Experience Vietnamese BBQ at VBQ Restaurant in Makati

by - Thursday, October 17, 2019

I’ve always seen Vietnamese cuisine as a really unique and delicious cuisine that has received less appreciation that it should in Metro Manila. What’s been getting all the attention for the past few years is Korean BBQ, which most people line up for for hours. But what if I told you that you can enjoy both the goodness of Vietnamese dishes and BBQ all in one place? 

VBQ Vietnamese BBQ is a new restaurant concept in Poblacion that offers your favorite (or will be your favorite if you haven’t tried the cuisine yet) Vietnamese dishes and ala carte meats for grilling. 

Banh Xeo P250

We had the banh xeo for starters, which is a Vietnamese pancake filled with pork belly, shrimps, onions, and bean sprouts and served with Mam Nem (fermented anchovy sauce) on the side. It looks like a light dish, but can really fill you up just when you are still starting on your meal. We also got to try the fried oyster mushroom which is like their version of the Pinoy chicharon, served with peanut sauce. I liked it but with a different sauce they have on the table. 

Papaya Salad P220

They papaya salad is served with a mountain of crispy, puffed rice on top. It’s a salad with unripe papaya ang green mangoes topped with house made beef liver jerky, peanuts, shallots, herbs, and sweet chili sauce. It’s for people who are looking for a light and refreshing appetizer.

Bun Thit Nuong P290

One Vietnamese dish I’ve been really getting into lately is the bun thit nuong, and VBQ’s version just made the feeling even stronger. It’s cold rice noodles topped with tender and flavorful grilled pork, fried spring roll, pickled vegetables, house-made pork sausages, herbs and peanuts then dressed with nuoc cham. It’s a heavy salad that’s not-so-heavy on the tastebuds. I think you’re going to like the combination of flavors from the sauces and herbs. I know I did. 

Suon Khia P320

It’s my first time to try a suon khia, which is a sweet and spicy glazed pork ribs topped with bell peppers and cilantro. I liked how the marinade was deeply incorporated in the ribs, and you may want to order a cup or more of white rice for this. 

Lemongrass Chicken P450

The lemongrass chicken is a pretty basic and no-brainer dish you’ll see on the menu. The taste of the lemongrass was there, definitely, but it was still a bit bland. It was served with a mixture of salt and pepper, though. 

Meats for Grilling (from P120 to P490 per serving)

They have a lot of meats available for grilling, be it pork or seafood. I don’t really recall my favorite out of everything we’ve tried, but what I really appreciate about this is that they use charcoal grill, which gives the meat that added smokey flavor you can’t get from electric grills we normally see in  other BBQ restaurants. 

Beef Pho Pot P500

They say save the best for last, which is ironic since the last dish we got to try turned out to be my favorite. The beef pho hot is their pho but hot pot version. The soup and meat and veggies were served separately and cooked for us on the grill. 

Blueberry Yogurt P125

I ordered a blueberry yogurt drink to go with my meal since I was looking for a heavy and sweet drink to cleanse my palate with. I expected the thick kind of yogurt for a drink but instead I was surprised that I was served with a blueberry juice with popping yogurts as sinkers. It was an unexpected but it turned out better than I was hoping for. I loved this drink. 

My Scores:
Pricing - 3.5/5
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Taste - 4/5

Hungry for more,

Address: 4969 Guerrero St. Poblacion, Makati City
Operating Hours: 11am to 3am daily
Budget: from P300 per person
Parking: Street Parking 
Instagram: @vbq.ph 
Facebook: @vbqrestaurant 

(Date of Visit: September 14, 2019)

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