Wingman Collective, Makati

Team Aldous held its 4th year anniversary at Wingman Collective last October 7, 2017. Aldous Calubad, the man behind this group has always been active to try different food restaurants around the metro. Later, he realized that exploring restaurants would be more fun when he is around with people who also share the same interest.

With the power of the internet on this generation, everything comes easy. He was able to gather bloggers who are also strangers to one another yet, were able to become friends as the years went on. Some people come, some people go which I am quite guilty about since I’ve been MIA for some time, however fast forward today, we have reached Team Aldous on 4!

While we were waiting for the others to arrive, the waitstaff started serving us onion rings (P150) and the garlic parmesan curly twist fries (P175). I’m sure the garlic parmesan curly twist fries is the basket that was so in-demand at that time because of its binging flavor. A-must try!

onion rings
onion rings
garlic parmesan curly twist fries
garlic parmesan curly twist fries

Erik Waldie, the owner, along with the marketing manager, Benj, welcomed us that aimed to showcase the food they offer plus a quiz night to test out our memory.
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Erik hosted the quiz night perfectly mind-boggling but thanks to my teammates’ Joy and Tin for being so well-informed with the past and current events that we made to be in the second to the highest score!
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Quiz night is for FREE! It happens in Acacia Estates, Taguig every Thursday but as for this branch, the Collective, is still needed to be discussed when it should regularly happen. Meanwhile, we were munching these wings as we were answering the quiz.
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The Classic Buffalo Wings 6 pcs (P235) met my expectation on its sweet and tangy flavor.

HEADS UP! Every order comes with carrot sticks and ranch dip. Also, a dozen wings can be split into two flavors.wingman (5)-2048x2000

The Prairie Fire (P235) is also flavored like the buffalo wings but this time, the ranch dip is poured at the top and the spiciness can come from mild to extreme!
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The Moroccan Chermoula (P235) is an exotic spice blend of North African spices. It’s unique, I would say.wingman (9)-2048x2000

This one is called Hell Fire (P235) and yes, it was flaming when served to us. I love spicy food, to be honest, however I cannot stand the hot sensation in my mouth. Man, the spiciness of this one lasts long.

 

Here are their desserts but I was not able to try it because I was called to play beer pong. Anyway, here’s the picture of their dessert that is absolutely worth drooling.
The final part was capped by playing beer pong. You can play beer pong for FREE! Yes, they just want people to have a good time.
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I did not contribute too much score for this because I was having a hard time to shoot the ball (obviously in the photo) but Tin, my teammate was pretty good on this one. We were able to make it to the finals. 😀
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Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Serving: 4.5/5
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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Cu Chi, Poblacion, Makati

I can exactly remember the last time I tried to eat Vietnamese food, which was in the year 2014. The impression I had, I can honestly say, is still the same. Vietnamese food is a healthy cuisine in a way that young adults will surely appreciate. Cu Chi, a newly opened restaurant-bar located in the “nightlife” part of Makati, is surely one of the a-must visits when looking for an authentic Vietnamese food.
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Food

First served to us, bloggers, is Fresh Spring Rolls with Prawn (P195). Filled with crisp vegetables, a handful of rice vermicelli, and a peanut butter dipping, this appetizer is refreshing. Cu Chi (4)-2048x2000

Xiên nướng which is also known as “skewers” may look like the ordinary BBQ we used to have but the authenticity is very much present in the dish. Is it the lemongrass or the sesame oil that makes the taste distinct? I’m not quite sure but here’s the thing I am certain of – Vietnamese caramel sauce. Yes, that is the secret that the meat is glistening! Here are the pork and chicken variation.

Pork Skewers Cu Chi
Pork Skewers (P180)
Chicken Skewers Cu Chi
Chicken Skewers (P180)

The Pho Bo (P220) is a beef noodle soup and is said the national dish of Vietnam. I was totally impressed in the tenderness of the meat and the subtle flavor of the soup. It was also my first time to try flat rice noodles. Put the bean sprouts and the lettuce to complete the Vietnamese noodles experience.Cu Chi (9)-2048x2000Cu Chi (10)-2048x2000

The Bo Sot Vang or known as Vietnamese Beef Stew is like our very own kaldereta but comes in a flavor of star anise. The beef stew may be served with rice for P250 or with bread for P230. Cu Chi (20)-2048x2000

Drinks

Cu Chi Poblacion

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Cu Chi Mule (P250), as the color of the drink, suggests a ladies drink with a hint of watermelon flavor. Ladies in groups of 4 or more will receive a complimentary pitcher of this drink.
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The Cu Chi Cucumber Mojito (P220) is a mild one. With tons of leaves on this drink, it got me thinking that it’s a herbal drink, lol.
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The margarita (P180) has nothing special.
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The chocolate martini (P220) is pleasing as dessert.
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Come between 5pm and 10pm for Happy Hour and Buy 1 Take 1 on all of their signature cocktails! What a treat!

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Located on the second floor of a building, it was a little hard for me to get into the place. Just as the saying would say, look up to find the answer. On my case, I did this literally to find the place where should I be going. ^_^. The place is not airconditioned so I just find it quite hard to get drunk here if the weather was hot. However, the murals and the vibe did achieve the Viet feels. The serving is reasonable on its price and the taste is as good as authentic (according to the people I was with). The waitstaff are also friendly and attended our needs right away.

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

They also have a function area at the rooftop area that can cover up to 150 pax.
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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