This Restaurant’s Fried Chicken Steak Is the Steak You Never Knew You Wanted
Plus ribs, wings, and more.
37-38 Mayaman Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
Open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) Admit it: Drinking with friends usually results in, well, drunkenness, possibly rowdy behavior, a lot of griping about life, work, and maybe even some serious heart-to-heart conversations if the drinks are really flowing. For Chef Anthony “Ton” Marmol and his buddies, drinking sessions turn into more than just a way to unwind and unload; one session in particular also gave birth to a business idea. This group of friends all have different professional backgrounds—you’ll find an engineer, a marketing executive, and a pilot in the mix—but their love for food is ultimately what led them to come up with a restaurant concept, and it’s just as well that Chef Ton specializes in American cuisine.
Co-owner Kyle Villa-Ignacio jokes around and says that they started the business “Para
If you’re looking for something to munch on before your main meal, they have starters like the crunchy Cadet Onion Rings (P190). But you might also want to look out for a new item called the GI Mojos (P170), which features crisp slices of potato (Chef Ton wouldn’t say how and why the mojos aren’t greasy at all, smiling and shrugging like it’s a trade secret) served with ketchup and signature gravy, though you can also opt for their other dips, like the Garlic Aioli (P40) and Mayo Jalapeño (P35).
Alpha Soy Glazed
Bravo Garlic Lime Parmesan
From four varieties of wings flavors, El
Other flavors include the savory Foxtrot Cheesy Bacon and Golf Cheetos Jalapeño, a personal favorite of Chef Ton, which is coated with—you guessed it—Cheetos Jalapeño. He shares that a bag of Cheetos in the kitchen is in peril from
4-Star General Ribs with Mexican Corn
On the other hand, a meaty favorite is the good-to-share 4-Star General Ribs with Mexican Corn (P449). Chef Ton shares that his ribs get a thorough rubdown with spices, cooked in an oven for up to an hour to make sure the flavors settle into the pork, grilled straight after to keep it juicy, and then liberally brushed with barbecue sauce. What you get is a rack of ribs with meat that just slides off with every forkful.
Another dish that’s worth a taste is the Admiral Steak (P599/330 grams, P458/250 grams), a hefty slab grilled to perfection—and with just enough rich fat lining on the edges—served with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Jeff the Hero
One of their upcoming offerings is a dish called Jeff the Hero (P285), a tender, fried chicken steak served with potato wedges. This dish has a sentimental value for the El
Meanwhile, you can avail a 15% discount on your meal if you're part or were part of the military. All you need to do is present your military or veteran's ID to their staff. With its continuing success, a possible expansion to the South, and the promise of more good food to come, El Heneral definitely shows that even simple “
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