As a young girl in the Philippines, Potenciana Mallory was always in the kitchen helping her mom and dreaming of the day she’d have a kitchen of her own.
“In my generation, you always help your mom whether you like it or not,” Mallory said.
Lucky for her, she liked it. Mallory opened Pinoy Grill at 204 Galvin Road N., about a month ago, and is excited to share her Filipino heritage with the Bellevue community.
Pinoy Grill serves a variety of traditional Filipino dishes including tocino chicken, sweet cured chicken slices and sisig, minced pork with chopped onions and peppers and seasoned with chicken liver.
At Pinoy Grill, Mallory is the main cook.
“Cooking is my passion,” she said.
While the menu features an array of options, bistek, thinly sliced marinated beef in a lemon-soy sauce, and lumpia, Filipino egg rolls, are crowd favorites.
Those items can usually be found on the daily lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. However, Mallory said she likes to change the menu so her customers can sample different dishes.
Aside from the buffet, customers can also order specific entrees off the menu.
Mallory said she is proud to say that Pinoy Grill serves only the freshest of food.
“We cook our food from scratch,” she said. “It takes a lot to cook our food.”
For now, the restaurant hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Though hours extend only through lunch, Mallory said she wants her restaurant to be a hub for parties and special events.
Pinoy Grill is equipped with a dance floor and karaoke system that can fit a maximum of 315 people.
“A Filipino restaurant is not a restaurant if there is no karaoke,” Mallory said. “They go hand in hand when it comes to Filipino culture.”
No matter if it’s at a private event or in the middle of lunch, anyone can sing.
“Even I sing,” she said.
Pinoy Grill also has a room that can hold 50 people for private parties.
For special events and reservations made two days in advance, customers can order a boodle fight which is a traditional spread of stuffed squid, daing na bangas, egg rolls, pancit, lechon kawali, shrimp, tilapia, mangoes and tomatoes served on banana leaves.
Mallory said she is excited to host parties and encourages people to make reservations for any occasion.
So far, Mallory said, the community has been welcoming.
“It’s amazing to me,” she said. “People are always willing to try different things.”
To make reservations or to book an event, call Pinoy Grill at 531-365-0316.