It is obvious how inasal or inihaw restaurants occupy our city since we can almost find them everywhere, and undeniably were liked by local and international tourists. But the invasion is never to stop anytime soon for recently two of my food blogger friends and I discovered an exceptional inihaw chicken place in Quezon City that you must strive to get to know better as well.
Ka Inato Palawan's Number 1 Chicken apparently originated from the largest province in the country (Palawan) where it is considered a pride; just like any other inasal fast food restaurants, it specializes in charcoal grilled chicken. So how do this became became the personal favorites of Palawenos? Matter-of-factly, Inato means “atin” in Palawan and “inihaw” in the southern area of the Philippines. When the two words are combined it fittingly describe the house specialty Original Chicken Inato and Inato Chicken Special (the hot and spicy version), both a must-try of course.
The dining area has white floor that contrasts wooden tables and chairs that accordingly filled the resto. Huge paintings are everywhere which could surely caught any one's attention. We went here past 2PM where lunch crowd is nowhere to be seen. This is the very first branch in Manila and there are two branches in Palawan- the one is in Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa City and the other is located in KM 4 North National Highway Corner, San Manuel Rd., Bgy. Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City. If you are pure blooded Palawenos, I'm sure you know exactly where to spot Ka Inato but for local tourists and foreigners I know that these branches deserve their time.
I smiled the first time I saw these two figures by the hand washing sink. I can feel their happy energy as I clean and sanitize my hands before eating. I cannot decipher what they are made of but surely they are fantastic!
We fortunately had a chit chat with the manager of the branch who happens to be the one running the family business here in Manila. Hence, we were guided and provided by which ones to order best. While waiting for all our orders to arrive, we filled our empty stomach with this free soup which is tasty and I observed not having the characteristics I found in other inasal/inato restaurants for I guess this was made out of natural meat and seasonings.
Ka Inato Iced Tea is likely cold, sweet and refreshing. It has two sizes, regular (PhP29) and large (PhP39). As of now they do not do refills for their beverages. By the way, softdrinks are available too!
From afar this painting do not seem to be made of glue and pigments but it is. It is so amazing that I run my fingers across the painting. As per the manager-owner, more paintings and artworks can be seen in Palawan which made me all the more excited to visit the province known for being the Last Frontier.
Ka Inato Chicken PhP98 Ka Inato Hot & Spicy Chicken PhP103 are house specialties. I must agree that their chicken is really huge that I bet two people could actually share it. Freshly-cooked, juicy and very very delicious. However, the hot and spicy version was too spicy for me that I cannot handle its biting taste. I cannot tell when was the last time I ate a charcoal-grilled chicken like this before. I was wishing there's one branch near my home. It taste different from what I normally eat in a quick service inasal house. You should really try this! Best dipped in calamansi with patis and/or toyo. Ka Inato does not have chili oil sauce for your information.
Kare-Kare (Yamang Dagat) PhP175
More PrinceSarap dish is this stew made from peanut sauce with variety of vegetables and a cocktail of fresh seafood such as shrimps, squid, cream dory fish fillet and the likes. A great and healthier substitute to the beef meat version. I'm so loving this viand that I needed extra half-rice to fulfill my hunger.
This is a main course made with kambing and baka (mutton and beef) that allowed me to be inquisitive and explore its deep flavor. Slighty spicy, really meaty, tender and has an impressively distinctive taste that goes well either with steamed rice or be eaten as is. Two thumbs up! And mapapa-come back ka sa sarap!
For desserts or panghimagas we sampled the very two items under that category. Very Filipino indeed.
Leche Flan PhP28
About an inch in height and three inches in diameter. Enough to meet your sweet desire after a heavy meal.
Pandan Puto with Salted Egg PHP28
I consider this more as a snack than a dessert but suits well my carbohydrate loading needs. I suddenly miss grated fresh coconut to accompany this steamed rice cake.
Want to experience another inato house that could suit your liking? Go to this side of Quezon City and experience the difference of the specialty of the house. Ka Inato is situated in G/F RMR Square near Visayas Ave and behind Caltex & Robinson’s Supermarket.
Tandang Sora Avenue, 1116 Quezon City, Philippines
(02) 401 1990