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April 16, 2010

Pig Out of Town!

April 16, 2010

Pig Out of Town!

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We finally found a unique restaurant in Nuvali worth raving about: Pig Out!

Solenad, the lifestyle area fronting the Nuvali property, is becoming the best stopover for people going to/from Tagaytay. We even saw the Magsaysay family (of Ilog Maria Bee Farm fame) dining in the area.

Pig Out! is the second locally conceived theme restaurant of the Bistro group (think Friday's and Italianni's). I didn't really like Flapjacks, their first locally conceived resto, because of its overall ho-hum taste -- although it tries hard to be the next Country Waffles. This is the Bistro group's first establishment in Nuvali, and foodies are raving about the Inihaw na Spare Ribs Adobo, Curry Rice and their creative concoctions of Healthy drinks.

For Manila-based foodies who are looking for out-of-town foodie escapes, Pig Out! is a great place to try. Kanin Club has competition now (it's sad that their Kanin Get it restaurant in Nuvali was poorly executed).

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I'm always happy to come across kid-friendly restaurants. It was automatic for Pig Out!'s servers to give our boys some illustrations to color. As a parent with toddlers, I find it very important to have a lot of tricks up our sleeves to keep the kids occupied.

The boys were also entertained by the movie shown on the TV. We don't watch TV at home (except for some DVDs), so our kids tend to focus on the TV every time they see one in restaurants.

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 Check out their menu here: Pig Out! Menu | Drinks Menu

The bench-type tables are designed for a family and can fit a group of 10 at most. Although there was no back rest, we didn't mind since it felt like we were at a picnic table where food could be easily shared. 

With a name like Pig Out!, one would expect to see lechon in the menu -- but it wasn't there. The closest dish they have is Crispy Pata. It's not a "meat only" place; there are a lot of fish dishes and healthier options being offered.

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Stalk of the Town (P95) [left drink] Blended celery stalk, apple, pineapple ring and honey.
Babe's Favorite (P125) [right drink]. Blended fresh apple, orange and grapes with apple juice and honey.

The healthy drinks have a playful vibe. Our family fave is Stalk of the Town because of the refreshing celery taste and pineapple-honey mix. The grape flavor dominates Babe's Favorite drink, which is dihia Joshua's favorite. Try them out! :)

See full list of healthy drinks and specialty drinks menu

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Tropical Slush (P145). Combination of melon, mango, pineapple ring and honey.

The Tropical Slush is just Mango juice. I think it would be better to try more interesting combinations.

See full list of healthy drinks and specialty drinks menu

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Inihaw na Spare Ribs Adobo (P335 - solo, P485 - sharing).

It is worth stopping over in Pig Out! if only for this one dish. I regret just ordering the solo version above. It tastes like inihaw na liempo with BBQ Adobo sauce. Each strand of meat is tasty. It is guaranteed that you'll eat the meat off the bones.

I think the solo version is quite overpriced for its serving size. I bet the sharing portion gives more value for money.

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Curry Fried Rice (P205). Morsels of chicken with raisins and cashew nuts with a curry flavor.

This is better than the usual fried rice in Chinese restaurants. It even looks like the turmeric rice we enjoy in Batanes. The kids love it, and it's not as spicy as we expected it to be. I like the raisins and bits of chicken, which made this rice dish a meal in itself.

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Inihaw na Tuna Belly (P225 - solo, P435 - sharing). Tuna belly with garlic, chili and chili leaves.

The Tuna Belly was highly recommended as well, but we did not appreciate it as much since they burned the top and tried to cover it with the chili. The belly itself is not as tasty as the edges. I like the chili flavor as the heat reminds me of Bicol Express (only with tuna belly, in this case).

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Pig Out! Crispy Pata (P325 - solo, P615 - sharing).

This was highly recommended in the menu (marked by a pig icon), but it's really just ordinary Crispy Pata. Since they have "Pig" in their branding, it would have been good to have lechon served every Sunday brunch or at least have an innovative Pritchon offered in the menu.

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Loved this!

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Chocolate Cake (P180).

Don't order the chocolate cake since it is quite dry and not fun to eat.

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Fried Banana Spring Rolls (P95) with Ice Cream (+P30). Made with banana and jackfruit filling.

A better alternative for dessert is this simple Banana-Q with Ice Cream.

I noticed that the Bistro Group does not really have a good Pastry Chef. Given the group's restaurant chain size, I would have expected more innovative options than the one above. Is this the best that they can offer?

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Pig Out! Your Family Grill House
Bldg.1, Solenad Nuvali
Tel numbers: +63 49 502 6549, 502 6550
Mobile number: +63 917 509 2612
Email add: pigoutnuvali@bistro.com.ph
Call Neil Aquino +63917 582-6727

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P.S. I heard the soup/ramen in Domo Tomo is good. Have you tried this unique Japanese resto in Nuvali?  Any other resto recommendations in Nuvali? Let me know! :)

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