The Jelly List: Yummy national flavors to stoke your Pinoy Pride via GrabFood

With the Philippine Independence Day just around the corner, it’s definitely time to look back on some of the things that we can be proud of as a nation.

Being a foodie, I consider the sheer wondrous variety and flavor of Filipino cuisine as a definite achievement. Using our local ingredients and culinary traditions from our forbears as well as influences from foreigners and we produced a highly diverse, down-home yet flavorful array of dishes that are close to our hearts and appeal to our tastebuds.

Despite enjoying Filipino food in our hapag-kainan at home, we also go out and dine at Filipino restaurants because we simply can’t get enough of these flavors and we appreciate the unique spins that local chefs apply to our classic dishes.

And with the restrictions on dining out still in effect because of the pandemic, we are lucky that we can still have our Pinoy food cravings satisfied by our suking Filipino restaurants by having our favorite dishes delivered via GrabFood.

Check out latest #JellyList of Filipino dishes that you can enjoy at home:

Bulalong Lugaw by Soleras

Soleras, Banawe

The hearty rice porridge which serves as our go-to comfort food during rainy days just got a decadent makeover with the addition of hefty pieces of beef shanks (complete with bone marrow!).

More on Soleras here.

Pancit Lucban by Buddy’s

Buddy’s Mother’s Day

I’m ever so glad that Lucban, Quezon’s famous pancit habhab is readily available for us Metro Manila denizens to enjoy.

More on Buddy’s here.

Pares Tendon by Pares Retiro

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

The flavorful slow-braised beef dish paired with garlic fried rice made even more awesome with the addition of melt-in-your-mouth pieces of litid (tendon).

More on Pares Retiro here.

Tomarrow Never Dies by Recovery Food

Recovery Food, SM Megamall

Feeling fearless? Then check out this dish made with roasted bone marrow topped with roasted garlic and served sizzling with rice and juicy morsels of beef.

More on Recovery Food here.

Kesong Puti Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Almusal Cafe

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

This is a fancy take on the kesong puti (soft and un-aged white cheese made from carabao’s milk) which is partnered with sundried tomato pesto on sourdough bread and served with potato crisps on the side.

More on Almusal Cafe here.

Tres Leches Halo Halo by Ombu Kusina

Ombu Kusina, Tomas Morato

Cool down and chill out with this refreshing summer fave: crushed ice flavored with three kinds if milk and topped with a rich and creamy slice of leche flan.

More on Ombu Kusina here.

Looking for more reasons to order in?

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Adsilog by Sinangag Express

Sinangag Express Eastwood

Waking up to the smell of garlic rice partnered with flaked pork adobo and fried egg will surely give you a great start for the day.

More on Sinangag Express here.

Litson Manok by Andoks

Andok’s, Tagaytay

Whether as ulam or pulutan, the tender, juicy and smokey goodness of litson manok is a welcome addition to the dinner table.

More on Andoks here.

Ensaimada by Cafe Mary Grace

Cafe Mary Grace, SM East Ortigas

Made with 100% real butter and eggs as well as topped with grated Edam cheese, these soft and fluffy pastries have that combination of sweet and salty flavors we Pinoys so adore with a premium and delicate mouthfeel.

More on Cafe Mary Grace here.

So let’s all dig in to our rich culinary heritage and show our pride for lutong-Pinoy by ordering our faves and fresh finds via GrabFood!

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About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

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Sarap ka-pares from Pares Retiro

What can I say?

After I realized I could just have my fam’s faves from Pares Retiro delivered to my home, I just can’t get enough of it.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Truth be told: I haven’t eaten at a Pares Retiro outlet yet. All my encounters with its much-vaunted pares offerings were all through delivery: the first one was at work when my officemate and I ordered from the Pares Retiro branch in Tomas Morato via LalaFood, and the succeeding ones after the pandemic hit when its offerings became available in our neck of the woods via GrabFood’s Long Distance Delivery.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

In fact, our orders don’t really stray from our tried and tested favorites:

Classic Pares Meal (Php223). Pairing slow-braised, tender beef pares with garlic fried rice is surely a stroke of genius. The result is a delicious dynamic between sweet and savory that we Pinoys go crazy over.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Tendon Meal (Php217). What will make the classic pares dish made even more irresistible? Well, the addition of melt-in-your-mouth pieces of litid, that’s what! Those chunks of imported US beef tendon just adds flavor and texture to the dish.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

It’s a rare occasion when my entire family all wholeheartedly agree on the merits of a particular dish or restaurant, but Pares Retiro’s Classic Pares and Pares Tendon Meals have more than earned that distinction.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Now, if only they will open a branch nearer to our home so I won’t have to pay as much for delivery!

