I grew up eating adobo, inasal, sinigang and pusit- basic Filipino foods. My palate been used to its sweet and sourish tastes that my young rebellious spirit would turn to Western burgers and Chinese food greasiness for my eating pleasures. I would reject its familiar tastes because constant intrusion in my adolescent dinner plate. I didn’t realize how I would miss it. I didn’t realize the luxury of its easy accessibility to my immature gut those days. Now as an expat living in a country with limited Filipino restaurants, I have a deeper appreciation to my home country’s distinctive cuisine. I have loved it even more when I was pregnant because I kept craving for the childhood foods our nanny used to cook for us in the summer. Grilled Bangus, Linutik, Monggo, Pochero….
Though not many Filipino restaurant survived in the competitive market here in Singapore but there are few that manage to stay. Gerry’s Grill is one of them. I took my Singaporean colleagues there for a clinic dinner. They enjoyed our sweet, oily and fattening foods, haha..
When my parents visited me here in Singapore after saying goodbye to Saudi and saying hello to retirement, I took them to a Filipino restaurant instead of introducing them to the Singapore cuisine (which I did after a few days of their stay). But like me, they have limited access to Filipino restaurants after living in the Middle East for a number of years. I took them to Gerry’s Grill.
We ordered the Inihaw na Liempo ($11.95). This is Grilled Pork Belly. The meat is not hard but not juicy enough. It can be perfectly dipped in a mixture of soysauce and vinegar with a pinch of lime.
We got the Pork BBQ ($9.45). We only got two sticks and wish we gotten more. I love the marinade. It is sweet and the meat is juicy. The portions are big per stick compared to how it is usually served in the Philippines.
We also got the usual crowd favorite, the Pork Sisig ($10.95). This is made from pig’s snout, ear and pork liver. We squeezed kalamansi on it and mix it. It has crunchy part on top. But the best sizzling sisig for me has mayonnaise on top.
For soup, we got Bulalo soup ($10.95). This is Beef Shank soup. But for me, my dad’s bulalo soup is still the best.
We also got Inihaw na Bangus. This is grilled milkfish. We have to send the fish back to have it grilled some more. We wanted it well-done. It turned out pretty nice and yummy.
I hope Gerry’s Grill will continue to serve and offer yummy Filipino foods to hungry Filipinos in Singapore as well as to adventurous folks who wants to try Filipino food.
#01-12 Starhub Centre
51 Cuppage Road, Singapore 229469
Tel no. 6567201412