Fat Daddy's Smokehouse Opens 2nd Branch at UP Town Center

Everybody knows that a juicy rack of perfectly smoked ribs is hard to resist. What others do not know is that behind the fall-off-the-bone deliciousness are long hours of work spent to reach the most rewarding taste and tenderness it can get.

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse has perfected this meticulous process of cooking pork spare ribs from their years of being in the business. "Time and temperature are two things that we give much attention aside from the ingredients. All our pork spare ribs are cooked with the same, exact formula that's fail-proof – low and slow,"Chef Jasper Versoza shares.

For 10 straight hours, a rack of pork ribs is smoked with the right amount of heat. This allows the release of flavor in each layer of the meat without compromising its tenderness. Picking a good rack of pork ribs also matters. Its thickness should be even to ensure that all sides will be cooked on the same level. To enhance the taste, the smoked ribs are complemented with a barbecue sauce that gives a strong burst of flavors in every bite.

"Apart from the quality of meat and sauce, it's the entire process that brings the irresistible juiciness, moist, and flavor of our all-time favorite smoked ribs," Chef Jasper Versoza explains.

Meticulousness attention to detail, patience, and dedication are the true ingredients of perfectly smoked ribs. Chef Jasper adds, "Since our first branch, we have been devoting a huge amount of time to master this technique because everyone deserves a platter of pork ribs smoked to perfection.”

Fat Daddy's Smokehouse was a brainchild of Versoza siblings who have a hankering for all things smoked and grilled. This desire prompted them to establish a smokehouse that will satisfy the comfort food cravings of foodies in the metro. The result is a Southern USA-inspired smokehouse and barbeque restaurant that serves a rich array of smoked and grilled food choices, including pork ribs, smoked wings, smoked beef brisket, and other meat dishes.

Now, Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse has expanded with branches in Marikina and the one we got to try - UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue.

Buttermilk Fried Livers (P210)

I was never a fan of livers as I used to set it aside when it's included in dishes I order. However, that all changed when I got to sample the buttermilk fried livers. I really wish liver was served this way more often.

Jera's Ultimate Pulled Pork and Bacon Nachos Half (P330)

The most popular appetizer in the whole world has got to be nachos. It's prepared fast and it keeps you in check while waiting for the main courses. Their version made me a fan quickly since it's loaded with pulled pork, bacon and lots of cheese.

Pulled Pork Tacos (P230)

I love tacos and it was no secret how much I loved their pulled pork tacos. It contains smoked pulled pork, tomatoes and lots of cheese. I really have to applaud Chef Jasper for this dish as it instantly became one of my favorite tacos of all time.

Daddy's Burger (P350)

When you have smoked meat as the specialty, there's gotta be a burger right? HELL YES! I was excited like a kid getting his first candy when this was served it front of us. On my first bite, I found out the burger is juicy and tasty too.

Smoked Ribs and 3 pcs. Sausage

We finally got to sample their much talked about meat and I was really impressed. I could tell the meat was cooked to perfection before being served. They certainly take the quality of their meat seriously.

Mac & Cheese (P170)

Hot Mess (P170)

The Mac & Cheese and Hot Mess are two sidings that are PERFECT to go along with their smoked meats. They're so cheesy too and I'm sure nobody will complain about that. 

Chiquito's Grilled Corn (P135)

I've never tasted corn that's better than Chiquito's Grilled Corn. It was one of those rare times when I wanted to get my hands on the recipe.

Smoked Beef Brisket 200g (P550)

My favorite smoked meat here is without a doubt the beef brisket. I was addicted to it right from the first bite.

Caramel Popcorn Milkshake (P195)

Smokey Maple Bacon Milkshake (P195)

I'd seriously consider coming back to Fat Daddy's just for this milkshake alone. It's the first time I tasted a milkshake that contains bacon bits and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's combined with creamy vanilla ice cream.

Peach Cobbler (P250)

Bacon S'mores Dip (P250)

I've had S'mores before but never with bacon. I was never actually a fan of this chocolatey dish but it became a lot better with bacon. It looks great in this pic and it tastes even better.

Overall, I'm really happy Fat Daddy's Smokehouse opened a branch in Quezon City. Now, I don't have to go to their Marikina branch to satisfy by smoked meat cravings.