Pares Retiro, Cubao

This Pares Retiro branch is located at SM Hypermarket, EDSA Corner Main Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, open daily from 9am to 6pm. Pares Retiro delivers via GrabFood, LalaFood and via Pares Retiro’s website.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

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Pares Retiro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Comfort food delivery from Pares Retiro, P. Tuazon

Lately, we’ve been craving for comfort food, right?

Now more than ever, we’re looking for that feeling of well-being and fullness that comfort food brings.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

An example of Pinoy comfort food that I was happy to rediscover is beef pares. This dish is braised beef stewed in a savory-sweet sauce and served with garlic fried rice, making winning combo indeed!

For me, the benchmark for beef pares is the one I tasted prior to the quarantine, when my officemate and I had our lunch delivered from the Pares Retiro near our office. I guess that’s why this resto chain was dubbed the best pares in town. I get cravings for it sometimes since then.

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

However, I’ve been stuck at home for the past few months and the nearest Pare Retiro is too far for delivery.

That is, until GrabFood made Pares Retiro in P. Tuazon available for long-distance delivery. Yey!

I found out about it when Hubby gave in to his late-night cravings and had some beef pares and bone marrow delivered for us to devour in between episodes of the K-drama we’re bingeing on.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

(Spoiler Alert: they were gone in mere minutes that I haven’t been able to take decent pictures!)

That late-night taste intensified my craving for the dish again so I decided to order from Pares Retiro via GrabFood for our dinner.

Tonight, the kiddos and I feasted on:

Classic Pares Meal (Php208). That winning tamdem of beed pares and garlic fried rice. The slow-braised meat is fork-tender and the sauce has the right dynamic between sweet and savory that goes so well with the garlic fried rice.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Tendon Meal (Php214). The classic pares dish made even more irresistible with the addition of melt-in-your-mouth pieces of imported US beef tendon that adds flavor and texture to the dish.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Bone Marrow (Php189). Roasted bone marrow flavored with herbs and spices. Add a bit of bone marrow to each bite of pares and rice and you’ll see why the fam and I got obsessed with it. I only wish there was more of it.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

These dishes are not high-brow nor elaborate. Instead, they are simple dishes that give us comfort especially during these trying times.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

This Pares Retiro branch is located at P. Tuazon Corner 17th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City. It delivers via GrabFood, LalaFood, FoodPanda and Pares Retiro’s website.

Pares Retiro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Lunch delivery from Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato via LalaFood

Before the community quarantine and the need to isolate ourselves in our homes began, I’m glad I was able to try something that will surely be a blessing in the days ahead.

LalaFood is a food delivery app that guarantees delivery of food orders within forty-five minutes or less with no minimum order required. (Note: Since the community quarantine was implemented, LalaFood has adjusted its delivery times in light of the increased demand for food delivery and its skeletal crew of riders.)

One busy workday, my friend and I could not find the time to get out of the office for our #HappyLunch. Not wanting to limit ourselves to the choices available in our office building’s food court, we grabbed our phones to look at the options available through the LalaFood App.

As luck would have it, one of the restos that deliver via LalaFood is the Pares Retiro branch nearby. Wanting a taste of Pinoy comfort food, we ordered ourselves variations of Beef Pares.

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

This dish is basically braised beef stew paired with garlic fried rice (hence the name pares) and usually served with clear soup. The beef cubes are simmered in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar and other spices, resulting in tender meat and flavorful sauce that go so well with the garlic rice.

My friend ordered the Classic Pares (Php155) while I got myself a Pares Tendon (Php165), which is basically beef pares made even better with the addition of tender litid (tendon) that seems to melt into the sauce and provide a contrast in texture to the beef and rice with every mouthful.

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

I even got myself a can of Sarsi from the Ministop store across the street to complete my meal.

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

We ate our comfort food bounty at our desks, not exactly the way I’d like to enjoy my food, but at least I had some time to eat and get ready for my meetings after our midday break.

All things considered, I’d say it was still a happy lunch. Wouldn’t you?

This meal was ordered from the Pares Retiro branch located at 205 Tomas Avenue, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City via LalaFood. Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53.

Other Pares Retiro branches are located at:

  • P. Tuazon corner 17th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
  • SM Hypermarket, EDSA corner Main Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
  • 344 Visayas corner Congressional Avenue, Pasong Tamp, Tandang Sora, Quezon City
  • Food Court, Fourth Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Pares Retiro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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