Tuesday, April 4, 2017

First Bite: Sunrise Buckets

I’ve never been a chicken wings fan as I always feel that I get less for paying the same amount for a piece of chicken. I’d always go for breast or thigh as these parts have more meat. This is also the reason why I’ve never been interested to try Sunrise Buckets. But I guess I’m fated to dine here as this is one of the food stops of Food Hop 2017 by Zomato and The Grove by Rockwell.

Hello, Sunrise Buckets!
We were greeted by interiors in nautical theme and a retro looking open display chiller filled with various canned and bottled drinks.
The place is a bit dim giving it a slight pub ambiance which is much favored by its patrons who like to stay for some wings and a few drinks to pair it with.
We were treated to a bunch of dishes during our visit but since there wasn’t enough food for everyone, I wasn’t able to try all. But here are the ones I’ve tried:

Boneless Jack Daniel’s Wings (PHP275, single | PHP505, double | PHP735, triple | PHP955, bucket load)
This dish may not look photogenic and it may sound like it’s made for JD (that’s not Justin Dieber) fans but it was surprisingly palatable. Glazed with Jack Daniel sauce (sorry to be a party pooper but it’s non-alcoholic), it was something that I’d want with rice.  It would have been a lot better though if the white meat was a bit juicier.

Nachos Overload (PHP225) 
It felt like my plastic glove was made for this messy dish. I was pleasantly surprised with the generous serving of nachos and chili concarne. It is a must-order when you are with a big group of friends. With one or two orders of this, you are set for a long chat with them, sober or not.
Poutine Fries with Gravy

A refreshing way to enjoy your deep fried potatoes is by turning it Canadian. How? By topping it with light gravy sauce and cheese curds.
It may seem foreign to some (as it really is) but some of us have been doing the fries and gravy pairing even before we hit puberty. Remember KFC or Jollibee days where we dip everything (except sweets) in gravy?

Best to have a fork ready when indulging in this dish.

Chili Con Carne Fries
Yet another dish perfect for plastic gloves is this huge plate of Chili Con Carne Fries.  This love child of nachos and fries was delightful and great for sharing as well. Actually, one order of this is enough to make two foodies full or one foodie, uhm, really full. 
But you have to eat it fast as the melted cheese could make the fries very soggy and I only know very few friends who enjoy or prefer soggy fries.

Flavored Beer Shots
Not so fond of bitter beer but want to have a drink with your beer-loving friends? Fret not as Sunrise Buckets offers flavored beer that comes in different flavors. We were lucky to try caramel, mango, peach, raspberry and strawberry.
Though the shots got a bit of mixed reviews as some were reminded of cough medicine, I loved it! I could be a bit biased here though as I love gulping down my mini bottle of Robitussin.

Sunrise Original (PHP175, half pound | PHP315, one pound  | PHP675, two and half pound | PHP1,315, five pounds)
Sunrise Bucket’s signature dish was served last and we were all excited to take a bite.
Though not as crunchy as I thought, I loved that the meatwas juicy and flavorful. It was seasoned just right and would go well with any of the beverages Sunrise Buckets offers. 
Though I wasn’t able to try all dishes, the Sunrise Original bucket is good enough reason for me to head back for more. And try this pork dish with fried garlic I wasn't able to try during my visit. 
Sunrise Buckets is located at Ground Floor, The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City.

Sunrise Buckets Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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