Monday, December 19, 2011


Place: The area is clean and beautifully furnished. The fishing-related decor adds charm and fun to the place, especially the fishing net ceiling. The dining tables are not that spacious and sturdy though, so are the chairs.

Food: Generally delicious. We ordered the Giligan's Grilled Platter Special, Giligan's Combo Platter, Boneless Crispy Pata, Chopsuey, Kare-Kareng Gulay, Mango Float, Leche Flan, and Buko Pandan Salad.

Giligan's Grilled Platter Special (Php 575) had different kinds of meat, all grilled with the same tasty, slightly sweet marinade. The platter has tuna belly, squid, pork belly (liempo), chicken barbecue, and some relish. The grilled pork belly was delicious, juicy, and tender. The tuna belly wasn't fresh so its flavor wasn't clean. Same was true for the squid, although the pieces weren't tough. The chicken was juicy and perfectly grilled. Its flavor however wasn't punctuated (we thought it was inasal).

Giligan's Combo Platter (Php 495) had different fried goodies: lumpiang shanghai, calamares, and fried chicken. Plus, this platter also had grilled pork belly. Now this one we liked. The fried food was cooked perfectly; each piece was golden and crispy. Each was also well seasoned. The lumpiang shanghai's our favorite!

The Boneless Crispy Pata (Php 210) was disappointing. Sure, the pieces were crispy and juicy, but they were bland.

The Chopsuey (Php 105) was OK. The vegetables were fresh and well sautéed, and the sauce was flavorful and sweet (maybe they put coconut water).

The Kare-Kareng Gulay (Php 132) was a winner! The sauce had the right creamy consistency and the right amount of peanut flavor. We couldn't stop pouring it over rice! The vegetables (eggplant, pechay, and puso ng saging) were fresh and not overcooked.

Then came dessert. The Mango Float (Php 55) was delicious. The mango cubes were fresh, the cream wasn't too sweet, and the crust wasn't bland. The dessert was served too hard though. The Leche Flan (Php 35) was equally delicious. The caramel had the right sweetness and the flan itself was smooth. Finally, the Buko Pandan Salad (Php 55) was O-K. The coconut meat was fresh, the jelly cubes were fun to eat, and the sauce had the right consistency. Problem was, the dessert was a tad too sweet because of the nata de coco pieces mixed into the thing.

Must-eats: Kare-Kareng Gulay, Giligan's Combo Platter

Price: Considering serving size and food quality, prices are reasonable. There's no service charge, by the way.

Service: OK. The waiters were attentive. Wished they were neater though, and friendlier.

Giligan's is on the 1st floor of SM Masinag.

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