Yep, you’ve read our title right! And we are not making an overstatement here. Yes, we know that there are great sisig versions especially the one that originated in Pampanga. Yet there is a Filipino restaurant that stands-out with their own version of the flavorful appetizer and meal, the Krispy Sisig by Dencio’s Bar and Grill.
Sisig, which literally means sisigan in Kapampangan, “to snack on something sour.” The ingredients usually includes grilled pig cheeks and ears sliced and chopped into bite-sized pieces, onion, liver, garlic, salt, pepper, green chili, and it varies from different region or places. The sisig that we came to know already evolved in many variants such as seafood sisig, tuna sisig, chicken sisig, and the rest goes on and on.
The modern day sisig history is credited to Aling Lucy (real name Lucia Cunanan) from Angeles, Pampanga. Since then a lot of new versions of the popular pork sisig came out.
Dencio’s Bar and Grill being a provincial-styled Pinoy restaurant, has their own brand and version of sisig ever since Dencio’s was built in 1991 by Dennis Nakpil.
23 years and counting
“Dencio’s was built under the premise of providing Filipinos with a place that is strictly local and original,” shared Dennis, who is currently a partner at three Dencio’s branches.
The old is new again
Now a member of the Max’s Group family of brands, Dencio’s recently unveiled a new store concept in their branch in Harbor Square at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
It looks and feels spacious, we mumbled to ourselves when we stepped in for the first time at Dencio’s Harbor Square branch. It is something more like a place where you can bring in more guests especially if you’re a balikbayan and you’re hosting a get-together or reunion of sorts with the relatives and friends.
What’s more interesting about this new concept is the game room where customers can enjoy good food and at the same time have fun throwing dart pins, hitting the bulls eye and probably winning bottles or even bucket of beers, for FREE!
“Dencio’s remains a beloved restaurant among Pinoys,” said Jim Fuentebella, Branding Director of Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI). “To stay top of mind, we refurbished the store’s look to better reflect the core values that built the brand. And we couldn’t do this without the help of its original founder.”
True to Fuentebella‘s words, Dencio’s branches have that Filipino ambiance that is noticeable as soon as you entered the restaurant. And what a perfect place that they’ve chosen the spot at Harbor Square. The view is astounding. The surrounding Manila Bay boardwalk gives a more fresher and appealing to customers visiting the place. Plus of course, if you happen to be there during sunset, Dencio’s is one of the place perfect for watching the sun goes down, a very romantic feel while dining in at Dencio’s.
“Being restaurateurs ourselves, we value brand authorship.” explained Jim. “Dencio’s already has an identity and it is a great one. We want to build on this, so it can focus on the things that it does best.”
Like what we’ve mentioned, Dencio’s stands-out with their own sisig, it is one of their best-sellers that keeps their customers form coming back.
We’ve tried their sisig and it’s really a winner. Perfect crispiness, not too oily, and you can really taste the goodness of every ingredients that were put together.
Aside from sisig and the sunset view, Dencio’s also a winner when it comes to their Crispy Pata. If you will remember, dear readers, we blogged about our favorite restaurants that offers the best crispy pata. Well, we are now including Dencio’s to that list!
Dencio’s is keeping up with what they already have and continues to make all of these truly satisfying and true to its taste.
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