Just as our church wasn’t our initial preference, so was the reception venue. We originally planned to hold the reception at the clubhouse of the condo where we live. However, we had only 2 weeks to prepare and a set budget. This means, catering, venue rental, and others will not work, not to mention our area is not the most accessible place for our guests.
While we were scouting for a church, we inquired at Congo Grille in MOA. Surprisingly, it fit our requirements! Food is definitely good (I’ve always liked their food), it is very accessible even to our relatives who live in Caloocan and Cavite, and they have event packages. So all we need to do was book, pick a package, and pay.
The event packages ranged from Php300 to Php380 per head with a choices of 5 or 10 persons per head. We picked Set C, Php330 per head for 10 persons per table.Here’s the menu list that we picked:
- Oriental spring rolls
- Pancit molo soup
- Grilled tuna belly
- Beef kare-kare
- Chicken sisig
- Congo bagnet
- Leche flan
The food was really good. I’ve always liked the food in Congo Grille and although I preferred their pork sisig, they chicken sisig was really yummy and ‘creamy’. The bagnet was also particularly crunchy and the tuna belly was a crowd fave. I am not ranting much about the molo soup (i find it salty but many guests liked it). Although I did not get a taste of the spring rolls, many said they find the ginger taste too strong. Overall, the guests left the happy and full. The servings were big and they served the food hot. Four stars.
Congo Grille in MOA had a mezzanine where they usually hold their events. However, we requested to have the event set on the ground floor because we had guests who were in a wheelchair and would have difficulty walking up or down the stairs. The mezzanine was spacier than the ground floor dining area. We were a bit cramped and there wasn’t any division from the tables in our event with other customers. The package also includes table centerpieces and a generic tarp. I did not like the generic tarp so hubby designed and printed our own. 3.5 stars.
Overall, food was good and it was reasonably priced with big servings. However, it is ideal for celebrations for adults. It would be good if they have specific packages for events like birthdays and christening and could’ve included cake and giveaways for the guests. Well, I guess Congo Grille isn’t joining the party venue bandwagon and would to stand on its own.
Nonetheless, I am satisfied. I mean in just 2 weeks we were able to prepare for our son’s baptism and pull it off quite modestly. And besides, like what I mentioned in an earlier blog, having our son baptized is more important the rest. All’s well’
Congo Grille contact details:
#1 Stanford Street, Barangay Socorro
Cubao, Quezon City
Tel. 913-5388For delivery and
contact our branches:
El Pueblo Real De Manila
638-3857 / 632-7649
West Gate Alabang, Muntinlupa
771-0085 / 468-4520
G/F SM Clarkfield, Pampanga
G/F SM Fairview – Annex
930-8874 / 9351485
SM MALL OF ASIA
G/F Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia
556-0108 / 556-0109SM SAN LAZARO
Felix Huerta Cor Lacson St.
Sta Cruz Manila
786-25-09/786-25-10SM SAN FERNANDO
GF, SM City San Fernando, Pampanga
Tomas Morato, corner Scout Limbaga
332-2194 / 332-2193