Wednesday, October 8, 2014

[NOW OPEN] Gostoso Piri Piri at UP Town Center, Quezon City

Gostoso Piri  Piri Chicken is a casual dining restaurant specializing in Portuguese grilled chicken more commonly known as Piri Piri Chicken. They recently opened their second branch at UP Town Center along Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, bringing their Portuguese specialties closer to residents of Northern Metro Manila. Gostoso Piri Piri opened its first branch in Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

During the long weekend, we visited their new branch to check out how the place looks like. It's bigger compared to their Kapitolyo branch, with more seating capacity and more space to move around.

The interior has the same rustic and modern industrial design, using bare concrete walls, warm wood and brick accents that will surely appeal to yuppies and students in the Katipunan area. The cozy ambiance makes it also ideal for intimate dinners and family gatherings.

So what makes Portuguese grilled chicken different from other grilled chicken recipes? Gostoso Piri Piri uses a marinade using bird's eye chili as main ingredient. The marinade is based on the family recipe of Mr. João Braquinho, one of the restaurant's partners who hails from the Alentejo Region of Portugal.

Gostoso Piri Piri has a huge kitchen where they cook their grilled chicken, pork and prawns fresh daily. Half of the kitchen staff and service crew from Kapitolyo was transferred to the new branch to make sure that quality of cooking and customer service experience is consistent between the two branches. The menu is also the same, and so are the prices.

Piri Fries

For starters, we had the Piri Fries (P95.00). The fries were fried and are then flavored with piri-piri spices and served with a sour cream dip.

Piri Piri Chicken

I had the Quarter Chicken Set (P245.00) which comes with rice and one side dish. The Piri Piri Chicken was perfectly grilled with the skin oozing with piri-piri marinade flavor while the meat is tender and moist. A Half Chicken Set (P420.00) is also available, which is served with rice and two side dishes. It's good for sharing between two persons.

For a more authentic Portuguese dining experience, you should use Gostoso's piri-piri sauce that comes in two variants. The Starter is a mild piri-piri sauce that has a fine consistency. It has the roasted piri-piri flavor with a semi-sweet peppery aftertaste. The Joao's Piri Piri sauce adds kick to your piri piri sauce. It's the one with the seeds mixed into the sauce. You can customize the spiciness level of your sauce by mixing Starter with your desired amount of Joao's Piri Piri. Mix well and adjust to your taste.

Porco Gostoso

Edgar had the Porco Gostoso Platter (P420.00) which comes with olive rice and two side dishes. Prime pork rib was braised for hours and slowed-roasted until the skin is crispy while the meat stays tender and juicy. Every bite of this is an OMG moment. This platter is good for one or up to two persons to share.

Gostoso Platter: All Three

For bigger groups, you can try the Gostoso Platter: All Three (P1,100.00). It includes Gostoso's three main dishes, the Piri Piri Chicken (half chicken), a slab of Porco Gostoso, and five pieces of Espeto de Gambas, as well as three olive rice and three side dishes. It's good for three to four persons. You can then pair it with a Carafe of Gostoso de Tea (P200.00).

So if you are within the area and deciding where to eat in UP Town Center, why not try out Gostoso Piri Piri. It could be your next favorite chicken dish.

Gostoso Piri Piri
2F UP Town Center
Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm; Friday to Saturday 10:00am to 10:00pm
Contact Number: (02) 364-5488
Instagram: @gostosopiripiri

Disclaimer: Dishes featured on this article were provided by the restaurant for photoshoot and sampling purposes only. Opinion on their food is ours and is based on our personal taste.

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