Char-grilled Barbecue All-You-Can at Charaptor
Home to many hole-in-the-wall restaurants, the Zobel Roxas-San Antonio Village area in Makati is starting to gain popularity among foodies. One of the busiest restaurants in the area is Charaptor, which has an eat-all-you-can char-grilled barbecue concept perfect for families and friends with a big appetite. The restaurant is located at the corner of Kamagong and Aranga Streets.
So what's with the name? My guess is that it was derived from "char," which is the first syllable of "charcoal" or "char-grilled," and "charap"-- a play on the word "sarap," which means delicious.
How do we start? Simple: get a table (I suggest you get one inside by the windows as it can get hot and smoky near the bar), start getting your preferred marinated meats and seafoods from the buffet at the end of the room, choose your sauces, and go back to your table to grill everything on your plate. Easy, huh? Again, it can get hot in there, so dress accordingly.
The buffet offers more than 30 kinds of marinated meat--from pork ribs to beef sirloin to chicken wings among others--seafood like prawns, salmon and tuna belly, and even veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms,and corn. There's also plain rice, java rice, and mashed potatoes to complement your grilled goodies. An assortment of appetizers are also on offer, like crispy crablets, chicken skin, and chicharong bulaklak.
|The signature basting sauce|
|More than 10 tasty sauces to choose fro!|
|My first plate|
|My appetizers while waiting for my selections to cook|
|Pork isaw, enoki wrapped in bacon, and salmon belly strips|
The verdict? I find the Php 490 per head price a bit expensive considering that the food served are just ordinary barbecue stuff that you can probably easily find in your streets. I remember last year, it was only priced at Php 390, but I don't know why there's a sudden increase. If it was priced at Php 290-390, then for the experience, I think it's worth it, but at its present price, it's a bit of a rip-off. Don't get me wrong--the food is good but could have been more affordable.