Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ, Pasig

Lately, I keep setting foot in Kapitolyo. Given that this place is far from home and also far from where I work, there is a thing that makes me go here that is worth it – and that is food!

That night, we, bloggers are destined to go to the Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ. The exterior of the restaurant looks like the place where we would often see in American movies. Getting in, the color of the interior plays with black and brown that exudes luxury but worry not, the price of the meals they offer are reasonable.
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To start off our dinner, we sampled two appetizers on the menu.

If the diners want to begin their food that is tasty, try the Chicken Skin (145). An appetizer that is coated in honey sauce, it is great to pair with beer which I’ll be discussing as we proceed. I prefer chicken skin to be salty, though.
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The next appetizer looked like lumpiang shanghai but it’s actually a Pulled Pork (P200). Thick, full of stuffed shredded pork inside tossed in gochujang (Korean paste), it seemed like that there’s no air could come in this deep fried rolls! What makes this special is the kesong puti dipping!
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Salad

My apologies for the vegetarian and vegans but I am happy to their Pit Caesar Salad because it is topped with smoked bacon strips flavored with their homemade anchovy sauce.
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Pizza

The Truffle Pizza (P370) is of course made of truffles, bechamel sauce, and pecorino romano cheese while the Bacon and Mushroom (P370) is topped with smoked bacon, shiitake mushroom, cream cheese, and gremolata.
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The flavor of the pizza is a dash of salty and creamy taste, To be honest, the taste of these two pizzas are almost similar. The pizza comes in thin crust and it is crackery (crunchy?) but not toasted.

Smoked Meat

The next food I’m about to show is jaw-dropping as this platter showcases five of their smoked meats they offer good for four pax. So, here I present you this mouthwatering Pit Platter for P1,500.

The sausage with flavors of your choice: garlic & herb, sweet pepper, Thuringer, Bavarian smokies
The black Angus brisket that is 15-hour smoked.
The pork ribs that is 7-hour smoked.
The bacon strips that is homemade, 7-day cured and smoked.
The smoked coriander chicken with honey chili-garlic glaze and may choose if mild, hot, or magma.

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I like how their smoked meats taste. I am not sure about the method they used but I am certain that their sauce is delectable. Yes, it’s smoked but the taste is far from the usual BBQ flavors we are very familiar with like the sauce from the burgers, pizza, and etc.

On the other hand, the platter also gives you the option to choose four regular sides. The options are the following:
chimichurri rice
pepper rice
kimchi rice
garlic rice
plain rice
Adding sous vide egg for P25 is sulit! There is something magical with the doneness of their eggs.

These are some of the sides if you do not want to go for rice.
plain fries
kamote fries
slaw
corn cob
french beans
mashed sweet potatoes

See the difference of these two platters.

Moving forward, here are their pasta as premium sides.

The Truffle Pasta (P180) is creamy but not heavy. My friend, Shiela, said to pour the apple sauce to add more flavor.
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They have three sauces available which you have the liberty to savor it with any of their food!
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The 4 Cheese Mac & Cheese (P140) looks artificial since the color is bright yellow, almost like the color of a highlighter. However, we learned that the food coloring they used is turmeric! It’s natural after all. Adding the violet cabbage adds glam to this pasta. It has the right amount of cheesy goodness.
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Lastly, the Angus Meatballs Pasta (P180) may look ordinary but this one is my favorite! It’s a blend of the sourness of tomato but with a hint of sweetness, I would have devoured it all if it weren’t for the others who should also taste it. LOL!
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Alcohols

