Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Arki's Grill in San Miguel Bulacan: A Taste of Authentic Mookata Dining Plus More!

Arki's Grill in San Miguel Bulacan is along the highway so it's perfect for a stop over. 
Have you ever had a Mookata dining experience? I've just had them recently for the first time at Arki's Grill in San Miguel Bulacan. Imagine fresh meat, seafood and vegetables grilled right on your table with a light and steaming broth simmering at the sides of the special dome grill. 

Arki's Grill has a lot more to offer than just grilled food items. 
A visit to Arki's Grill was part of the two-part heritage and culture tour of the town of San Miguel in Bulacan where we also had the chance to attend and witness the recent San Miguel de Payumo Festival. Arki's Grill is owned by Architect/restaurateur Ervin Garcia and wife Kat Payawal-Garcia. 

Architect and restaurateur Ervin Garcia, owner of Arki's Grill
Arki's Grill offers Thai-Mookata style dining experience as well as Korean Samgyupsal among many others on their wide range of food choices on their menu. Thus, it gives diners a whole new and refreshing way to rediscover different cuisines. Indeed, Arki's Grill is another flavorful dining destination awaiting to be discovered in this bustling food scene in the town of San Miguel, Bulacan. Read on and take a tasty peek at some of Arki's Grill's signature and mouthwatering dishes...

On specific nights, Arki's also entertains guests with a live performance by local singers

With a cozy and homey vibe, Arkis'Grill welcomes guests with a smile

Arki's Grill also offers daily buffets at a very affordable price

Thai cuisine is known for its seamless blend of contrasting flavors with umami, sweet, sour, salty, and refreshing bitter notes capped by a soothing layer of heat in one dish. And that's exactly what you'll get at Arki's Grill when you order their Mookata meal. 

See those smoking Mookata flavorr cooked right in front of our table?
Arki's Grill Mookata is composed of grilling fresh ingredients delivered right on your table. With fresh shrimps, beef, pork, chicken, kani, enoki mushrooms (my all-time favorite!), meat balls, vermicelli noodles, and fresh greens--is the perfect set to get acquainted with Mookata-style dining. 

Purple Plum Fairy with blogger friends Mercedes Maata and Daryll Dial Villena having fun at Arki's Grill as we cooked our Mookata.

Our table-top burner is fired up, and the special dome grill, with its distinct grooves, is ready for grilling. Architect Ervin Garcia, the restaurant owner himself helped us set up our Mookata because although we've been used to Samgyumpsal, Mookata is something new to us. A light chicken broth (thank God it has no MSG! 😊👍) is poured on the side of the dome grill, perfect for simmering the fresh vegetables. And as you add the meat and seafood on the dome grill, the rich and succulent juices flow down the grooves to enrich the flavors of the broth. In minutes, the high heat transforms the colors of the fresh ingredients, releasing a fragrant aroma. A quick dab of pork fat on the surface of the grill prepares it for the next round of grilling. 

As the fresh meat and seafood are grilled, the chicken broth surrounding the dome grill simmers with the fresh veggies, enriched by the savory juices from the meat and the seafood flowing down the grooves. Arki's Grill serves a sweet and a spicy gochujang type of sauce for the grilled meat and seafood, but if you want it fiery hot, there's kimchi to use along with baby marble potato salad. A bite of the freshly grilled shrimps, followed by a spoonful of the flavorful broth was just perfect to cap the night away. That's the Mookata-style dining experience you can find, only here at Arki's Grill. 

Complete your feast with Arki's Grill Samgyupsal, Tofu Sisig, Beef Bulalo, Crispy Dinuguan, Arki's Sinampalukang Native Chicken at Arki's Vegetable Rolls in Coconut Milk. All of which are perfect with steamed white rice. They are definitely a medley of spices for your discriminating taste buds. 

Sizzling Tofu from Arki's Grill

Arki's Grill version of Tofu Sisig could rival Max's Restaurant's vegetarian sisig. I won't be surprised if one day this could have a cult steady following too due to its surprising play of textures. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to the basic description of the Filipino favorite: crispy yet creamy, savory and sour, but tastes nothing like it at all. The tofu has a deep golden exterior, revealing its soft and porous egg-colored interior that absorbs any sauce it is put into. The sauce which lightly coats each piece does achieve both savoriness and sourness, but also has an inherent sweetness that is all its own. If you’re one of the fervent fans of this sleeper classic, this dish is enough to make you want to go back again and again at Arki's Grill. 

