For most of us working people (or students), an ordinary week usually consists of REST – WORK – WORK – WORK – WORK – WORK – REST. The only day in a hectic week where we can unwind either chilling with friends or going on a date with a significant other will rest on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. But Friday night we’re already tired from work (#TitoofManila) and Sundays are usually reserved for our families (well, in my case), so that leaves us with Saturdays most of the time.
On a Saturday night after a very busy week, we wanted to find a place where we can talk and eat some good food. Since we were in Quezon City area, we thought we should look for such a place in Maginhawa/ Malingap street a.k.a. the food haven.
After a few of minutes of wandering around Malingap, we found a food place that piqued our interest and that place was Saturdate Grill .
We immediately decided to try out the place mainly because it was a Saturday, we were on a date, and we liked to have some grilled food.
The place is just small, chill and cozy.
Although we failed to take a shot of the entire place, you’ll see when you eat there that a lot of paintings are hanged around the walls. The paintings, we learned from the brother of the co-owner, were painted by their cousin based in Bacolod.
There is also a tiny stage where people can perform in front.
Finally, the place can actually be rented for intimate gatherings and even intimate performances.
Saturdate Grill’s menu is of a typical Filipino type as you can see in the picture below.
We started things off by ordering PORK SISIG, PhP 155 (or 3.29 USD), a dish made from chopped pig’s face (snout included) and ears. The dish is sometimes topped off with an egg like this one.
There was nothing too special about Saturdate Grill’s pork sisig. It may also have been oily for my taste and not as crispy as I would’ve liked. However, it still tastes good enough and has an adequate serving for its price.
Although we found Pampa’s sisig to be the best one in Malingap street, the real reason we ate at Saturdate Grill in the first place was for their grilled CHICKEN ISAW, PhP 5 (or 0.11 USD cents) and SPECIAL ISAW, PhP 10 (or 0.21 USD cents) for each stick. By the way, for our international readers, “isaw” is a Filipino term for intestine. Yes, Filipinos eat chicken intestines and pork intestines.
It took kind of long before we got our isaws which was understandable because it was a grilled snack. We promise you all the wait for the isaws are worth it.
After our first bite, we immediately regarded Saturdate Grill’s isaw as one of the best isaws we’ve ever tried. It was because of their homemade special marinade which was sweet and tasty. Plus, the meat itself didn’t had any bitter aftertaste so it was cleaned well. We didn’t had to worry in eating it! We also loved the fact that they served the isaw with onion infused vinegar to add variety in its taste
You may notice that the sticks are short, but, hey!, considering its price, it’s worth it. What we must point out to Saturdate Grill though is that their staff must limit the flipping of the isaw over the grill to avoid uneven cooking. We, as customers, don’t want to eat any of the burnt parts.
Anyway, before we forget, we highly recommend everyone to try their special isaw as it is juicy and chewy that it’s almost addicting. It’s also more enjoyable than their normal pork isaw according to Saturdate Grill’s server.
Saturdate Grill is Reasonable
We’re happy that we bumped into Saturdate grill. Its name was synonymous to the event that we were looking for and they offer good street food/ bar chow specifically isaws at very affordable prices. Saturdate Grill is perfect for those who want to end their week with a reasonable #Saturdate.
27B Malingap St., Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101
Operating Hours: 5PM to 2AM (everyday).