Fat Daddy's
Level 1, UP Town Center, Katipunan

All Hail The Pitmaster

What started out as an "ihaw-ihaw" barbeque concept from cousins Chef Raffy Sunico and Ben Donato has grown into a smokehouse BBQ restaurant thanks to their dedication. Pitmaster's opened its doors last May 20, 2016 and is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am to 12mn. We recently paid this restaurant a visit and it wasn't long before I became a fan.

Pit Caesar Salad (P240)

I never thought in my life I would say I like a salad dish but I love this one. It's their version of Caesar salad loaded with bacon. As they say, anything with bacon is great EVEN salad and this proves it.

Pulled Pork Roll (P200)

Chef Raffy sure was creative with his Pulled Pork Roll. However, I'm not a fan of serving pulled pork in a lumpiang shanghai style. I think it would be better to serve it separately.

Chicken Skin (P145)

The best appetizer has got to be their Chicken Skin. It's so crunchy and sooooo tasty. I also love the homemade sauce they used. You just have to try it.

Regular Flavored Beers (P95)

For those who's an alcoholic and sweet tooth too, you can try their flavored beers. We had toasted marshmallow, hazelnut, banana and brown sugar cinnamon. Believe it or not, I'm a fan of flavored beers because it tastes great unlike the beers we're used to.

Truffle & Smoked Bacon and Mushroom Pizzas (P370 each)

Even if pizza is not their main dish, I still loved it. Big kudos to the chef for these two flavors but I liked the Truffle pizza better. I'm definitely coming back for that one. That doesn't mean the Smoked Bacon and Mushroom pizza isn't something to try though. It's also great.

Pit Platter (P1500)

For the pit platter, we had the 7-hour smoked ribs, 15-hour smoked black angus beef brisket, smoked corriander chicken, pit smoked sausage and smoked bacon strips. What a feast this is. I could easily see myself coming back and finishing this entire platter myself. Okay, I may be a bit exaggerating because there's a lot in there so I really have to prepare myself for it.

You can also choose 4 side dishes and we had the plain fries, grilled corn cob, pepper rice and the chimichurri rice.  I loved all the slow cooked meat dishes. The way they cooked the meat really brought out its premium taste.

Angus Meatball Pasta (P180)

I like how they make their past into a circular shaped dish. It's so Instagram worthy that it's hard to ruin it. Of course, it had to be done and we were extremely satisfied with it especially the meatballs.


4 Cheese Mac & Cheese (P140)

Wow oh wow, did I love their 4 cheese mac & cheese. I love cheese and every time you have cheese mentioned twice in a dish name, you got me hooked. The only complaint I have is I thought the servings were too small but it's right for its price.

Overall, Pitmaster's Smokehouse is one of those restaurants I would definitely go back to. 

Pitmaster's Smokehouse BBQ
64 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig

Work & Dine at One Plus Coffee

One Plus Coffee started out as a place that's originally for startups. The concept is a co-working place and coffee shop rolled into one. When it gained popularity, even families and barkadas flocked to the place.

Szechuan Shrimp Balls

We started off the night with a newly introduced item on their menu, the Szechuan Shrimp Balls. I love shrimp so it was no secret I loved this one. I was just careful not to eat too much of it because after all, other people were with me.

Caesar Salad

I was previously not a fan of any type of salad but this one's got me hooked from the start. It may be because of the large amount of cheese and bacon in it. Who wouldn't like that?

The Nutella Mocha and the Dark Devil are their best-selling specialty coffees. If you want to stay awake til the wee hours, the Dark Devil is for you. Its caffeine is a little strong. For chocolate lovers, you'll love the fact that Nutella Mocha has that extra chocolatey goodness.

For the heaviest dish of the night, we had the Aglio Olio. With all that cheese and bacon on top of this carbonara, how can anyone not like this? It also comes with toasted bread.

Thai Latte

The Thai Latte reminded me of how One Plus Coffee embraced their fusion concept. You're going to get dishes from all over the world whenever you go here. With lots of great choices in the menu, you can never go wrong of going here.

For the heaviest dish of the night, we had meaty lasagna. I tasted a lot of lasagnas in the 9853482 restaurants I have tried and this has got to be right up there as one of the best.

