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5.225 TERRP 73(3.30) Gerry's Grill: Pinakbet

-Cycle 5, Item 225-
18 (Mon) August 2014

-Filipino-
Pinakbet

2.0

at Gerry's Grill (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

solo

TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place), Phase 3.  In Manila since January, here through October under the current contract, living above Robinsons Place, I've been eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city's food/blog scene.  I did all the restaurants on the 1st floor (currently 36, down from the initial 40) and the 2nd floor (currently 7, down from the initial 14).  Now, I'm doing the restaurants on the 3rd floor (currently 30, 2 of which were already covered during Phase 1).  Then, once Phase 3 is complete, onto the 4th floor, time permitting.  Henceforth, however, I'll take them as they come, no more pushing the agenda; if I don't finish, no big deal.


This is the 73rd in the series, the 30th on the 3rd floor--DONE!  Pedro Gil Wing.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

- 39(1.36) Apr 2 / Cabalen (Filipino) (see 5.087 Buffet Scraps) / 1.5 / $$

All restaurants on the 2nd floor:

- 45(2.07) Apr 30 / Recipes (Filipino) (see 5.115 (Chicken) Gisang Gisang) / 3.0 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (1-10):

- 53(3.10) May 21 / The Old Spaghetti House (Italian) (see 5.132 Pepper Crusted Fish Fillet...) / 1.5 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (11-20):

- 63(3.20) July 14 / Bagnetboy (Filipino) (see 5.190 Bagnet Solo...) / 1.5 / $

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor:

- 12(3.01) Feb 6 / Healthy Shabu Shabu (Japanese) (see 5.032 Fish Fillet Set) / 3.0 / $$$
- 19(3.02) Feb 20 / Shanghai Cuisine (Chinese) (see 5.046 Seafood Chop Suey...) / 2.5 / $$
- 46(3.03) May 7 / Casa Ilongga (Filipino) (see 5.122 Pork BBQ + Ginataang Pusong na Saging) / 2.0 / $
- 47(3.04) May 9 / Yellow Cab (American) (see 5.125 Tribeca Mushroom Pizza) / 3.0 / $$
- 48(3.05) May 12 / Mr. Pares (Filipino) (see 5.127 Pork Caldereta) / 2.5 / $
- 49(3.06) May 14 / Chin's Express (Chinese) (see 5.129 Sio Mai Mami) / 0.5 / $
- 50(3.07) May 15 / Westwood (Filipino) (see 5.130 Chicken Inasal) / 3.5 / $
- 51(3.08) May 19 / Fivestar Family Restaurant (Southeast Asian) (see 5.134 Beef Redang...) (Indonesian) / 3.0 / $
- 52(3.09) May 20 / Idang's Grille (Filipino) (see 5.131 Inihaw na Pusit + Adobong Kangkong) / 1.0 / $
- 53(3.10) May 21 / The Old Spaghetti House (Italian) (see 5.132 Pepper Crusted Fish Fillet...) / 1.5 / $$
- 54(3.11) May 27 / Davao Tuna Grill (Filipino) (see 5.142 Grilled Tuna Belly...) / 1.0 / $
- 55(3.12) June 2 / Mongolian Quick-Stop (Mongolian) (see 5.148 Mongolian Bowl) / 2.0 / $
- 56(3.13) June 8 / Ajisen Ramen (Japanese) (see 5.154 Kakuni Ramen) / 2.5 / $$
- 57(3.14) June 9 / Fiesta Seafoods Foodhaus (Filipino) (see 5.155 Seafood Grill) / 0.5 / $
- 58(3.15) June 17 / Kim n' Chi (Korean) (see 5.163 Bibimbab) / 1.0 / $
- 59(3.16) June 22 / Tiktilaok (Filipino) (see 5.168 Hearty Garlic Roasted Chicken) / 1.5 / $
- 60(3.17) July 7 / Sbarro (Italian) (see 5.183 Mushroom / Sausage Pizza) / 3.0 / $$
- 61(3.18) July 9 / Handaan (Filipino) (see 5.185 BBQ Chicken + Chop Suey) / 0.5 / $
- 62(3.19) July 10 / Pho Sac (Vietnamese) (see 5.186 Pho Ga) / 1.5 / $
- 63(3.20) July 14 / Bagnetboy (Filipino) (see 5.190 Bagnet Solo...) / 1.5 / $
- 64(3.21) July 15 / Gumbo (American) (see 5.191 Umm...Chicken Gumbo) / 2.5 / $$
- 65(3.22) July 30 / Inihaw Express (Filipino) (see 5.206 Kilawan + Bicol Express...) / 0.5 / $
- 66(3.23) July 31 / Teriyaki Boy (Japanese) (see 5.207 Teriyaki Boy Chicken Ju) / 2.5 / $$
- 67(3.24) Aug 1 / Kamay-Kainan (Filipino) (see 5.211 Pusit Adobong) / 1.0 / $
- 68(3.25) Aug 5 / Brooklyn (American) (see 5.212 Tomato & Anchovy Pizza) / 2.0 / $$
- 69(3.26) Aug 11 / Steak Escape (Filipino) (see 5.218 Pork Tocino & Fried Egg Platter) / 2.5 / $
- 70(3.27) Aug 12 / Paotsin (Chinese) (see 5.219 Shark's Fin) / 0.5 / $
- 71(3.28) Aug 13 / Adobo Connection (Filipino) (see 5.220 Traditional Adobo Combo) / 1.5 / $
- 72(3.29) Aug 14 / The Shrimp Shack (American) (see 5.221 Shrimp Po'boy Sandwich) / 1.5 / $$

A line of customers suggested that the food would worth the wait.

Gerry's Grill is a Filipino restaurant chain.  Established in 1997.  Currently over 60 locations throughout the Philippines, as well as a few in the US, a few in Singapore, and, of course, one in Qatar.  The menu offers a wide range of typical Filipino favorites.

"(You haven't been to Gerry's if you haven't tried this!) *Available in selected outlets only"--by this logic, the outlets that don't offer Blue Marlin Steak don't actually count as Gerry's.

Pinakbet is a Filipino vegetable dish.  Consists of chopped vegetables (e.g., bittermelon, squash, okra, string beans, eggplant), initially steamed then stir-fried and seasoned (e.g., soy sauce and/or fish sauce and/or shrimp paste) with aromatics (e.g., garlic and onions) and sometimes meats (e.g., pork) and/or seafoods (e.g., shrimp).  A popular accompaniment to any meal.

Blue Marlin Steak (1.0)--tried it, been there.


The food was not worth the wait.  The pinakbet was passable, reasonably fresh veg, but a bit too busy for my tastes.  The fish was fishy.  Whatever.

I'm grateful just to be done with the 3rd floor.

A breakdown of the numbers for Phase 3:

9 cuisines by national/regional origin: Filipino (14), American (4), Chinese (3), Japanese (3), Italian (2), Indonesian (1), Korean (1), Mongolian (1), Vietnamese (1).

Best meals/dishes: Chicken Inasal (3.5) at Westwood; Fish Fillet Set (3.0) at Healthy Shabu Shabu.

Worst meals/dishes: Shark's Fin (0.5) at Paotsin; Kilawin (0.5) at Inihaw Express; BBQ Chicken (0.5) at Handaan; Seafood Grill (0.5) at Fiesta Seafoods Foodhaus; Sio Mai Mami (0.5) at Chin's Express.

Average rating: 1.80 (Phase 1 = 1.78; Phase 2 = 2.22)--the food court on the 3rd floor vs. the fast food on the 1st floor.

Back down to Phase 2...

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