Jay J’s Inasal – Answers the Craving for Ilonggo Chicken Inasal


If I am craving for an authentic Illongo chicken inasal (Grilled Chicken Ilonggo Style,) one of the restaurants here in Manila that would always pop up in my mind is Jay J’s Inasal and Kare-kare.

Amidst the many Inasal outlets that sprout in the Metro and promise authentic Ilonggo chicken inasal flavor, very few seems authentic and for me, Jay J’s is one of the few.

I think the flavor  of inasal shows up when the chicken is marinated in a mixture of lime, pepper, vinegar and annato, and then grilled over hot coals while basted with the marinade.

A common dish in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, Inasal is a specialty barbecue in Iloilo and in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Although Iloilo style is a little sweet while Bacolod style more on sour, Jay J’s nailed it based on the latter.

Jay-J’s Inasal and Kare-kare Tiendisitas

I discovered its newly opened branch in Tiendisitas in Ortigas Pasig one time when we passed by the area. It’s a relief because I felt sad when I learned that its branch in Home Depo Ortigas was closed, although temporarily, since it promises to re-open again for business after the renovation of that complex. There was a time my family and relatives would always dine in that branch.

Chicken Inasal

Jay J’s Inasal Company profile shows that it stands for  4M’s: Masarap,   Mura,  Malinis,  Maganda. I pretty much think that the outlet has so far lived up to these guiding principles. But for me when I think of Jay J’s Inasal, comfort food always come into my mind.

Sinigang na Baka

Crispy Chicken Skin

Angus Beef Tapa

Apart from inasal, the outlet also serves Filipinos comfort dishes like “sinigang, nilaga or bulalong baka” or sinigang sa miso. My favorite “pampabata” dishes like crispy chicken skin, crispy tadyang and grilled “isol” chicken buttom are also available. It also offers “Fiesta” Meals which are variety set meals for the whole family. My son’s  favorite is a whole day breakfast Angus beef tapa meal with scrambled eggs, garlic rice and atchara.

More Photos of Jay-J’s Inasal here

I am sure its Tiendisitas branch will always be in my list the next time a craving for Inasal strikes, especially since Tiendisitas is now renovated and airconditioned. Jay J’s Inasal also features live acoustic band in the evenings.  And so, it looks like my next suggested venue for the next meet-up with my friend is going to happen in this place.

Jay-J’s Inasal Branches: Timog Quezon City, Metrowalk, Ortigas, SM Fairview and Tiendisitas

Jay-j’s Inasal Official website here

3352 Total Views 1 Views Today
Tagged with:     , , ,

About the author /

Kit is a self-taught photographer who possesses an insatiable desire to capture and freeze through his lens remarkable moments that revolve around travel, food, sports and special events. A registered nurse by profession, Kit traces back his passion for visual media when his camera has become his constant companion to his various medical missions and travels. His photographic works can be viewed at the TheSideTripper.com and Imahe.net, website he established that feature collections of photographs and blogs about the many travel and food tripping adventures of his family and friends. He also undertakes freelance assignments for online and print publications, most recently at Motorcycle Magazine where he is a contributor. He may be reached at admin@thesidetripper.com.

Related Articles


    The Side Tripper

    “Make sure you don’t take any side trips,” warns Schumler, from a phrase in the 1993 American film Swing Kids. If you are someone who does not have time to lose, then it is better for you to stick to your main agenda, because there is something about side tripping that submerges the soul in experiences that sometimes make you hope that time would stand still, as the experiences they bring can be more impactful than the main trip itself. It is that free flowing agenda, an unexpected sleepover or a detour that has unintentionally brought pleasant surprises. You can live without it, like you can eat a cake without its icing, but your journey may not be as meaningful. If travel is the ‘best medicine for the heart’,* then for me, side trips are secret ingredients to the most memorable travels and other events that can happen in between or off the main route of one’s itineraries. Welcome to Side Tripper, a collection of photographs and blogs about the many side trip adventures of our family and friends. *Source: The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association (Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2013 by Chris Erskine)

    Follow us on Facebook!