Tagala Chicken Butterfly
Hole in the wall

Tagala: consistently good fried chicken

By on March 4, 2018

My usual order at Tagala Chicken Butterfly consists of two chicken thighs, four pusô  (hanging rice) and a bottle of Mountain Dew.

I rarely deviate from that set meal but during a random afternoon last year, the juicier thigh was not yet available. I settled for the leaner breast cut instead. I then added two ngohiong pieces which I think is a welcome addition to their mostly chicken options.

Tagala Chicken Butterfly - thigh

I am a thigh person. 🙂

It was an hour past noon but their branch near Cebu Doctors was still packed with students, medical representatives and everyone else in between. I managed to secure an empty table, proceeded to wash my hands and on my way back, retrieved two tiny saucers for their signature dips (original and spicy).

While others come here for these sauces or even the free crumbs (leftover batter), what I really celebrate about Tagala is their consistency. The breast that I had was remarkably juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, just like the many, many other thigh parts I’ve been ordering here. It has always been cooked in this manner ever since, maybe even way back to the time when it first opened between 1999 and 2000.

Tagala Chicken Butterfly - breast and ngohiong

Tagala’s breast is not bad at all. I won’t mind ordering this again.

I don’t care much about a restaurant’s interiors but I did notice that Tagala finally repainted its walls. Plastered on one side was a basic menu and printed at its bottom portion were various contact numbers and their social media accounts.

This was then how I learned the story behind the restaurant’s name. I asked them via Facebook and one of the owners shared that they named the eatery after their mother who is of Tagalog (thus ‘tagala‘) descent. He added that they are indeed introducing new items (that ngohiong is one) in the menu and penetrating new markets (pop-ups for special events, bazaars).


I like that even hole-in-the-wall places like Tagala have adapted to the changing times by establishing their presence in social media for example. This will allow them to connect with their loyal patrons and engage the younger generation too.

Having said that, this little chicken eatery will definitely be here to stay for a long, long time.


Tagala Chicken Butterfly
Don Jose Avila St
Cebu City

other branches at: USJR, USC-TC and Arlington Pond

+63 32 261 5900
+63 32 261 7155
+63 9192445025

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    March 7, 2018

    Thank you sir Brennan for visiting Tagala. This is such an inspirational read. We are pleased to know that Tagala continue to give It’s clients the satiety they deserve. We will continue to strive harder in satisfying our clients’ pallate. This article is indeed one of our motivation to aim further. From everyone in Tagala, we wish you all the best sir Brennan.


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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