It amazed me when beers are flavored. Most of the people who are not really into drinking beer always have the same reason – it tastes bitter. Well, here comes the toasted marshmallow, brown sugar cinnamon, salted caramel, and hazelnut banana flavored beers! This Beer Paddle is P250 and since the toasted marshmallow is a premium beer, you would have to add P20 for it. I like the hazelnut banana and marshmallow! The brown sugar cinnamon is kinda weird but you may at least give it a try to explore new taste.
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They also offer cocktail drinks and we got to try Red Sangria that is brandy and red wine based and the White Sangria that has Bombay, Absolut, Jose Cuervo, Bacardi, and lime. To be honest, I like the White Sangria better and kinda shocked that this has more alcohol mix than the red one.
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The Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ has established its business just last year and it is surprising that there are a lot of diners coming in. This goes to show that the food they serve is delicious. Well, it is! I highly recommend the platter since you would get to try all of their smoked meats in one order. The place looks small from the outside, and it would make you think that the restaurant looks like a bungalow house. However, getting inside is actually spacious. The price is affordable and the serving is good enough to fill your tummy. This will be a roster of my recommended restaurant!
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Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

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Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ
64 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

One Plus Coffee, Circuit, Makati

While coffee shop is known as a place for meetings, the One Plus Coffee that is newly opened in the Circuit, Makati intended their place as a co-working space where the diners would expect hanging wires from the top for the laptops, long tables for the meetings, and free WiFi connection all for the convenience of the diners. I can say that the place is very helpful for the group studies of the students or for the corporate brainstorming of the professionals.
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One Plus Coffee only intended to offer drinks for the diners but they have decided to also offer food. Luckily, Aldous, Tin, and I got to try some of these last Wednesday while their menu is still in the process of updating.
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These Potato Chips looked really lovely. It looked like a big flower blossoming on our table. It comes in big chips, it looks thick but actually thin. It is crunchy and the saltiness is balanced right. I’m already satisfied on the chip itself even without the dipping. But hell, even the dipping is also great!
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The Szechuan Shrimp Balls looked like a dessert for me when I was taking a photo of it but I was surprised that it’s my favorite seafood I was munching in a form of balls. Given that Szechuan dishes are spicy, the One Plus Coffee’s dish did not give a dash of heat but a little tangy and sweet flavor. At first, I thought it was a chocolate sauce, but it is a balsamic sauce that gives magic to this dish.
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Chomping these wings gave me a sweet flavor beforehand, however, the spiciness gets to me after eating a piece of it. Here’s One Plus Sweet & Spicy Wings.
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Between the Caesar Salad and the Creamy Greek Salad, I like the latter. Maybe I was not really a fan of acidic sauce like that of Caesar. Plus, the Creamy Garlic Salad has a slice of cucumber that made me more to like it.

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Caesar Salad
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Creamy Greek Salad

The Aglio Olio did not fail to satisfy my hunger. Al dente pasta, the flavor of the garlic really went through, and the distinct taste of olive oil, there’s nothing to ask for more but wait…
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Here’s another pasta – Meaty Baked Lasagna. It’s good but not as sinful as I thought it was.
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As for the beverages, where One Plus Coffee is an expert of, there are few drinks that would definitely make you curious so to give you a preview, here are the zips I had.

If you like a drink that is not too strong, order Nutella Mocha. It is nutty and a little chocolatey.
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The Latte Macchiato has stronger taste compare to Thai Latte. Thai Latte is the one with whipped cream on top.

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Kiwi Lemonade. It’s acidic but luxurious.
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Alluring Strawberry Mocha. It’s not as sweet as I expected so I think this is better paired with a pastry or a slice of cake. 🙂
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One Plus Coffee has an innovative strategy since Makati as a business district, people surely seek a place where they can last longer that is conducive for finishing paper works, for studying or for a meeting. The ambiance of the place projects that concept so the by passers would surely note that it is a great coffee shop to linger whenever they have to in the future. The coffee shop is big, cozy, and well ventilated. I also like how they play with the colors of the furniture and the instagrammable frames on display. The serving for food is meant for small portions, considering the said “concept” but the drinks come in the regular size just like the other coffee shops. The staff is welcoming and joyful, which is a thing to expect for coffee shops. Truly, One Plus Coffee is the coffee shop the people can depend on whenever you need a table to rely on. Of course, you do order! 🙂
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Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4/5

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to post positive reviews.

