Beeffalo serves up generous ribs and steaks that are worth the drive
This neighborhood favorite in Marikina is all about comfort.
Beeffalo by HotRocks
Lot 6, Block 3, Gil Fernando Avenue, Santo Niño, Marikina City
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday), and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Friday and Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) A lot of things about Beeffalo by HotRocks in Marikina could be described as counter-intuitive. The restaurant is off the beaten track and there’s no huge bright sign to serve as a beacon. In truth, such conditions could actually be off-putting to some for the effort needed just to get there. But do drive for as long as you can along Gil Fernando Avenue until you finally spot this ranch-style house at literally the end of the road.
Painted in white with some pops of color, Beeffalo by Hotrocks—owned by Louie Abad, Girlie Abad, and Caren Diaz—is inspired by a roadside house bent on welcoming you after what was seemingly an endless drive. A spacious front lawn makes up the al fresco dining area, while the interiors are as unpretentious as a ranch house where you’d feel comfortable and at home right away. Meals are eaten at tables covered in table cloths sewn by Girlie herself, while conversation pieces are vintage items graciously given by customers turned friends. When it opened in October 2013, Beeffalo was made up of bright hues—happy yellows, blues, and greens—very apt for the family restaurant it set out to be. Fast forward to 2016 and its interiors have turned more modern with its white walls, bricks, and a lush accent wall.
Their menu is made up of American staples peppered with Filipino favorites. More focused than their Hotrocks Menu, their establishment in the former Club Six-Fifty along Libis, it features ribs and steaks as well as sandwiches, burgers, and pizza.
Beeffalo Baby Back Ribs
Slow-cooked for about five hours, the Beeffalo Baby Back Ribs (P765) will be one of the highlights of your visit. It's tender and juicy with a delicious glaze. Soon you'll realize it's only the beginning of your adventures with good meat at this place.
The Porterhouse (P395/250 grams; P650/450 grams) is a huge chunk of meat that would whet your appetite at first sight and could very well satisfy it with the first bite.
The Beeffalo Wings (P195) doesn’t disappoint. Unlike some buffalo wings out there, you can actually taste the flavor in this one and not simply be overwhelmed by the heat.
Taco Barbecue Salad
The Taco Barbecue Salad (P275) features lettuce, nachos, taco beef, salsa, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and barbecue sauce. It’s like eating one big taco without having to worry about making a mess. With the heap of greens, you’ll certainly feel less guilty if you unconsciously finish every single bit.
Their Biscuit Pizzas—like the Three-Cheese Pizza (P135) and Margherita (P155)—are the restaurant’s ode to the ‘80s. These paper-thin crust pizzas are easy to chomp on and flavor explodes in the mouth with every bite.
A bestseller from the HotRocks menu, the Barbecue Platter (P195) is an assortment of pork isaw, tenga, and bulaklak. They're a great fit for when you have a craving for street food, only you don’t have to wait around a grill for one yummy bite.
Sizzling Beef Ribs in Tamarind Gravy
The brilliant Sizzling Beef Ribs in Tamarind Gravy (P330) is a scrumptious surprise. A recipe of Girlie, this dish turned the beloved sinigang soup into a heavenly gravy that serves as a perfect complement to the huge chunk of tender meat.
Beeffalo by Hotrocks is still a neighborhood favorite, with people trekking to their corner of Gil Fernando Avenue. The afternoon crowd on a Monday afternoon is proof enough.
Photos by Jun Pinzon