Volcanic Grill – The Happiest Filipino Table in Manila
Volcanic Grill is a tiny and unpretentious food spot along the residential row at Florida Street in Palanan, Makati City. Its “popularity” comes from diners who drool for good Filipino food in a no frills-no nonsense ambience and not peppered by some social media hype and fancy designs.
Being savory is one of the characteristics of Filipino cuisine. The fusion of its long heritage of culinary traditions influenced by its European and Asian roots give it a distinct space in the plate world. However it is prepped—grilled, stewed, fried or braised, this Southeast Asian cuisine is always amazingly flavorful.
I have lost count how many times I have dined at Volcanic Grill and each time I come I always keep the essential eating guide: surrender to food. The V, as it is otherwise known captures the complexity of time-honored flavors and the happy vibe of Filipino dining culture. It takes pride of its aromatic and well-seasoned grilled specialties and other delightful choices of regional favorites.
I am an insatiable eater (my 40-inch waistline shows) and a big fan of fluffy white rice (my diabetologist can attest to this)! I just love how Volcanic Grill pampers my love for food. The menu offers selections that are mindful of the Filipinos’ dining tradition, that being a happy ensemble of dishes with balanced flavors, portions and prepped in various ways.
Below lists some of my favorites and food pairing recommendations. These too are undoubtedly the stars of Volcanic Grill.
Volcanic Grill keeps an al-fresco chill-out atmosphere. Here you can eat with bare hands or bring your legs up on the bench. If it makes you comfy and if it tickles your fancy, they’ll be more happy. The V gathers yuppies on a quick after-office loose-button dinner, foodies and foreign backpackers. This only means you’re in a good but not intimidating crowd.
Another great thing about Volcanic Grill that sets it commendably apart from other Filipino food hangouts in Manila is its food pricing. A generously portioned single dish ranges between less than P100 to about P150 ($2-$3 USD) while its extravagant sharing platters come in between P250 to P500 ($5-$10 USD). So whether you come alone or with a hungry pack, it won’t hurt your pockets at all.
The place is run by young entrepreneurs (who are not celebrity restaurateurs) and keeps kitchen masters that are mother-trained in their regional cookery. At Volcanic Grill, it’s just an everyday fiesta!
Volcanic Grill 3445B, Florida Street Palanan, Makati, Philippines 09164730161; (02) 2390951
- Side street parking only.
- Only about 12 tables that sit 4 pax at a time.
- Restrooms are small but super clean.
- Non-airconditioned but there are fans.
- Open kitchen so you can check prep.
- Cold beer. Yeah, cold beer.