Feelin’ the Red Charcoal Burn

red-charcoal-7It’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.

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red-charcoal-9The 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.

Red Charcoal Salad (P 190)
Red Charcoal Salad (P 190)

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Salad dressing
Salad dressing

red-charcoal-saladTheir salad may look plain but it sure does pack up on flavor! This one had salted egg and longganisa which adds that flavor already sans the dressing. I enjoyed this one very much.

Crispy Tenga (P 145)
Crispy Tenga (P 145)

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.

Balot ala Pobre (P 165)
Balot ala Pobre (P 165)

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red-charcoal-balot-ala-pobre-1Who 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 🙂

Daing Rice (Platter: P 165)
Daing Rice (Platter: P 165)

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red-charcoal-daing-rice-platterTo pair our main dishes, this fried rice was served. I liked how the daing didn’t overpower the rice. You could only taste hints of it.

Asian Chicken (P 245)
Asian Chicken (P 245)

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red-charcoal-asian-chickenSo crunchy and flavorful! The chicken meat inside was tender too. The sauce was rightly slathered to give it this tangy flavor.

Baby Back Ribs (P 295)
Baby Back Ribs (P 295)

red-charcoal-baby-back-ribs-1This slab looked a bit small but it did deliver in terms of flavor. Its meat was tender. The sauce on this was pretty good too.

Pinalamanan Squid (P 360)
Pinalamanan Squid (P 360)

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red-charcoal-pinalamanan-squid-1I 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.

Tahong Sisig (P 195)
Tahong Sisig (P 195)

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.

House Pasta (P 210)
House Pasta (P 210)

red-charcoal-house-pasta-1Their House Pasta consisted of beef and bacon. I wasn’t a fan of this. Only plus was that it wasn’t oily and that the pasta was cooked well.

Tuyo Pasta (P 160)
Tuyo Pasta (P 160)

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.

red-charcoal-dessertBy this time, I was full. But I’m not one to pass on dessert!

Irish Cream Butter Cake (P 95)
Irish Cream Butter Cake (P 95)

This was a little dense. I liked the walnut pieces here.

Strawberry Cake (P 145)
Strawberry Cake (P 145)

red-charcoal-strawberry-cake-1This slice was good. It was a bit fluffy and sweet.

Choco Decadent Cake (P 110)
Choco Decadent Cake (P 110)

I liked how dense and compact this was. Though it may look sweet, it was just alright.

Iced Tea (P 60)
Iced Tea (P 60)

red-charcoal-iced-teaThis was the first of the drinks I had that night. Their house iced tea was a good mix that I had to refrain myself from drinking it all.

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red-charcoal-coffee-2The 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.

red-charcoal-alcoholic-drinkI 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.

red-charcoal-1And 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.

Red Charcoal
Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, Marikina City
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Red-Charcoal-1488785358098973/

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