Thursday, April 12, 2012

Charlie's Grind and Grill at Ronac Art Center, San Juan

A dinner out with my hubby's friends one Thursday night took me to a new and emerging foodie haven called Charlie's Grind and Grill. No, it's not the one at Kapitolyo, Pasig but rather, in the cool Ronac Art Center in San Juan. A new branch, I guess. If my calculation is right, it's more or less than 500 meters from Greenhills Shopping Center.


What I love most about Charlie's is that it serves my fave buffalo wings! They also have pasta, burgers, fries and imported beers. All these food make for a fun dining experience, methinks. Anyhow, we made sure to order a couple of items and shared everything. We were six adults and one child but still, we ended up with some leftovers which we gladly took home.

We had two dozens of Buffalo Chicken Wings (P335 per dozen). To have some variety, one dozen was sweet and the other was hot. They came with veggie sticks and a small container of blue cheese dip. Between the two flavors, I liked the sweet one better. I dunno, but Charlie's hot buffalo wings didn't appeal to me that much, which is contrary to what a lot of people say about their wings. It had the heat, the saltiness and the sourness, but maybe I was looking for more oomph factor.

say hot!


The Black Angus Burger (P195) which I personally chosen was okay and I thought it was worth the price. It had cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mustard and mayo. The beef was tasty and tender but was a bit on the dry side.



We also had two orders of Meatballs Marinara on Pasta (P280 per order). I loved the sweet-salty flavors of the tomato-based sauce! Each order had four big meatballs, definitely good for sharing. I could tell the meatballs were made of 100% pure beef but sadly, they were too bland for my liking. I hope they add more salt next time.

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For sidings, we got Chili and Cheese Fries (P120) and Nacho Fries (P150). I'm not so sure if I got the names and the prices right but they were both 100% hand cut fries. While one had cheese sauce, the other had a some kinda salsa of ground beef, onions and tomatoes. You can never go wrong with fries, especially if they look so real with skin on, so you could say I liked them.



To give a sweet ending to our meal, we had one of their desserts. I didn't get the name and price but it was basically a chocolate cake drizzled with caramel sauce. I liked it a lot because the cake was moist and not too sweet.

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Our drinks, on the other hand, consisted of soda and San Mig light. We also tried one of the imported beers displayed in one of the refs which had a nice, light taste.

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The ambience at Charlie's is quite relaxed. There were a lot of people when we dined, mostly basketball players (some famous, some not) and their friends. I heard there's a basketball court at the second floor so that explains it. If you're not used to having a lot of people around (good thing they have ample parking spaces there!), you can always opt to go for take-out. By the way, the resto's open from 9am until midnight. :)

Charlie's Grind and Grill
Handcrafted Burgers

G/F Ronac Art Center
Ortigas Avenue, San Juan

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  1. this is quite famous yet I've never been here yet. How sad =(

  2. Charlie's!! I miss their wngs! :)

  3. Reasonable price na rin mga food dito. Mukang masarap pa.


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