Inside the Balai Brunch by Cafeplus in A.S. Fortuna St. is Farooj, a charcoal chicken rotisserie with Middle Eastern flavors. The owner, Gino Ortiz, took inspiration at the flavorful Middle Eastern dishes and paired it with the classic lechon manok most Cebuanos know and love.
Gino uses nine spices — cumin, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, paprika and the rest are a secret — that are arduously rubbed through the entire chicken to ensure that every part is as flavorful as the rest. Even with the Middle Eastern spices, he still holds true to his Cebuano roots and cooks his chicken with lemongrass inside, like most of the local roasted chicken.
The chicken itself is appetizing, but it is elevated by Gino’s homemade sauces: Sahara, Farooj Special, Spicy Garlic and Garlic. Sahara is the spiciest among the four, while Farooj Special has a savory flavor.
Customers can also choose among three choices of sides: curry rice, cumin fries and pita bread.
Farooj's charcoal chicken with the four signature homemade sauces Garlic, Sahara, Spicy Garlic and Farooj Special
Tender and juicy Farooj whole chicken that's bathed in nine Middle Eastern spices. Dip each piece in any of Farooj's signature homemade sauces.
Pair your Farooj charcoal-grilled chicken with curry rice — aromatic and flavorful rice that complements well with the chicken.