I first tried the inasal of JT’s Manukan Grille several years ago with Sharlyne and some of our friends. I remember we went to the first branch of JT’s which is located at the corner of Valencia and Granada Streets. For me and Sharlyne, the chicken inasal at JT’s is our favorite.
When I was invited to go to JT’s newest branch in Tagaytay, it was hard to say no because it’s our favorite chicken inasal and I haven’t had one for a long time. The Tagaytay branch of JT’s Manukan Grille is very different from their first branch. The Tagaytay branch has two floors, its own parking space (not a parking on the side of the road), and the cool Tagaytay breeze.
The walls are accented with movie posters where Joel Torre is amongst the cast.
Whenever I eat chicken, I always choose the breast part because I like white meat. I ordered garlic rice with the “petso” (breast). JT’s Manukan Grille’s garlic rice is drizzled with inato oil. For me, I prefer to have control on how much inato oil I will put on my rice just like in Aida’s in Manokan Country. I ordered atchara to pair it with the chicken inasal. JT’s atchara is quite different from the typical atchara that I’ve tried because their atchara has a lot of string beans.
I used to eat chicken inasal with soy sauce, Philippine lemon (calamansi) and red chilli (siling labuyo). Now, I prefer eat it with sinamak (spiced vinegar) and additional red chilli. If it’s your first time, it’s best to try their chicken inasal first without condiments.
For dessert, we had a leche flan. What I like about their leche flan is that it’s not too sweet.
JT’s Manukan Grille, Tagaytay branch is located right after Mushroomburger. If you’re coming from Manila, it’s located on the left side of the road.