Last October, I was scheduled to fly to Bacolod for a two day vacation but unfortunately it was cancelled due to force majeure. I have always wanted to taste and experience the rich gastronomic culture of Negrenses especially their famous Chicken Inasal… the Bacolod Style.
I never thought that I would be able to finally taste the Bacolod chicken inasal yesterday when a good friend of mine Carmel Fuentes introduced to me Marcky’s Grill, a homey restaurant in 9-16th Street, Nazareth. Named after its owner Marc Louie Llorente Venadas, Marcky’s brought to Cagayan de Oro the real taste of chicken inasal of the City of Smiles. Marc was assigned in Bacolod for work and he fell in love with the way Negrenses grill their chicken, something that he never tasted before. He had it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yup, that’s for real that’s why he brought it here.
The first thing that I noticed with Bacolod grilled chicken is that it isn’t what we usually have in the city. It isn’t sweet and it doesn’t have sauce in it. What makes it taste really good is that it is juicy because it is cooked fresh, the meat is not frozen. And there is a ritual in eating the inasal in Bacolod. As it is served, you pour oil into the rice then add a little soy sauce. Lastly, sprinkle chopped fried garlic on top of the rice and eat with your bare hands. Sounds primitive? No, I think it just sounds perfectly delicious.
Marcky’s is confident enough to claim that it is the only restaurant in the city that serves grilled chicken in an authentic Bacolod style. The cook is hired straight from the city of smiles. Aside from inasal, they also serve Batchoy, short orders like tapsilog, and even Pampanga’s Cuisines like Binagoongan Lechon Kawali. Sounds enticing, isn’t it?
You don’t have to fly to Bacolod to taste the best grilled chicken. Bring your friends and families at Marcky’s. It is open Monday to Sunday from 10AM to 10PM. Taste their chicken inasal just exactly the way it is done in the city where the Philippines smiles the sweetest. Namit! Namit!