Hole in the Wall: Bad Bird

As a pescatarian, sometimes it gets tricky to pick a place where choices of seafood and vegetables go abound. But if all else fails, I still choose to have my dose of chicken; as long as its meat isn’t red, then a cheat day or two is personally acceptable. (This is me trying to justify how I still cannot let go of the possibility of eating Jollibee Chickenjoy.)

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To celebrate my friend’s birthday, we went to Hole in the Wall in Makati. It’s an interesting take on Singapore’s hawker center — quite quaint, more refined, less noise, kind of like one big restaurant with tens of kitchens all around. Inside a mall, may I add.

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Lovely interior built for both big and small groups, with enough sunshine to get in while you dine.

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Some parts of the place are more intimate, with chairs and tables placed against walls and corners of the vicinity. Good enough if you prefer a bit more privacy.

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Garde Manger offers a twist on what is stereotyped as boring — salad! Adobo salad, sisig salad, watermelon salad, and more. I didn’t get to try any of it though.

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We tried a place called Bad Bird, which boasts of its Umami Fried Chicken. I got a plate of 2 pcs. chicken at safe level, with waffles on the side. My friends got themselves some rice and kimchi, with their chickens at spicy level.

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The chicken itself was surprisingly good. The seasoning didn’t do its name injustice; it really is umami chicken. They were not kidding with that, at least. The meat wasn’t dry, wasn’t too moist either, but not something that makes it less enjoyable to eat. I also love that the ‘plating’ is decent enough to take good photos of; the colors of the seasoning and everything else on top of the rustic newspaper makes it picture perfect!

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What surprised me here was that the pieces of fried chicken were bigger than I expected. (Look at the fork next to it!) I couldn’t finish both pieces, and I love chicken, so that’s saying something.

As for the waffle, it was a bit of a downer for me. They tasted like they just came straight out of a waffle maker that people have at home. It was a bit thick, doughy, and I had difficulty slicing it. The syrup and butter were the saving grace on that side of the plate.

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Is it worth visiting? Yes, it is. Bad waffles aside, it’s worth the money. The chicken alone is enjoyable. No wonder it’s called Bad Bird — it’s a sinful experience that will leave you craving for more of that flavor-coated cholesterol.

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