KAPITOLYO EATS | Pitmaster’s Smokehouse

KAPITOLYO EATS | Pitmaster’s Smokehouse

As much as I love my quality, dining out, alone time with my husband, I get excited on the prospect of having company for dinner. I don’t mean people who are on a diet. I mean food people. Food people who love to eat. Food people who love to eat and are very very hungry.

Because it means I can order everything.

Dining out with my husband is limiting. I am sure it’s not as shocking a fact now, but I have a much larger appetite than his. But even my tummy can only eat so much. And I hate wasting food. So everytime we eat out, I only get to choose 2 entrees at most, one if we’re having an appetizer. If I like the place, I will just be content in looking forward to another visit so I can try their other stuff.

But then there are a million new restaurants to try. So good luck with that next visit. And If ever that comes around, if I like a certain food, I’ll most likely get that again. I am a creature of habit.

One sunday, after a very adulting afternoon accompanying Tessa to site visits for a potential home in the foreseeable future, we found ourselves in Kapitolyo. Condo hopping can get very tiresome, and we were hungry. We want meat and we want rice. Kapitolyo has a ridiculous amount of options, but I know exactly where to go.

I enjoyed my first visit at Pitmaster’s Smokehouse. They were relatively new in the area then and curiosity led me to their door during their soft run. The meat from their smoked ribs falls off the bones. It was tender, juicy and delicious. And it was massive. A rib would be enough to satisfy me. And I like my ribs! Jr and I enjoyed it so much we tried it twice. A third visit was not out of the question.

And then I found out they burned down. Sad.

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But good thing they didn’t give up. Recently, I learned that they re-opened. We were in the area, we were hungry, and they want meat. I’ll give us meat.

Pitmaster's Smokehouse - Pulled Pork Roll

We ordered a couple of Elotes, shredded, and Pulled Pork Roll with Kesong Puti for appetizers. I took a quick bite off Jr’s piece and thought it was good. I didn’t have a whole roll because I didn’t like it. I didn’t take a roll because I was saving space for The Pit Platter.

Pitmaster's Smokehouse - The Pit Platter

The Pit platter is a full size sampler of every barbecued dish they were offering. And I want my hungry friends (and me, of course) to have everything. We got to try the Pitmaster’s smoked ribs, Black Angus Brisket, Smoked Bacon Strips and Smoked Corriander Chicken, which we got 4 servings of because they didn’t have the sausage (we didn’t mind). It was the same ribs as I remembered when they first opened. The chicken too was as juicy and tender. The bacon and angus were great fillers for the platter but if you’re ordering it ala cart, you can skip them. The ribs and chicken will be enough. Nevertheless, we destroyed it. And we still have room for dessert.

Friends are great.


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

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KAPITOLYO EATS | Bagneto

KAPITOLYO EATS | Bagneto

I love going to food parks. Very much like in my happy place, which is any mall food court, there are a ton of options to choose from. You can eat a meal everyday for a month in SM Megamall for instance and never eat the same meal twice. But unlike food courts, food parks, especially the new ones popping up, offer a more curated choice of meal. Whereas in a food court where you would most likely find a whole wall offering the two viand, one rice and free iced tea combo meals, food parks are less generic, and more thematic — and more instagrammable. I mean, who would like to instagram your kare-kare and bopis combo meal, but that pretty, overindulgent milkshake is what instagram stories are made for.

But although a good food park offers a ton of options, I am nothing if not predictable. Sure, I may scout the whole damn place for something new and interesting, but when it comes to decision time, the selection may be overwhelming but I will always choose bagnet.

Because in a good food park, somebody’s always cooking bagnet.

I’ve been to Gastropark in Kapitolyo a number of times. The choices are on the fewer side compare to other millenial box parks, but then choices don’t matter if I’ll just make a beeline to Bagneto.

To my defense, when I reach Bagneto, I mix it up. I’ve ordered in in

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Bagneto
Gastropark, Barrio Kapitolyo
Pasig City

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VIDEO | Vlog #002 – Pinaka chix na Milkshake ever

VIDEO | Vlog #002 – Pinaka chix na Milkshake ever

Some days nothing happens. Some days, they happen all at once.

On this vlog, Jr and I started our day at Rapha Health Clinic from some bloodwork. To be honest, I still don’t know what it’s all for, and I doubt that we need it, but if Jr’s wants us to go, go we must.

After, I had to rush to Purple Oven to grab snacks for the Calligraphy Class at Kapitolyo 101. Chocolate Revel bars for everybody! And then I heard Tessa and Ron were in Ortigas so we had an impromptu early dinner at Diner on 16th, home of the most chix milkshake ever.

That’s the thing with meeting up with friends. You plan it and drawing. You drop by one another’s neighborhood unannounced and you just seize the opportunity.

Yehey. That’s 2 vlogs down.

