BALANCE. In life and in love I believe that everything hinges and revolves around this concept because if you lose your balance then everything goes awry. There are various aspects of our lives that we should learn to even out despite our busy schedules or else we would be too consumed up with just one aspect of our life and in grave cases it might lead to over fatigue and burn out.
That is why as much as possible on weekends, whenever I have my days off. I try to venture out to pursue my passion which is discovering new food joints and embarking on various adventures and writing it down on my blog. With that said, last week I was invited over by Cate to cover the soft opening of Big D’s in Venice Piazza Mckinley. Read on to check how everything went on that day.
To be honest, I wasn’t really keen on what this restaurant had to offer so I had to google it first to set my expectations straight.
It’s main concept is a Western smokehouse that slow cooks their meat for long hours for maximum flavor absorption. Upon getting to the venue, we were amicably escorted by their General Manager to their wooden benches as we sat along with the other bloggers and members of the press who were also invited to cover the event.
Big D’s serves mostly Southern American cuisine, with a few Tex Mex dishes like burritos and tacos. Serving size is good for one unless otherwise stated, but as you can see from the following photos, most of the dishes have serving sizes big enough for two or more. They also have promos like group meals to make the already affordable dishes, even more accessible.
We had their nachos which served as our appetizer that day. It was topped with smokey pulled pork. It was very delicious! You can also ask for more cheese which I highly suggest you do because it elevated the flavors considerably. Finally, their ribs came. The Big Feast showcased 3 plates or ribs that were really tender. You don’t need a knife to cut it apart. The center has ligaments or “litid” that seemed to contribute to the softness of the meat. Of course some parts are a bit chewy, but overall it was really good, especially with the sauce that makes it so aromatic. I’d definitely come back for more!
We also had their Monster Taco (Pulled Pork) which costs around 220 bucks for this dish. It is a full 9 inch taco with shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa, and more cheese. You can choose between pulled pork or beef for the protein in this dish. This dish is good for 2- people since it was quite big upon serving.
From their usual menu of ribs and sides. They launched a ‘lunch’ or set meals menu in this McKinley branch. We helped ourselves to their Big Plate, which consists of ribs, rice, and 2 sides (coleslaw and corn & carrots). The ribs was soft, tender fall-off-the-bone through smoking the meat. It has a strong hickory kick at first bite. It had the perfect balance of sweet, smokey and a little sourness in it. The price of the big plate is just P218.
Overflowing drinks were also served that day since an open bar was set up around 7pm coupled with lively music from their resident DJ.
Overall, it was a great place to head off to after a long working day to unwind and just chill with your friends or get together with your family come weekends and enjoy the Venetian view while overlooking the romantic gondolas making their way across the Venetian canal.
Libis: Second Floor, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Libis, Quezon City
Tomas Morato: Second Floor, POS Building, Scout Mandrinan Corner Tomas Morato Avenue, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
BGC: Second Floor Venice Piazza McKinley