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Salad Bowl, Molito, Alabang

I’m sure that we have over indulged ourselves sometimes with fatty, and oily food because of the comfort it gives. However, there are days when it feels like eating carbs makes us feel bloated, or there are days when we have woken up and decided to practice healthy eating diet (just for the day, lol). With this, salad is one of the food we can run to. Salad Bowl as its specialty that is located in Molito, Alabang can surely feed the hungry Southerners.
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It was raining hard when us, bloggers, got there. Travelling from the north (Quezon Ave), we know that the greens would never fail to fill our growling tummy. Well, we just eat everything LOL! So let’s get this started.
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Starters

Who would not know of the green local peppers coated of wrapper stuffed with cheese to become an appetizer? This street food is known as “dynamite” because of the exploding spiciness. On the other hand, the Sili Sticks (P150) of Salad Bowl is little to no spicy. The diners won’t have to worry if they have zero tolerance of the hot feeling.
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Because of the greatness of its presentation, it got hard for us to know if how should we be eating this dish. When we have sliced the tomato, it’s surprising that this is a smoked fish dish bathed in a light cream.  Smoked Fish Barrel (P199.50).
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Pasta

Layered. Whenever I see a food like this, I am starting to generalize that it’s a lasagna and I was not wrong. Eggplants, carrots, cream, cheese, meat, parsley surrounded with greens, the diners would not regret trying Vegetable Lasagna (P280).
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This pasta, Smoked Salmon Pasta (P295) is also cream-based but colored orange. Is it not because of tomato as an ingredient? On the other hand, the chunky salmon is love! It’s nice that even if the pasta is cream-based, it is not heavy. This is definitely healthy eating!
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Salad Bowls

The Barbecue Chicken Salad (P280) comes in stripped greens so while eating it, I was imagining that the greens is a pasta. The taste is delicious I almost forgot that it’s not a pasta!
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I like how they make the meat of  Japanese Chicken Corn Sesame Salad (P350) blends on its sweetness of the corn because the meat is salty.
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Wraps

If I were to choose, I like the Truffle Bacon, Beef and Cheese Wrap (P390) better because it is tastier. Maybe it has a secret sauce or probably it’s the cheese! There’s nothing wrong with Chicken Inasal Wrap (P260), it’s just that it’s very much leafy.

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Truffle Bacon, Beef and Cheese Wrap
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Chicken Inasal Wrap

Meat

The sauce of Chicken Arugula Pesto (P280) has a bitter taste but it’s a perfect pair for the smoky and peppery chicken.
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The Grass Fed Burger (P275) is a must try! This is sulit. It’s not greasy but satiated my appetite. The idea of “grass fed” made me think I was really going for healthy options when dining in here.
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The Grilled Beef Tomahawk (P4,000) is perfected in a way that we have fallen in love at first sight on this steak. This bad boy has an exemplary taste served medium rare. Potato wedges, grilled bell peppers and carrots, and the cabbage and arugula made this dish even more visually appealing.
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Happy birthday to Cohen who’s holding a cake from Salad Bowl! More years to come #vegetaBELLS
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The restaurant is inspired in shades of green and brown as a symbol of them serving healthy food fresh from the farm. Yes, Salad Bowl sources its produce from their own farm in Cavite. The food served does not come in small portioning so I can say that the price is very affordable. The taste is well-thought because of the balanced flavors. The diners can get full just by spending P250+. The place looks so spacious because of the high ceiling and the air con is working properly. The service is fast but has not really felt much of the presence of the staff. Lastly, I like that they still offer meat for giving consideration that the diners have different preferences of food and changing mood. 🙂 Hope they’d open in the north area!
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Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 4.5/5

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PS: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write positive reviews. Thanks to Louise for inviting!