Grill All-You-Can at Charaptor (Makati)

I’ve heard about this unlimited ihaw-ihaw earlier this year but since I’m not very keen on exploring Makati that time, I let it pass. (Sounds so appealing though, and it was!)

However, the Facebook page of Charaptor https://www.facebook.com/CharaptorBBQ?fref=ts&ref=br_tf kept on appearing and appearing on my news feed. I don’t know if Facebook has noticed that I’ve been searching for places to eat, or if their post was sponsored. Haha! So anyway, last month, we decided that it was time.

Charaptor has two branches – one in Kamagong Street, Makati and another in MOA. The rate in Kamagong is lower than in MOA’s. They claimed that MOA has premium choices and I’ve also read that the resto is airconditioned. I was torn. The difference was almost 200 pesos but we we’re on a budget that time. I realized that if every table has a grill, and not smokeless, it could get really hot, so I was quite hesitant about the Kamagong branch. Luckily though, there was a low pressure area that week, so it was cloudy to rainy in weather.

I usually make reservations when dining in a buffet because I know it can get packed. But this time, we opted not to because it was Friday and we’re going there for lunch. Still, I wanted to get there before 10am to make sure we have good seats. To my surprise, there were no people eating when we arrived. As in we were the first set of customers and it was already 10:30am. We were greeted by their very courteous and helpful staff. They told us to wait for a bit while they set up our grill. The food was ready.

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They are using traditional charcoal grill. There’s an exhaust for every table but ours didn’t help that much. The food choices were not much, but it’s enough for the less than 300 pesos you paid. They also served some cooked meals for while you wait for your grilling to complete.

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My boyfriend really enjoyed grilling. He was not an expert and there were a few times he burnt some of the food. But he kept on going back to get more food. We stayed there until 12:30. And by the time we were finished there were already five tables occupied.

The selection was limited, but for 300 pesos it’s worth it. What I also like is that they have several choices for sauce. We used it for dipping and for glazing raw food. We experimented a lot, and we failed some. 😀

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Oh and the rate does not include drinks. You have to add 45 pesos (?) for unlimited drinks. Don’t expect too much though. They are powdered juices and ice tea.

By the time we were done eating, we we’re sweating a bit and our clothes smelled. We didn’t mind though because we expected it. Good thing I bought extra shirt. Their comfort rooms are also clean and quite spacious.

Overall it was a great experience. Am I going back? Definitely! Although if the weather is too hot I might prefer the MOA branch. It was rainy when we went to Kamagong and we we’re already sweating a bit. What more if the place was packed and every table is grilling? LOL.

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One Chill Night at the Classic Home Brew Cafe

As much as we love to eat, my boyfriend and I are complete opposite when it comes to food. He can eat everything from the go, grow, glow while I’m one of the pickiest eaters you’ll meet. So the decision on where to dine usually falls on me.

The advantage of living in the Metro and having full access to internet is you can search and browse and read reviews of where to eat. He is the ultimate food buddy because I can take him anywhere I want. LOL! Anyway, our first few choices were always mainstream and popular chain restaurants. As months passed by, we found ourselves seeking for not necessarily new, but delicious, unpretentious, less tacky kind of restaurants. Our love for small, family owned restos and cafes also grew.

He has a friend who lives in Imus, Cavite who told us about this newly opened cafe – Classic Home Brew Cafe. We went there one night but unfortunately the place was packed. It was not crowded or noise, but all the tables were filled. Fortunately, we want back a week after and scored a table.

It was a two story house with front yard that was converted into a cafe. I didn’t ask much information because I wasn’t planning on blogging about the places we’ve eaten. But I wanted to share now. Haha! It’s near Imus Plaza, same street as the Unida Church. Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Classic-Home-Brew-Cafe/807499276006179?fref=ts

New and small, I was surprised that they do offer quite several hot and cold coffee, frappe and mikshakes. They do offer food but the list was limited. I think they only got three pasta dishes in their menu, some sandwiches and little pica-pica.

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Wilmer, being the fries lover that he is, ordered their french fries with cheese sauce and garlic ranch dressing. For p90 pesos, it was quite affordable. I realized this when I remembered how pulutan fries would range from 90-150 pesos and give you the usual, deep friend, palengke fries. This one was good. We almost finished it before our pasta came.

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I ordered their Creamy Carbonara and Dark Chocolate Milkshake. True to its name, the pasta was almost swimming in white sauce which has a bit of smoky taste (not bad though), sprinkled with bacon bits and added with mushrooms. It was worth it for 90 or 95 pesos. The milkshake was good, but it was not quite the one I’m expecting. I don’t have a sweet tooth but I do love chocolate so I prefer the bitter-sweet tasting ones. I thought calling it a “dark” chocolate makes it less sweet, but it was like milk chocolate for my taste.

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Wilmer also ordered Bolognese pasta which was really good, considering it was only 90+ pesos. It wasn’t sweet but a little sour. Tastes like genuine, tomato sauce to me! I’m not sure tho, I’m not really good with ingredients and all. But it definitely does not taste like fast food spaghetti. He also ordered another milkshake which I forgot the name. I also didn’t have a chance to taste it but the waiter said it was their best seller and Wilmer seemed to enjoy it.

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The servers were polite and efficient. There were I guess two or three of them but they served fast. I hope that soon they will offer more food. If you want to have a chill night and you’re within Imus, this is a good place to drop by.

 

Cheers!

Arra