Dining Sans Utensils at The Grill 408

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 20, 2014

If I have to identify the one fool-proof way to sabotage my diet, it would be serving me grilled meat.

I love anything grilled - even pig and chicken offals. One nation of Celine's Foodtopia entirely consists of isaw, liempo, BBQ, and ribs. It is no wonder, therefore, that I was thrilled when a college friend made it known via Facebook that he's opening a foodscape that serves grilled food. The place is aptly called The Grill 408.

Found in the heart of old Taytay, Rizal, the Grill 408 serves a tried and tested assortment of grilled goodness.

Question: What sets this place apart from the mainstream ihawans like Mang Inasal and Isaw Haus?
Answer: You have to eat with your bare hands. Absolutely NO UTENSILS allowed.

Cool, eh?

At any rate, for this installment of Celine's Gastronomic Tales and Foodscapades, I am accompanied once again by Eli. (Photos are hers). And this time, she had finally picked up the tab. Yay!


THE PLACE
Located in one of the busy streets of Taytay's old town proper, The Grill 408 is relatively easy to spot. It is near a school and just behind the St. John the Baptist Parish.

Perched on an elevated platform, the place can be described as open-air. Right beside it is a tricycle terminal, which makes getting around and going home, easy. The theme is rustic, with wooden chairs, mason jars and rattan plate holders as some of its features. A couple of buckets were refurnished as sinks to wash one's hands. 

Across the walls, posters that are faithful to the grill theme are displayed. 




The Grill's logo is also hand-painted in a large section of the wall. I saw a photo of my friend Kim, one of the owners, doing this touch. Naks!

Kamayan Restaurant


One possible concern here is, because the place lacks noise barriers, casual conversational tones tend to morph into vociferous outcries and exaggerated gestures over roaring tricycles and other vehicles.

I, personally, don't mind this. I live amongst chickens and dogs, for heaven's sake. Not metaphorically, mind you. Actual clucking hens and barking shih tzus are commonplace from where I live.

I digress.

In any case, The Grill 408 is a good place to hang out in, either with your friends or with your family.

THE FOOD
Eli and I had an early kamayan dinner. This means we ate all these with rice (Php12 / order).

Pork BBQ (Php38 / piece)

The Grill 408's BBQ is cooked perfectly. The flavors are great and the serving is equitable with its price.

I devoured mine in a matter of minutes.

Baby Back Ribs (Php118)
Baby Back Ribs and BBQ
An order of this includes two pieces of ribs. What Eli and I liked most about this is how uncommonly lean it was. The pieces of meat were not as fatty as the ones that are usually served in Racks. As a result, they are not as cloying and as heart-attack inducing. The sauce is extremely tasty, an orchestra of sweet and savory.

Furthermore, The Grill 408's Baby Back Ribs is so well worth the price. I daresay it's even better than Rub Ribs'.


Liempo (Php138)

I told Eli it's hard to mess up grilled liempo (pork belly). I mean, come on, liempo is essentially the Hawain Pizza of grilled meat. It's a classic. A dash of salt and pepper is enough to make one helluva liempo.

With that said, (and I'm not just saying this because one of the owners is a good friend), I am impressed with The Grill 408's version of the liempo. The marinade did not overpower the natural flavors of the meat. The sauce was exceptional and, more importantly, it was grilled to perfection! Yuuuummm!!

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For a "hole-in-the-wall" foodscape, The Grill 408 undoubtedly took grilled meat into a whole new level. Another plus-factor would be its affordable prices. But if I am to make a suggestion, it would be to offer an "unli-rice" option. Filipinos love eating grilled meat with rice - lots of rice. I, for one, would be the first one to have the unli-rice.

See? Bane of my diet.

Chalk Board Menu
The Grill 408's Menu
THE SERVICE
Funny thing: when Eli and I arrived, one of the servers were asleep on one of the tables. But aside from this bout of carelessness, our experience at the place was a breeze.

BOTTOMLINE
Of all the foodscapes I have visited, The Grill 408 is the only one that I can probably bring both my father and brother to - with the certainty that they will enjoy the food. You see, both of them are food-cavemen - their taste preferences are astonishingly limited.

Anyway, this place's concept is one that is already proven. I mean, who doesn't enjoy a good ol' BBQ? The 'no utensils' policy is also a unique experience. It's more appetizing to eat with your bare hands, I think.

Will be back soon, and I might bring the family with me.

(Kim, I will hold you to your 'free rice' promise.)

HOW TO GET THERE
The easiest way to get there, especially if you're not familiar with the streets of Taytay, is to hail a tricycle. Tell the driver you're bound to L. Wood, behind St. John Parish.

OTHER DETAILS
Address: 42 L. Wood Rd. Taytay, Rizal

Business Hours: Everyday 11AM to 11PM

Contact Numbers: Not Available

Facebook Page: The Grill #408

Instagram: @thegrill408

Services: Dine-in, Take-out

Parking: Street

Modes of Payment: Cash only

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Cheers to the next adventure!

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