Now Grilling: Smokin Hot Bar BQ at Greenbelt

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.

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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.

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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.

Smoking Hot Bar BQ Menu: Bar BQ & Roast, Starters, Hearty Salads, Simmering Soups, Fiesta Favorites, Fiesta Favorites (Cont.)  Rice Reloaded, Thirst Quenchers, Bar List, All-Filipino Desserts

Pako Salad (P135)
Pako Salad (P135)

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.

Ensaladang Mangga (P85)
Ensaladang Mangga (P85)

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.

Kohol sa Gata (215)
Kohol sa Gata (215)
Kohol sa Gata (215)
Kohol sa Gata (215)

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.

Pork Sisig Wraps (P225)
Pork Sisig Wraps (P225)

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.

Grilled Pig Ears (P265)
Grilled Pig Ears (P265)
Grilled Pig Ears (P265)
Grilled Pig Ears (P265)

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.

Dulong Rice (195)
Dulong Rice (195)

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.

Aligue Rice (P155)
Aligue Rice (P155)

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.

Black Rice (P165)
Black Rice (P165)

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.

Crispy Bacon Belly (P220)
Crispy Bacon Belly (P220)
Crispy Bacon Belly (P220)
Crispy Bacon Belly (P220)

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 BarBQ (P220)
Pork BarBQ (P220)
Pork BarBQ (P220)
Pork BarBQ (P220)

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.

Smokin' BarBQ Chicken (P675 - Whole | P365 - Half | P225 - Quarter)
Smokin‘ BarBQ Chicken (P675 – Whole | P365 – Half | P225 – Quarter)
Smokin' BarBQ Chicken (P675 - Whole | P365 - Half | P225 - Quarter)
Smokin‘ BarBQ Chicken (P675 – Whole | P365 – Half | P225 – Quarter)

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.

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We also tried some soup dishes, hearty soup that’s comforting. We tried their Bulalo and Sinampalukang Manok.

Bulalo (P445)
Bulalo (P445)

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.

Sinampalukang Manok (P260)
Sinampalukang Manok (P260)

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.

Biko (P195)
Biko (P195)
Biko (P195)
Biko (P195)

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.

Turon 2.0 (P175)
Turon 2.0 (P175)

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.

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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.

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Smokin Hot Bar BQ, Greenbelt

3/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St
Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 729-7431 to 32
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10 thoughts on “Now Grilling: Smokin Hot Bar BQ at Greenbelt”

  1. wow! pwede na! the ambience is quite surprising when in fact they are offering Filipino cuisine. I see no brown or native color. The food has its generous servings also. A must-visit!

  2. When I’m in Manila I always make it a point to go to Greenbelt for a stroll. My mouth watered when I saw the Kuhol sa Gata and the Pako Salad, these are the food that seldomly serve during meal because it’s not always available or the helper doesn’t know how to cook them. I will definitely look for this place, they definitely place Filipino dishes to the highest level. With their presentation they made our food sosyal looking and as you described it, it’s sinfully good =)

  3. We tried out this new resto earlier at Greenbelt 3 for dinner and our experience went from good to bad…then further down worst.

    We ordered for a Smokin’ BBQ Chicken, Tinolang Manok, Inihaw na Liempo, Pinakbet, Dinuguan, Sisig Rice, Adobong Pusit, Sisig, Steamed Rice, and other Beverages. It started good since our Beverages was quickly served to us…the rest is just waiting, then follow up then wait some more until we had enough and that’s just about it for service.

    It took them more than 30 minutes (with follow-up) for the Steamed Rice, Dinuguan, Inihaw na Liempo to come out. Then to our dismay it followed by the Tinolang Manok for another 10 minutes, and the Smoking BBQ Chicken for another 15 minutes, and we just have to cancel everything that followed due to the constant follow-ups and waiting time for them to complete our order. The funny thing about it is that other tables/customers that arrived after us are already finishing up their meals and asking for the bill while we’re still waiting for our Sisig Rice to arrive at our dinner table. Their so called “Premium” Iced Tea refills needs multiple requests just so your glass will be taken and filled…that’s pure bad service there.

    We then approached Ces Ramos their management trainee or as what we understand is their acting manager for that night. We asked our remaining orders to be cancelled due to unacceptable waiting time yet she still tried bargaining for a few more minutes of waiting time without giving us any reason for the delay. After settling the bill, there was not one apology coming from the establishment, not one single word uttered for the inconvenience they caused and for ruining our family dinner.

    The management should really think deeper on how to prioritize their customers.

    Note: Their Tinolang Manok tasted like chicken cubes that came from the supermarket. I don’t know about them but the real thing taste so much better than boiled chicken in flavoring cubes.

    1. Hello Rich, too bad you had an unpleasant dining experience at Smokin Hot BarBQ, I think they also have a textify service where you can send your feedback.

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