The Best Bacolod Chicken Inasal for me can be found in Aida's in Manokan Country in Bacolod and Bacolod Chicken Inasal Express in Manila. When I visited the Masskara festival last year, I learned that Aida's has a Manila branch in Makati Cinema Square.
Finally, we were able to check out Aida's Chicken House in MCS...
For Bacolodian and Manileño Foodies, when it comes to Bacolod Chicken Inasal in Manokan Country, Aida's is the best choice. The closest rival of Aida's in Manokan is Nena's Beth/Nena's Rose outlet.
Toto Tarrosa, the owner of Aida's, is a serious photographer hobbyist. Here, he proudly shows off his photos of Miss Bacolod.
What I like about the chicken in Manokan Country is that it is fresh and juicy. A dash of garlic oil and garlic rice add to the inasal dining experience. Most of the restos serve dressed chicken already (including Aida's), but there are still some that prefer native chicken for their inasal.
Aida's Chicken in Makati Cinema Square
In Makati, Aida's is called Aida's Chicken House and is hidden in the basement of Makati Cinema Square. The ambiance is nothing like its original Manokan Country branch, which has a bahay kubo-style. This one is more like a canteen (with plastic chairs) but with art surrounding you.
The restaurant is also an alternative exhibit space for artists.
You have to wait for a while when you order your inasal, which is a good sign because it means they don't precook their chicken. The inasal they serve here is as juicy as the ones found in Manokan Country.
In the Makati Branch, they serve other hot dishes. We like this Ilonggo-style Bicol Express with knotted baguio beans and sigarillas. It's good that there are other options in the menu: Set Meals, Soup and Drinks | New Menu
Besides the soup, the set meals are served with eggplant ensalada and salted eggs. For P135 pesos only, you'll get yummy, authentic chicken inasal. :)
Really good, authentic chicken inasal for a good price and artsy ambiance! Remember, don't settle for anything less than the authentic because it's such a waste of calories if you eat mediocre inasal.
Aida's Chicken House
Makati Cinema Square, Makati City
(It's in Basement 1, near the escalators.)
Contact: Toto Tarrosa
Operating Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays-Sundays.
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P.S. What's your favorite chicken inasal place in Manila?