Date #15: Uncle Cheffy Brick Oven BBQ
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Hidden in the far corner of Eastwood Mall Veranda 2F is Uncle Cheffy Brick Oven BBQ, arguably one of the best restaurants in the area. This restaurant, as the name implies, makes use of a brick oven to give that authentic roasted taste, while using the traditional slow-cook method in order to prepare their meals.
The lighting is dim to warm, and the venue makes use of wooden interiors to accentuate its traditional and cozy ambiance. Comfortable and relaxing place fit for any kind of date.
The pictures weren’t taken very well because we were so excited to eat.
We suggest that you order an appetizer since their entrees take a while to get ready. (We didn’t order an appetizer, so we ended up eating our readings instead. :| Kidding!)
We had our Panizza split into two flavors, one half being the Uncle Cheffy Favorite (P197) and the other half being the All Meat BBQ (P225). A panizza is sort of like a thin crust rectangular pizza sliced diagonally into strips, so you can roll them up and eat them with various greens (their version was served with chopped tomatoes, romaine lettuces, and alfalfa sprouts). Don’t be intimidated by the wideness of the pizza, its thin crust makes it just right for two people.
This is the Uncle Cheffy favorite half, which contains tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, anchovies, chili flakes and three kinds of cheeses. For those people who find it strange to eat greens with panizzas—don’t fret, it works. The subtle flavors of both the panizza and the vegetables gives the dish harmony and balance.
We loved the All meat BBQ panizza more because we felt that the anchovies added to the Uncle Cheffy Favorite were intolerably salty. Meanwhile, the pieces of meat on top of the BBQ panizza were sweet and complemented the greens well.
I had my panizza drizzled with a bit of olive oil, which adds a bit more flavor to it.
Lovely and unique dish, highly recommended.
Pictures can’t do their Pork Lechon (P190) justice. The meat was very succulent and tender, almost having a melt-in-your-mouth texture, good even without the sauce. It had a subtle garlicky kick in every fiber. Very lean, too, in fact. (Which might not actually work with some people, but we like having our meat quite lean.)
The skin was very crispy, almost having a chicharon-like quality, as you can see on the picture. I’m sorry for those people who like having strips of fat stuck to the skin of their lechon, but you won’t find it here.
Nevertheless, we were very happy with their lechon, one of the better ones we’ve tasted. You can have it with tomato salsa, (which adds a unique zesty taste to it) or with the traditional semi-sweet liver sauce.
The Verdict: As I’ve said, it’s arguably one of the best restaurants in the area. Highly recommended. We were very happy with the P732.54 total that we spent. If you’re coming here as a couple, whether it’s your first or 1029412th date, it’s still a good place to be. Just be sure to order their specialties, because their big servings won’t allow you to order a variety of choices. By the way, they have also serve alcoholic drinks if you want some red wine or beer or whatever to go with your lovely food.
Uncle Cheffy Brick Oven BBQ Panizza
Unit A216 & S201 Level 2, Eastwood Mall,
Eastwood City Cyberpack, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue(C5)
With and For Love,
Rina Caparras and Douglas Chong