Latte Macchiato

The Latte Macchiato is hard to tell apart from the Thai Latte as they look similar. There are two huge differences though. The former has a stronger taste while the latter has whipped cream on top. Both are excellent for long conversations though.

Sexy Cucumber L'mon

Due to the many health benefits of cucumber and lemon, this drink is bound to make you sexy, right? Not unless you drink too much of it. If you don't do that, this is the perfect drink for all the health freaks.

Matcha Latte

Everyone and their grandmas know I love matcha latte so I had to try their version. When I first sipped it, it didn't taste like Matcha at all so I knew something was wrong. When I asked their server, he said it had caffeine in it. I guess that explains the reason why. From there, I wanted the one without caffeine in it and in my opinion, it had a lot of whipped cream.

Kiwi Lemonade

Alluring Strawberry Mocha

Wow, I'd never thought I'd appreciate the combination of mocha and strawberry. Alluring is indeed the perfect word to describe this drink. It's the perfect sweet ending to a satisfying meal.

Potato Chips

All their sandwiches include these tasty, crunchy and salty potato chips. What else can I say? I absolutely loved it!

One Plus Sweet & Spicy Wings

Their wings are crunchy and yummy just the way I like my wings. They also made it with their homemade sauce and I highly recommend you to try it.

Believe it or not, it was also my first time in Circuit Makati. When I come back, I'll certainly revisit this coffee shop.

One Plus Coffee
1st Floor, Circuit Makati

Night Full of Greens at Salad Bowl

I never thought I'd see the day where I would eat too much greens. Thanks to Team Aldous' Smooth Saint, Louise, it happened at Salad Bowl. It was a night when the sexiest blogger group on the planet braved the strong rains for a healthy dinner we won't soon forget.

Smoked Fish Barrel (P199.5)

At first, we didn't know what was oozing out of the tomato. Finally, we found out it was none other than creamy smoked fish. Combined with lots of greens, it was a satisfying treat!

Sili Sticks (P150)

At first, I thought the sili was super spicy so I didn't have a bite. When I took a slice, I found out it wasn't that spicy after all. It's just right for those who want a little kick in their appetizer.

Chicken Inasal Wrap (P260)

The healthy treats kept on coming and the Chicken Inasal Wrap was one of the highlights of the night. It's one a classic Filipino dish served in a healthy way.

Truffle Bacon, Beef and Cheese Wrap (P390)

Wow, what a keeper this dish is. From the sound of the name alone, you'll already want to try it. Imagine truffle bacon, beef and cheese in one wrap. What a great idea! Let me give you a clue: It does not disappoint one bit. I'll definitely order this again.

Smoked Salmon Pasta (P295)

For our only carbs of the night, we got smoked salmon pasta. I loved the creamy sauce as it fit the salmon perfectly. 

Tarragon Mint & Lemon Grass Iced Tea (P225)

To quench our thirst, we were brought the Tarragon Mint & Lemon Grass Iced Tea. Did you know lemon grass is known for its many health benefits like treating stomach pain, achy joints and common cold? It's certainly a healthy drink that's also refreshing.

Barbeque Chicken Salad (P280)

I highly recommend the barbeque chicken salad not only for its magnificent barbeque sauce but for the fresh greens too. By the way, all their greens are delivered from their Cavite farm everyday so you're ensured of great taste.

Japanese Chicken Corn Sesame Salad (P350)

This one's a salad dish I'm definitely going to try again in the future even if I'm not much of a salad person. It's filled with kani, grilled chicken, corn and greens. It's a wonderful combination to say the least.

Chicken Arugula Pesto (P280)

When you hear the word "pesto", you'll think there's pasta. That's obviously not the case here but you do get pesto cream and that's the next best thing. It also contains greens, tomatoes and grilled chicken. What a healthy alternative to that pasta dish we've grown to love.

Grilled Beef Tomahawk (P4,000)

The Grilled Beef Tomahawk is not only my favorite dish of the night but it may be my favorite dish of all time. Composed of tasty beef grilled to perfection, potato wedges, bell pepper and a lot of greens, there's nothing to dislike about this dish.

Salad Bowl
Molito, Alabang