It’s “ber” months already and yet, the weather is still pretty much non-ber ones. For us Manila folks, it’s either you head out to Tagaytay, Baguio or Rizal for a quick cool rush. Unknowingly, Marikina has some places to offer for that kind of feel. And on a somewhat warm night, Red Charcoal was the place to be for some cool gentle burn.
The place was big and very open. For now, it’s only open at night which is apt as it looked alive with all its warm lights. They do have a space for private events which is enclosed. The overall vibe was chill with some tunes from the band.
I don’t recall having eaten pig’s ears but yeah, this was probably the first. A little tough but I kept on getting piece after piece. Reasonable price too as the serving is good sharing.
Who knew that this streetfood could be presented in such a lovely plating? Just look at it. It’s not the balut that you see on the streets where you crack it open and add vinegar in. The one served here in Red Charcoal is an upgraded one with longganisa bits on top. And this one tasted good. A must-try at this resto 🙂
I think this was the fave on everyone’s list that night: Pinalamanan Squid (Stuffed Squid). Instead of the usual tomatoes and onions as the stuffing, they added cheese in. Yes, cheese! And it took this dish on a different level. It was inexplicably good yet still showcasing the good flavor of the squid.
And that was one good sisig! Though the tahong pieces seemed to have gotten lost in the bed of onions, it’s flavor was just really good.
I preferred this over the other pasta. I liked how it wasn’t oily and that the tuyo didn’t totally take over the dish’s taste. It was evenly spaced so that in every bite, you get to taste the fish.
This was a little dense. I liked the walnut pieces here.
I liked how dense and compact this was. Though it may look sweet, it was just alright.
The presentation of their coffee was just adorable. Since it was nearing the holiday then, they had these cute cookies hanging by the teacup’s side. Their French-pressed Coffee was a good pair to our desserts. It was quite strong in terms of acidity that it balanced out the sweetness not just of the dessert but of the cookies as well.
I wasn’t supposed to get this. See, I even forgot the name! Haha. But this was an alcoholic drink that unsuccessfully didn’t give me that Asian Glow. I tasted the alcohol in this but the blend was mild and good.
And this resto burned me bad to the point that I might go back. Haha. It was worth the distance with its ambience and good service. Backed up with good food, this is one restaurant where you could chill with your buddies and relax the night away.
Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, Marikina City