I’ve been reading a lot of raves about Cue Modern Barbecue at Bonifacio High Street Central and it’s been at the top of my go-to list ever since. Last Saturday we did a quick food trip around the area, had dinner at ‘Cue and tried a couple of stuff.
Their complimentary appetizer was popcorn, a bit on the spicy side and it really worked in revving up our appetite.
STRIKE 1: We decided to eat at their al fresco dining area and to my disappointment their waiters were a bit of a snob. Like hello?! We’re not bystanders here, we actually waited a while to get the menu and place our order, which is just below par.
STRIKE 2: Since we went to ‘Cue for dinner, we noticed that it’s getting dark and the lights outside the restaurant still weren’t turned on. So we called the waiter and raised our concern, I’ve dined in dim lighted restaurants but dining in blinding darkness was a different thing right? And to my dismay when we asked the waiter, he seemed a bit disoriented, like he didn’t know what to do and gave us this irritating puzzled look. He gave us this lousy alibi that the lights would be turned on automatically and they had no control over it, then we suggested that he lit one of those candle lighted lamps they have and bring one at our table. So we were in a bad mood before the dinner was served.
When I saw the menu though, I knew I was at the right place. The menu consisted of awesome stuff that would make a meat lover’s heart jump. We had a hard time in deciding what to order because all of the items of the menu looks good and awesome and frankly we’d love to try them all 😀
Roasted corn salsa, flour tortillas, sweet and spicy salsa verde.
We tried their Bone Marrow and Steak Tacos and it was awesome! Beautifully cooked tender pieces of steak served with the bone and marrow. Each piece of meat was packed with awesome flavors, the bone marrow provided this rich and amazing boost in flavor and the sweet and spicy salsa verde was a good match for it.
House-made bourbon cream, mushrooms, parmesan.
Their take on one of my favorite pasta dish did not disappoint. The bourbon cream based sauce was wonderful and the smoked bacon was cured beautifully providing an awesome contrast in both flavor and texture.
Pulled beef, pork, tomato, and a bit of cream.
Their BBQ’d Brisket Ragu was good. Generous shreds of pulled pork and beef. The hint of cream in the pasta sauce makes for anice rich and creamy flavor. Enveloped with its awesome sauce the pasta bits were cooked al dente just the way I liked it. I consider this meaty pasta dish a must-try.
Slow baked then BBQ’d | WET | House-made bbq glaze
We also got their Baby Back Ribs that’s categorized under their ‘the chopping board’ line of menu items, it’s good for sharing and is served with a choice of their house-made side or staple. For the side dish of the ribs we got their oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower baked casserole. The ribs were nicely cooked almost fall of the bone. Packed with flavors their slow baked and barbecued baby back ribs won us over at first bite. Our choice of side the broccoli and cauliflower baked casserole was nice too. Filled with cream and cheese, it was one of the few veggie dishes that I really enjoyed.
Dark ale-braised then slightly charred | mustard crusted with roasted onions
Their beef belly was AWESOME! This braised and slightly charred piece of meat was beautifully cooked; it’s tender and packed with flavor. It was love at first bite for me and we gladly feasted on this one and I was in utter bliss. It had decent meat to fat ratio and it was really, really good! This one’s a definite must-try! We got their Bacon Jalapeno Corn Bread for our choice of their house-made side and it was good too. I’m a firm believer that everything is better with bacon and this one’s a good example. The bits of bacon at the center of the corn bread were nice and gave it a more interesting flavor, and we really liked the hint of spiciness from the jalapeno.
We didn’t have desserts at ‘Cue because we were itching to try this new pastry shop; Chez Karine Bakery that’s situated a few blocks away from BHS Central. (Chez Karine Bakery post soon on HF :D)
VERDICT:Our dinner at ‘Cue would’ve been perfect but the substandard service we experienced before the food was served was really, really disappointing. This place would easily be my new favorite restaurant with the good food and ambiance, but the service was a bit concerning. Though we really enjoyed munching on the food we got and it really made up for the incompetence in service that we experienced. I would definitely go back and dine at this place for their awesome food and I really hope they get this crappy service issue solved by then.
VALUE FOR MONEY: The menu items were a bit on the pricey side, but the food is awesome and is really worth every penny.