The Manokan Country of Bacolod City at the Reclamation Area is home to a string of native restaurants whose specialties are Bacolod chicken inasal. These are non air conditioned restaurants with simple furniture and where the people of Bacolod opt to eat with their bare hands, licking the flavors of the chicken barbecue, chicken oil, and anato oil-soaked rice off their fingers.
Sounds primitive? Maybe, but that’s how we like to have our chicken inasal and other grilled food. One of the restaurants that stand out in the area is Lion’s Park Grill Haus. I am not sure about the origins of the place but my husband says that this area was used before as a children’s playground by the Lions’ Club, hence the name. Anyway, it has long been there, since 1990 to be exact, and people are used to the name Lions’ Park already. Many come here to lunch, especially because the place is cool even during the day because it’s the only place here with its own garden and high ceilings. So the cool breeze comes in freely.
One time, hubby and I with some friends had a late dinner there, around 9pm, and we took the table outside and we dined al fresco under the moonlight. It was a cool evening and we were very hungry. We had chicken inasal and the last orders of talaba. Thankfully, we were not disappointed. 😀
Lion’s Park Grill Haus
Father M. Ferrero Street
Reclamation Area, Bacolod City 6100
Negros Occidental, Philippines
Open daily from 9am to 11pm
As with chicken inasal joints, Lion’s Park serves pecho (breast-P75), paa (leg-P70), and other chicken parts that have been barbecued Bacolod style. But their specialty is the native chicken inasal pecho and paa. Plus they also serve talaba (P45) or oysters, which hubby and I caught at good times maybe because they were fat and really tasty. Another good thing about them is that they have a turo-turo (fastfood) counter, serving several kinds of viands daily. So those who do not want inasal or would like other dishes with their inasal can also other offerings of delicious, freshly cooked native ulam to choose from. Dishes here range from P40 to P90 per order, depending on the kind.
Visit Lion’s Park at the Manokan Country, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City. They are open from 9am to 11pm daily.