Since both my boyfriend and my brother in law are from Bacolod, I visit this city quite often. My first time was for Masskara 2013 and I’ve already been back about 3 or 4 more times after that. Masskara 2013 was also when I was able to try the famous Bacolod Chicken Inasal and ever since then – I was hooked! Although Bacolod City is the sugar capital of the Philippines and has a lot (and I mean A LOT) of different dessert cafes, they also have many restaurants (old and new) which managed to get my attention. So I have decided to write a post featuring the restaurants I was able to visit during my trips to Bacolod City.
(Let’s just say that this is the first of many restaurant reviews for the City of Smiles!)
Address: Fr. M. Ferrero St., Nenas Rose II, Bacolod City
Operating Hours: 7:30AM – 3:00AM
First up (of course) is Manokan Country, a must visit each time I set foot in Bacolod. Since Bacolod is known for their Chicken Inasal, there has never been a trip to the city without visiting Manokan Country to have a taste of their authentic Chicken Inasal. Unlike the Inasal restaurants all over the city, Manokan Country stays true to their roots by using a charcoal grill to achieve the perfect state of juicyness and tenderness for the chicken. Some of the meat just slides right off and each bite is packed with flavor! It has been around ever since the beginning and I don’t think it should be allowed to go anywhere – it is a part of the history of Bacolod.
Address: Terra Plaza Foodcourt, Dakbanwa sang, Galo St, Bacolod City
I was already quite full when I went to this place but I couldn’t resist! My favorite thing about this is that it wasn’t too sweet and it was slightly crispy. One of the best Pork BBQs I have tried because it was so well done. My brother in law has been going here ever since he was in high school so if the locals love it, it’s definitely something that you must try!
PS. The Pork BBQ in Aboy’s is also fantastic!
I heard a few things about FOGO, one of them being it is comparable to El Chupacabra in Makati. I’m absolutely in love with El Chupacabra so I thought there was no way that FOGO could even match up. I was right (duh) – It is not comparable to El Chupacabra, maybe just to Mexicali. Their menu is not too big but they’ve got all the Mexican staples – tacos, burritos and quesadillas. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Taco Salad, and I enjoyed it a lot! All the ingredients were fresh; the salsa and garlic sauce were delicious and complemented the dishes perfectly. They also have a bottle Calamansi juice available so instead of plain water or soda, calamansi juice could be your healthy alternative. What excited me most about their menu is the Avocado Cheesecake. We ordered one to share but ended up ordering a couple more slices because it was so delicious. It was very creamy and not overly sweet. I guess finding an Avocado Cheesecake in a Mexican restaurant is nothing out of the ordinary seeing that Bacolod is the sugar capital of the Philippines.
Address: 21 Street corner Lacson Street, Bacolod City
Phone Number: (034) 433 4096
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00PM
The first time I came across 21 Restaurant was during Masskara 2012 so before even seeing the actual restaurant, my initial impression was that it was just a casual restaurant where locals come to drink. Their set up outside gave off that impression since there was a bar outside and a bunch of plastic tables and chairs. All that changed though when I decided I had to use the restroom, I entered the restaurant and was surprised to see that I’ve walked into what looked like a fine dining restaurant. The highlight of my meal here was the Moist Chocolate Cake – the cake is rich in chocolate but still isn’t too sweet, it has a milky caramel center which only contributes to how moist and delicious this cake is. I recommend getting one to share (between 2 – 3 people) as this is quite rich and heavy.
Address: Green Plains Subd., Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City
Phone Number: (034) 434 4294 / (034) 432 1274 / 0909 419 5726
Greenoz Pizzeria serves giant pizzas with 2x more toppings than your regular pizza for a very very affordable price. The first restaurant opened in 2007 and since then, 2 more have opened and they are now offering delivery all over Bacolod City. I was told that a lot of the birthday parties are usually held here because not only is it very affordable, it’s also one of the best thin crust pizza places in Bacolod! The largest pizza that they have (XXL) costs less than Php. 1,000 and you’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth since they overload each slice with a generous amount of toppings. Greeno’z is definitely one of my go to places in Bacolod if you find yourself craving for pizza (or you just feel like pigging out), I enjoyed the pizza here much more than the pizza in Shakey’s (only because Shakey’s quality is not what it used to be but that is another post for another time.)