Back in December 2006, I remembered how excited I was to visit Serendra after reading a lot of positive reviews about it. Our first stop was at Polu Kai Grill as it was one of the few restaurants who opened way ahead before the rest did. I remembered ordering two dishes which were simply forgettable. The meat was dry and tasteless, the squid (or was it fish) was nothing extraordinary. Perhaps they were just trying things out at that time but I never got around to going back and giving it another try since then. Good thing the company was great or it would have been a terrible experience as a whole.
Similar to my Haiku experience, I was surprised to see Polu Kai Grill on my list to visit during the Spot.ph Blogger's Tour. Needless to say, I was a bit hesitant being well aware of their dishes based on my previous visit. Then again, I entered the restaurant with an open mind thinking that it has been more than a year since and things might have changed.
Good thing I did or I would have probably missed out on enjoying a real good Hawaiian meal!
Browsing through the menu, I am totally loving the cute sounding names of their best-sellers which incidentally were also the ones sampled to us. There's the Aku Poki (P160) which the menu describes as Hawaii's most famous pu-pu!!! Fresh tuna chunks in shoyu sesame marinade served in a bed of lettuce. I am a big fan of raw tuna so this dish I like! It somehow reminds me of spicy tuna salad minus the wasabi and the spicy dressing normally added to this dish. Another Pu-pu (which, mind you, means appetizer in Hawaiian and not something else) is the Lomi-lomi Salmon (P160). This is very much similar to the Aku Poki except that it uses fresh salmon served with a spicy and tangy mango salsa to compliment the taste. The last and definitely my favorite was the Polu Kai Baby Back Ribs (P650). I believe that any dish that has the name of the restaurant stuck to it must be the best-seller and true enough, the baby back ribs didn't disappoint. The chef told me that they have marinated this over a long period of time and grilled it to perfection to achieve that "falling off the bones" quality. I love how the flavor was perfectly kept intact and the sauce was sooo good that I had to stop myself from scraping my plate clean.
Eating made us all thirsty and what a delight that we were served with fresh pineapple juice (P105) in a mini pineapple. This drink completed my Polu Kai Grill Hawaiian experience that I couldn't help but take a photo of my yummy drink for remembrance. Ü
Once again, good food is definitely better the second time around. Aloha!
Polu Kai Grill is located at the retail promanade of Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It's wise to make a reservation especially during dinner time by calling them at 8560355/901-1841
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