Beeffalo by Hotrocks Marikina – Reloaded
The interiors of Beeffalo by Hotrocks has recently been refurbished but the food; which locals have come to love, still remains consistent.
The first time I tried Beeffalo was at their 2nd branch in Antipolo. It had classic restaurant setting with a lot of vintage items on display (donated by friends and family). During that trip; Louie Abad shared to us the origins of Beeffalo and how they started their first Beeffalo branch at Marikina.
Before Marikina’s food scene boomed; Beeffalo was a lone restaurant in a long strip of tall grasses. The restaurant’s location was something that you have to deliberately visit. You have to muster courage because of the dark road that comes before it. However, at the edge of the road; you will see a brightly lit restaurant that’s ready to do some backyard grilling! (Now, the area has a lot of restaurants so the scary movie scene is no longer applicable).
The Marikina branch was bigger than their Antipolo branch and it also had a lot of classic decorations. Inside you can see typewriters (yes before the keyboards :) ) and a sewing machine; while on the outside there was a bike and a motorcycle (near the entrance). During our visit (October); they redecorated the place to depict a halloween theme using recycled materials (e.g. trash bags spider, stryfoam ghosts, glass candles and many more!). Also outside, you would see a little hut for grilling; similar to how their family used to do it before venturing into the restaurant business.
Most of the food that we have tried have already been featured in the previous post so I’ll just upload those that weren’t there yet.
A good way to start the meal. Crunchy, meaty (potato-ey?) and goes well with the dip.
Previously, I wasn’t able to try this out so this was my personal order. I loved a viscous tamarind gravy and the tender beef. However, this should be eaten quickly as once it cools down, it gets rubbery to chew.
Off the Grill
Marinated only using salt and pepper, the liempo was simple yet flavor was there. It wasn’t boring to eat and you can definitely taste that charred pork meat.
If salt and pepper isn’t your thing; then you can try Jack Daniels Glazed liempo. It was a mixture of sweet and slightly spicy on tender pork meat that’s perfect for java rice. This was one of our favorites that night.
For desserts, you can either go with their ice cream, cake slices or creme brulees. They were all good and it was quite fascinating that our well fed stomachs still had room for dessert.
My personal order was the banana creme brulee and I was surprised at what I saw. The banana was fused with the creme brulee and it also had torched sugar on it. I loved it!
I failed to show how big this was but this was meant for sharing… unless you really love ice cream!
What can I say? Beeffalo should really open a branch closer to home (current branches are at Marikina and Antipolo). With their delicious food and very affordable prices; it would be an instant hit!
Disclosure: Beeffalo paid for our meal
Till next time,
Beeffalo by Hotrocks
Lot 6, Block 3,
Gil Fernando Avenue, Santo Niño,
Restaurant by Location: Santo Nino