Now Open: Señor Pollo at Ebro Street, Makati

An exclusive first look at this chicken joint’s new Makati branch and the latest on their menu

Señor Pollo
5767 Ebro Street (near Kalayaan Avenue), Makati City
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.*

F7 Building, Scout Rallos corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City
Contact: 0977-142-9273 
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.*

 

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New Restaurant Alert: Señor Pollo at Scout Rallos Street, Quezon City

 

 

(SPOT.ph) French fries: long, supple strips of potato that give unassuming, unpretentious comfort. But if you found a way to make them, in their simplicity, better, would you? Because the ones at Señor Pollo are nothing short of wonderful.

 

 

Dee Jae Paeste’s works; the Pablo Neruda quote from the Quezon City branch is replaced by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 

Owner Daniel Mabanta took everything you loved about the first branch in Quezon City and put them in a much wider setting. Nope, no more rubbing elbows with strangers in this one-though with the popularity of this chicken joint, that shouldn’t be totally unexpected. The same chalkboard-style menu, the same unfinished but warm look, the same distressed-wood panels but free from glittering geckos. Instead of the rather cartoon-like animals from the old branch’s restroom, street artist Dee Jae Paeste got an entire wall to himself, painting a graffiti-esque mural of a man playing a guitar, a native chicken, and a woman with flowers in her hair.

 

It’s still a hole-in-a-wall, says Daniel, but one that’s 187 square meters big. The bigger bar-about double the length of the original-is fully prepared for a bigger drinking clientele.

 

Fried chicken

 

One-piece roast chicken, Spicy Rice, chimichurri, and Latin coleslaw

 

But Señor Pollo’s latest draw is the fries. The chicken dishes (both roast and fried) are still the same delicious things that you’ve come to expect, the famous Latin Coleslaw is still creamy and fresh, and the Lechon Asado got even better, but the Wagyu Beef Bacon (P450), where crispy thin strips of bacon are tossed in with the fries, is the final word in bar chow-updated but relatable, familiar but totally unexpected. The premium bacon slings enough flavor in there to let you ignore the aioli dressing made in house. Alcohol not required to enjoy it.

 

Wagyu Beef Bacon

 

Chicken Sisig


If you’re looking to reward your palate with bold flavors, the answer comes in the Chicken Sisig (P185). On a sizzling plate, as you hover over it for your requisite Instagram shot, you’re taunted with the smoky smells of someone you can tell is heavenly. Sliced chilies, roughly chopped onions, and chips of garlic combine for a profile that is in-your-face delicious, especially when you have it with the Spicy Rice (P36).

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Pork Milanesa


Pork Milanesa (P185) is a popular dish in South America. It’s pretty similar to the Italy’s milanese, France’s escalope, or the German schnitzel-a slab of boneless meat is tenderized flat, breaded, then fried to a crispy coat that locks in the natural juices. Señor Pollo uses pork for theirs, simply seasoned, and brightened with a bit of parsely and a lemon wedge.

At the end of the day, you’ll most likely sink back to your chicken favorites at Señor Pollo, but you might want to add those bacon fries to that list.

 

*Makati hours are subject to adjustment.

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