since the subject matter they're dealing with -- fried chicken from hole in the wall spots -- You're expecting absolute perfection? Be a little realistic naman, please.
    Jul 10 2010 @ 01:22am     Reply  
  • Dennis
    I vote for Mini Stop chicken. :-)
    Jul 10 2010 @ 12:36am     Reply  
  • Irene
    I say SR Pedro of Cebu as suggested by MarketMan.

    Super love JT's Manukan (Joel Torre) even better than Mang Inasal.

    On the side: I heard they say the secret ingredient of Max is they marinate their chicken in Milk?
    Jul 09 2010 @ 11:20pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    the best Pinoy-style fried chicken is the "pre-war" fried chicken of cafe isabel (by gene gonzales) second best is the crispy chicken at mesa's grill..
    Jul 09 2010 @ 03:26pm     Reply  
  • sungit
    you should include Country Chicken, sauce pa lang ulam na..
    Jul 09 2010 @ 01:24pm     Reply  
  • toyang
    @ fruity oaty, hahaha! friend chicken nga! di ko nakita - palibhasa i just looked at the pictures at nag-drool na agad!
    Jul 09 2010 @ 01:13pm     Reply  
  • sheryl ang
    shantung's fried chicken!
    Jul 09 2010 @ 01:09pm     Reply  
  • teacher
    I highly recommend barrio fiesta's fried chicken, the one that's made 'the same way' as their crispy pata. It took my family by surprise when we tried it.
    Jul 09 2010 @ 12:36pm     Reply  
  • donna
    I agree...

    Mini stop chix-yummy and affordable

    > KFC
    > MCDO
    > Kenny Rogers

    Even the chix sa kanto haha!!

    Basta chix mmmm yummy...
    Jul 09 2010 @ 12:20pm     Reply  
  • fruity oaty
    YUM! My mouth is drooling right now. Just one thing I have to mention (and I hope I don't come across as being nitpicky)... but the first sentence for Sincerity Restaurant begins as: "Sincerity's Friend Chicken"... FRIEND? FRIEND? FRIEND? I don't want to eat my FRIENDS. I like them, but certainly not that way. :P LOL!
    Jul 09 2010 @ 12:04pm     Reply  
  • alan

    tanga ang p*&$! mang inasal! yeah mini stop johnny's chix is big and cheap!paired with tomato ketchup!

    Jul 09 2010 @ 11:41am     Reply  
  • deecee
    so my buddy goes, "sarap half-chicken dyan eh.." I guess pag whole na it tastes different.
    Jul 09 2010 @ 11:24am     Reply  
  • coleen
    bakit walang ramon lee?
    Jul 09 2010 @ 11:15am     Reply  
  • caleb
    ...and yet SPOT.PH made another terrible conclusion on their top 10 food list around the metro.

    do they even tried KIPPS fried chicken? Man, those chix are the most UNDERRATED fried chicken.

    seriously it boggles the mind if they keep adding Jollibee stuffs on their lists.
    Jul 09 2010 @ 11:01am     Reply  
  • admarv
    @HELLO - the article is about top 10 pinoy-style fried chicken, so you won't find mang inasal in the list since it's cooked differently (inihaw/inasal)
    Jul 09 2010 @ 10:51am     Reply  
  • Gino
    "It shows readers that the writers aren't just about making puff pieces and will recognize something as subpar when its called for."

    But Ian, doesn't that defeat the purpose of writing a "Top 10" list? Something "subpar" has no place in a top 10 list. For a bottom 10 list, maybe.
    Jul 09 2010 @ 10:47am     Reply  
  • chik chik gutierrez
    yummy chicken; bad writing.
    Jul 09 2010 @ 10:44am     Reply  
  • Ian
    This is a good feature because you covered some lesser-known restos and that you were critical when you thought it was necessary. It shows readers that the writers aren't just about making puff pieces and will recognize something as subpar when its called for.

    Looking forward to trying these places.
    Jul 09 2010 @ 10:42am     Reply  
    Nasan si Mang Inasal? HAHAHAHA

    extra rice and chicken oil.. yum yum
    Jul 09 2010 @ 10:37am     Reply  
  • summer girl
    i love fried chicken! looking forward to trying everything in this list hehe :D

    @ happi yogini, have to agree on mini stop chicken - satisfies the craving and budget friendly too :)
    Jul 09 2010 @ 10:33am     Reply  
  • happi yogini
    I highly suggest mini stop chicken. it's the best!
    Jul 09 2010 @ 10:30am     Reply  
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