A place of familiar flavors with a creative take on our local favorites, Smokin Hot Bar BQ at Greenbelt 3, got my curiosity as it had two of my favorite things ever; grilled specialty on skewers and crispy bacon belly! It’s a new concept by the Bistro Group concentrating on Filipino cuisine, most of the dishes are homage to local specialties; tweaked in terms of presentation while retaining its familiar flavor.
Their signature grilled chicken, slow cooked then grilled; juicy and packed with awesome flavors and THAT CRISPY BACON BELLY! Crisp, flavorful bacon awesomeness with every bite.
It’s situated near the cinemas in Greenbelt 3 with a chic and modern ambiance with a spacious dining area and a decent al fresco space. Seeing the menu for the fist time got me really excited, lots of seemingly good stuff very promising selection of grilled dishes and some really promising sinful stuff that really got us excited.
Fresh pako salad, grated coconut, native white cheese and diced tomato, tossed in homemade vinaigrette.
A mesclun of interesting flavors and textures, creamy white cheese and grated coconut creating varying textures then you hit the fern leaves retaining this nice tinge of crunch to the bite.
Shredded green mangoes tossed in homemade shrimp paste, fresh tomatoes, and shredded leeks.
Sour green mangoes soft then you hit the distinct flavor from the bagoong, then the tomatoes, the combination of salty and tang leaves you wanting for more. I wish the green mango bits was more crunchy though.
Golden snails simmered in coconut milk and green curry, garnished with chopped chilies and lemongrass.
Their Kohol sa Gata was really good! Oh rich and flavorful broth, a combination of creamy coconut base and a nice hint of spiciness from the green curry, leaving you wanting for more. Then you eat the snails all those yummy goodness infused with the crustacean, deep flavor, almost earth-y and mushroom like, its really good.
Sizzling pork sisig served with grilled totilla bread.
One of the more sinful starter dish, oh flavorful sisig; crispy like chicharon (fried pork rind) with a nice hint of spice further titillating the taste buds, and you eat it with some warm flour tortillas that emits the faintest hint of smokey flavor, since it’s grilled.
Tender pork ears marinated grilled and basted with their special sauce.
Pig ears that’s really flavorful, soft and chewy then there’s also some toasted bits, crunchy to the bite, giving you a nice contrast in texture. Then you hit the chili giving a nice hint of spiciness that leaves you wanting for more, this very simple and flavorful dish will leave you wanting, wanting for more rice.
Then we move on to the entrees, but first tried a bunch of stuff from their rice selection.
Stir fried white rice with fried dulong fish, black beans, green mangoes, and leeks.
An awesome breakfast fried rice fix, white rice stir fried with flavorful, crispy dulong, with a lot of other stuff then there’s the black beans and mango giving a spike of sour flavor, balancing the taste of all the components.
Fried rice tossed with crab fat.
SINFUL! Fried rice tossed with rich crab fat ever so flavorful, really goes well with the other sinful stuff from the menu.
Rice cooked in squid ink and topped with crispy sisig.
This got raves from a lot of us, rice cooked with squid ink, giving a nice distinct flavor, then topped with sinful crispy sisig bits and some chili. A wonderful medley of rich flavor and varying textures, then the hint of spice will leave you wanting for more.
Bacon-cut pork belly fried to a crisp, served with cucumber salad.
BEHOLD! Their Crispy Bacon Belly! Oh bacon-cut pork belly bits fried to perfection, it’s served with some spices so you can tweak the flavor to your liking, fried pork belly ever so crispy, sinful, flavorful, and really, really good! Another dish that will definitely leave you wanting, for more rice. 😀
Pork skewers marinated in their house BarBQ sauce then grilled (2 Skewers)
Two big pork skewers; meaty, smokey and simply good. The meat had a nice tinge of sweetness to it, goes well with the ubiquitous selection of sauces and condiments. It has a decent meat-to-fat ratio too.
Roasted Chicken in their House BarBQ sauce.
Oh chicken that’s unbelievably tender and flavorful, marinated for a long time, slow cooked, baked until really tender then grilled. It’s really, really good, the meat was fork tender, then you hit the skin bits, crispy and flavorful with their BarBQ sauce, a secret blend of contrasting flavors, rich, sweet with a little hint of spice. Another more rice, more fun kind of dish.
We also tried some soup dishes, hearty soup that’s comforting. We tried their Bulalo and Sinampalukang Manok.
Slowly seemered beek shank and beef brisket.
Brisket and shank, succulent meat, slow cooked goodness. A comforting, warm broth then you hit the really tender meat and the bone marrow that’s ridiculously rich and flavorful. It’s sinfully good! Familiar flavors that would appeal to a lot of people.
Chicken drummettes simmered in sampaloc leaves and ginger.
Their Sinampalukang Manok was really good too, tender chicken drummettes on a sour and bright comforting broth. A broth that’s sour and rich but not cloying.
Sticky rice served with chocolate soil and white latik.
A good sweet tooth treat, their biko is served with a nice sweet white latik and some little chocolate bits that had the faintest bit of crunch to it. It’s not too sweet with some nice texture to the bite, it’s very good with a warm cup of tea.
Banana Ice Cream with banana campote on homemade caramelized cones.
Their Turon 2.0 is a stroke of genious, it’s very simple yet very good and addicting. First is the banana ice cream, with subtle flavors, then you hit the banana campote, tender and almost chewy, then there’s the caramelized cones, caramel candy-like stuff that’s sweet and sticky with a nice tinge of crunch to the bite. Familiar flavors, a wonderful creative take on a classic.
VERDICT: Smokin Hot Bar BQ takes pride on their sinful grilled stuff and playful take on local favorites. I really liked the sinful stuff here and I’m definitely going back for more. Have my eyes on that Crispy Maskara next time 🙂
VALUE FOR MONEY: The prices were surprisingly affordable, very good value for money.
Smokin Hot Bar BQ, Greenbelt
3/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St
Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 729-7431 to 32