Friday, January 11, 2008

Ihaw Balot Plaza


And then there’s the quintessential QC beer garden. Going to Ihaw Balot Plaza is like entering a time warp. They still have multicolored light bulbs. In-house rock ballads come from the videoke machine they’ve set up in the garden. And one time, I ordered a Coke Light, and got served what was probably the last bottled Diet Coke on earth. Serves me right for ordering a softdrink in a beer house.



A buddy of mine introduced us to this beer house/garden found along a little street between Panay and Quezon Ave. His father used to bring him and his siblings there, when they were little. Later, when my buddy married, he got his sisters together to bring them back to the place where you can find the best inihaw na pusit and chicken ass. There was also a drunken brawl at the nearby table as an added treat. (No worries, doesn’t happen that often.)

Nowadays, IBP is a brightly lit, wholesome beer garden. If you go early enough, say 6 to 9pm. Appetizers come in the form of kasoy, green mango, and bagoong, from the manang who sits by the gate (thought they've moved her indoors lately). Kasoy, sour, unripe fruit and sweet shrimp paste hardly go together. But it’s IBP, and anything goes, including your sense of what goes together.



At IBP, they have consistently excellent and simple food fare. Their grilled chicken ass is sweet, and the sizzling bulalo is tender and meaty. Their sisig is underrated. And lest you give yourself a heart attack, the inihaw na pusit is even better. Theirs is seasoned, smoked and slowly grilled to perfection. It’s not too soft, not too chewy, and always fresh. Arguably, the best pusit in town.


It’s the perfect place for the guys (with the patient, low-maintenance girlfriend or wife) to kick back and talk about the most important things in life: family, politics, and our NBA fantasy leagues.

At Ihaw Balot Plaza, you’ll find that the chicken ass good, the squid better, and the cholesterol and beer induced conversation best. I hope it stays the same for the time I bring the wife and kids over.

Going all the way (chicken ass, 1 kilo of pusit, sisig, bulalo, rice, softdrinks and beer) cost our group of 6 over 200 bucks each. Not bad, I reckon.

Ihaw Balot Plaza is along Scout Borromeo, between Panay and Mother Ignacia. Side of Tropical Hut.

11 comments:

kaladkarin said...

yuuummm, the squid looks reeeallly good

bogchief said...

Dude, mukhang panalo yan. Very nice.

miguel said...

it's da best. if you guys find yourselves in the area, tara lets!

docchef said...

the bulalo, winner!!!

PAM said...

With the numerous times you try to put this place in all our food conversations, I am convinced that this is a must-try. Maybe I'll see you there!

ALiNe said...

I'm drooling over bulalo steak... kagutom!

Louise said...

am a fan of the blog, thanks for the reviews, it's saved me from a lot of heartache...whahehehe...=)

scub said...

sizzling bulalo + inihaw na pusit + beer = heaven

occasionally you'd spot the contrabidas in the philippine movie industry drinking in IBP. hahaha

Roland said...

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Anonymous said...

200 bucks? Pesos or dollars? I'm not sure if that is accurate if it's dollars. Alam ko mura lang diyan sa IBP. Mmmmm...?

toto david said...

one time we had Amay Bisaya and company sitting next to our table. He kept on blabbering about his showbiz life, etc. Very annoying indeed.