Piping hot Beef Bulalo at its finest can be found at Arki's Grill

Didn't expect that their bulalo is beyond delicious. Serving size is generous for Php295. Best bulalo in San Miguel! Great tasting bulalo soup. We pigged out on bulalo (bone marrow stew). Sipping bulalo is such a comforting experience after an exhausting day. What could be a better time to eat/gulp bulalo than during a drizzly cold evening. eh? Be prompt to consume the served bulalo or have it refilled with more soup lest the soup turns to floating solid mesh. LOL! 😀

Crispy Dinuguan at Arki's Grill

Instead of the usual pork innards, crispy lechon kawali is used to make this special version of dinuguan from Arki's Grill. Trying their take on the bloody porcine dish--with the pork cooked shatteringly-crips and the sauce thick, rich and creamy. You can forget about the puto, because you'd want to enjoy this heaping with plates of garlic rice. 

Sinampalukang Manok (native chicken) is a must-try at Arki's Grill

Arki's Grill's version of Sinampalukang Manok made from native chicken (Sour soup with chicken and tamarind grill). It is a traditional Filipino soup, bone-in chicken pieces are simmered with sauteed aromatics and tender tamarind leaves stripped from their stalks. The tamarind leaves make a sour broth balanced by the saltiness of patis (fish sauce).  

Something new is this stuffed vegetable roll on a bed of rich, creamy coconut milk

This was also the first time I had tried this fish stuffed vegetable roll with rich, creamy coconut milk. Topped with minced carrots, this dish will keep you asking for a second or even third helping of white rice. 

The wide variety of tasty meal options also includes other all-time Filipino favorite dishes. 

Shabu-Shabu are also available at Arki's Grill

We also had a taste of Arki's Grill' Boodle at the Arki's booth during the recently concluded 1st San Miguel de Payumo Festival. Arki's Grill was one of the many participants for the food stalls in the bazaar area within the San Miguel Church. They had decorated their stall with wooden chairs and artificial flowers--the same thing you'd see when you visit their main restaurant along the highway. 

We were served with a Filipino fiesta bilao filled with Pinoy goodies and rice.

 Arki's Grill breakfast boodle meal includes plain and garlic rice, tinapa na galunggong, San Miguel's version of buro, tomato sarsiado, tocino, salted duck egg, ginisang pechay, adobong talong, saba banana, fried egg and deep fried dried fish (tamban).

San Miguel buro

This buro (fermented) from San Miguel Bulacan was my second time to try it. The first one was during our visit to BJ Snack House. At first my good friend Daryll and I thought it was bagoong because of its pinkish color. But it turned out as explained to us that it was indeed buro, a San Miguel Bulacan version. To be perfectly honest, it is an acquired taste. But since I love buro, there's no problem with me. This one goes perfectly well with steamed vegetables or grilled fish. 

Arki's Grill Burong Mustasa

Burong Mustasa or Pickled Flat Mustard Greens is a type of Filipino fermented appetizer wherein flat leaf mustard greens are soaked in a brine solution composed of sea salt and rice water. The latter is the liquid produced after boiling white rice in water. Mustard greens, like spinach, are the storehouse of many phytonutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties.

Fresh Carabao's Milk in a bottle

At first sip, you'd easily understand why San Miguel is known for products made from fresh carabao's milk. Carabao's milk has kept a firm place by being the most sought-after dairy ingredient in this side of town. If you loved Magnolia Chocolait during the '90s, you'd definitely enjoy drinking this carabao's milk. 

When you're in San Miguel, come and visit Arki's Grill, you're tummies will be thanking you for it. 

The bloggers give Arki's Grill a thumbs-up at the booth during the San Miguel de Mayumo Festival.

Note: Menus prices posted are subject to change without prior notice, Please visit their FB page for latest updates and promos.

Address: Arki’s Grill- Salangan Highway , San Miguel, Bulacan ( (Fronting ICBT, besides Olive Lechon Manok)
Contact Persons: Architect Ervin and Mrs. Kat Garcia
Contact : 0935 889 1003
Operations: Mondays-Sundays
Operational Hours: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

1 comment:

  1. Awesome culinary trip, thank you Arki's Grill and Walk with Chan :)


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