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Kapitolyo Eats | Lee Hak Korean Restaurant

Kapitolyo Eats | Lee Hak Korean Restaurant

We have a three year long running goal in HQ to diet and lose weight so we could at least have a decent “meh” beach body when Summer Siren Festival comes. For the last two years, the beach body was left at home because of weeks of late nights and stress eating leading up to the event. But this year we started early. We decided we were going to finally get serious about it. We were going to eat clean… right after we finish the big bag of chocolates I brought home from the States. Nobody’s allowed to order fast food delivery… until one of us forgets to bring lunch and we start ordering mcflurries and choco hot fudge sundaes with fries at 3 pm. The diet will start on Monday, until Monday rolls around and we decide there’s always another Monday. You kinda know how all these ‘dieting’ would pan out…

Also, please consider that we work in Brgy. Kapitolyo. Sometimes, there’s a new restaurant we’d like to try. And sometimes, the old restaurant brings out a 299 lunch buffet you’d just be silly to ignore.

We are, after all, very weak human beings.

So when you read on a Viber chat that Lee Hak, this korean place we’d been wanting to try, had this huge promotional “come hither” tarp announcing unlimited buffet and samgyeopsal for lunch at 299 pesos, you just have to type ‘Yes, I’m in’. I don’t care if I have a packed lunch I actually prepared for that day. I can eat my lunch for dinner. I am flexible that way.

We came in at 12 pm and we’re one of the first groups to find a place at the buffet section at the second floor. We were 3 little girls, and I’m sure we’ll be out after an hour. I looked at the selection and thought, hmm, we might need more than an hour.

On top of the unlimited organic pork belly — raw and marinated — you can have somebody cook for you, there was a wide selection of cooked meals spread in a long center-island table. As if you can’t wait 10 minutes for the guy to cook your meat, there was grilled liempo already cooked on a serving plate, beside it, among others are lechon paksiw and chicken cordon bleu. There was the usual chapchae and other korean fare in the mix. You can make your own bibimbap on one end of the table, but on the other end, there was unlimited pork sinigang.

This buffet terribly lacked focus. But I am not complaining. I could actually work there for the rest of the afternoon because of the unli pork sinigang. Forget work from home. I’ll work from Lee Hak. And I know it shouldn’t even be the highlight of my meal since this is a korean restaurant, but the pork sinigang was decent and was the first one on the huge spread to bottom out. I was starting to get territorial about it and giving the evil eye to anyone who linger in front of it ‘too long’. Good thing, Lee Hak always tops it off. Yes, I was taking notes. On the sinigang.

We were chuckling by the amount of plates the waiter had to pile on top of one another and clear from the table when we asked for the bill an hour and a half later.

Kuya: “Ilan po ba kayong kumain?”
Me: “Kami lang tatlo.”
May nakikita ka bang hindi namin nakikita, kuya?

We were kinda uncertain and curious if everything we ate was just 299 pesos. I ate the whole amount of 299 pesos on sinigang na baboy alone. The waiter handed out the slip and we were billed as advertised. We sighed —and burped — in relief.

I was terribly concerned for their business about the pricing. But again, not complaining.

Lee Hak

 

 


Lee Hak Korean Restaurant
Pioneer Center Supermart
8006 Pioneer Street
Kapitolyo, Pasig City
025843279 / 639178579896
Hours: 11 AM to 3 PM, 5 PM to 11 PM

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Kapitolyo Eats | Locavore

Kapitolyo Eats | Locavore

To think that Locavore is in my work ‘hood — a good walking distance from the office — it still took me some time to consider trying it out. It’s hip, probably the most popular drinking hole in Kapitolyo. Heck, it was popular even before it was on KrisTv. I’m just very wary of restaurants that offers reinvented Filipino food. I mean, what’s wrong with Filipino food? Why mess with sinigang? If you’re going to offer me Filipino food, and you’re going to “mix it up”, you better do it good.

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And Locavore did a few things quite right. I love anything kinilaw so I appreciate they offer a platter, being able to try 3 in one sitting. I don’t think I had sigarilyas before. I think I’ve never even encountered sigarilyas before except when singing Bahay Kubo. But the gising gising was a lovely crunchy surprise. Although I had a beef with the ginataang kaldereta (see what I did there?) because there was more string beans than beef in the kaldereta you might as well call it ginataang kalderetang string beans, (pero french naman daw), what little beef it had was cooked well and the sauce was delicious. But the word of mouth suggests to never miss out on the sizzling sinigang. When messing with sinigang, Locavore did it right. This time, I agree with the wisdom of the crowd.

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I guess my only pet peeve in these types of restaurants is when they fry a couple of cheap street food, plate it for the hipsters (winkwink) and charge 180 pesos for it. It’s like hook, line, and sinker for the people who go to these places — people who in real, daily life call the fishball vendor’s sauce “Manong’s Sauce”. They will see fishball in the menu and they will order the fishball because maybe they just miss it, or maybe they think it’s ironically cool. Look, bruh, let’s tusok tusok this fishball. And just their luck, when I am in their company, I will remind them that 180 pesos can actually buy them 5 kilos of fishball. So maybe scratch that: I have nothing against the rethinking of Filipino food. It’s when you reinvent Filipino food that I can actually cook at home, and then charge me an unreasonable amount for it.

Yes, I am a party pooper when it’s called for.

 

 


Locavore
Brixton Technology Center, 10 Brixton Street
Kapitolyo, Pasig City

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