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Besty's Restaurant - A Hole in the Wall Foodie Place in Quezon City

It is a continuous quest of a blogger to discover hidden pieces of ornate stones scattered around various cities, and these are what foodies call as "Hole in the Wall" restaurants. However, the beauty of being a blogger and at the same time being a normal person expanding his network of friends, is that sometimes you won't be the one searching for them. Instead, people recommend one for you, and if you get lucky (like I did), friends will invite you to try out a Hole in the Wall restaurant of their own. And this was exactly how I met your mother got to check out Bestys Restaurant, specifically through a guy named Kirk Amante, one of the owners.
Besty's Restaurant - the interior and the lovable quote
Besty's Restaurant - the interior and the lovable quote
The Concept of Besty's
Having a seating capacity of 30 people, Besty's Restaurant is an amazing food place built out of friendship. In fact, the name itself is from the word "best friends" turned into "besties" and eventually to "Besty's". You'll be amazed as well that the head chef is one of those best friends; hence, we can be sure that he's pouring his heart out in preparing the food.

Quoting from Kirk Amante, "All the dishes are based on our own recipe and favorites, which are heavily inspired by American-Spanish cuisine that is both delicious yet affordable."

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not located in a very prominent spot, so you might encounter some difficulties in locating this place for the first time. Hence, to aid you in navigating your way here, let me share this map:

Besty's Restaurant Map - How to Get There?
Besty's Restaurant Map - How to Get There?
The Food in Besty's
Appetizers

Cheesy Dynamite || P105 (5 pieces) 
Fried finger chilies stuffed with cheese and served with green onion dip
Besty's Restaurant - Cheesy Dynamite
Cheesy Dynamite - explosion of balanced flavor! 
This appetizer of Besty's is the kind of fried finger chilies I heavily enjoy! It was not burning hot spicy, but rather subtle in a ticklish way. Plus, the cheese created balance in the flavors that made us crave for more. On top of that, the onion dip really added more flavor, that made this first dish extra memorable.

BBQ Glazed Chicken Wings || P200 
Good for sharing. Deep fried wings covered in Besty's BBQ sauce served with cucumber and grean onion dip.
The delectable BBQ Glazed Chicken Wings of Besty's
The delectable BBQ Glazed Chicken Wings of Besty's
These chicken wings were really good with their smokey sweet glaze enhanced by a hint of spiciness, and since the meat easily comes off from the bones, you'll enjoy these fantastic delights without the hassle!

This is definitely a must-try here in Bestys!

House Blend Iced Tea || P25 per glass or P80 per pitcher
According to the staff here in Besty's, this concoction was specially made using a tested recipe. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a snapshot of this photo, so let me just describe it the way I remembered it. Hmmm, okay, this house blend iced tea of Besty's was something I found interesting because of the blend of mango essence.

The Rice and the Main Dishes

Aligue Rice || P130 (Good for 2-3)
The Aligue Rice of Besty's Restaurant
The Aligue Rice of Besty's Restaurant
This Aligue Rice was not as flavorful as it seemed to be, but in our case, it became advantageous because the light flavor of the rice just reinforces (and not interferes with) the flavor of other dishes.

Barbecue Ribs || P190 - 1/4 Slab || P280 - 1/2 Slab 
Tender ribs slowly cooked in in special barbecue sauce (plus choice of side dish - Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, Bacon Mac and Cheese or Buttered Corn and Mushroom) 
The tender and flavorful Barbecue Ribs of Besty's in Quezon City
The tender and flavorful Barbecue Ribs of Besty's in Quezon City
The first thing we noticed about the ribs was its "fall of the bones" tenderness. The next thing that struck us was the incredibly tasty smokey sweetness of the sauce that really seeped into the fibers of the meat. It was really incredible!

Kirk chose the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato as the side dish to go along with the ribs, and it was a great choice. I personally loved how excellent the mashed potato was with its cheesy bacon bits, amazing creaminess and light cheesiness. However, what I loved the most was the inclusion of the potato skin. It drove me insane!

Peppered Fried Chicken Steak with Mushroom and Onion Gravy || P180 - 1/4 chicken || P245 - 1/2 chicken
Deep-fried boneless chicken smothered with mushroom and onion sauce (plus choice of side dish)
The crispy and tasty chicken steak of Besty's Restaurant
The crispy and tasty chicken steak of Besty's Restaurant
I was extremely dazzled by the ribs that I almost fail to notice this dish. Anyway, what I can say about this chicken steak is that it reminded me of the home-cooked fried chicken we've grown to appreciate. Honesty compels me to say that it wasn't exquisitely special, but the nostalgic feeling was something you may really appreciate.

Shrimp in Aligue || P280
Sauteed shrimps in olive oil and garlic flavored crab fat (choice of bread or rice)
Besty's Restaurant - Shrimp Aligue - guilty pleasures from shrimp and crab fat
Shrimp Aligue - guilty pleasures from shrimp and crab fat
Although I found the sauce of this shrimp dish saltier than what I can normally tolerate, the shrimps themselves were fresh that blended well with the spicy-garlicky sauce. If it wasn't that salty, I would have appreciated this dish more. Presentation-wise, it was commendable!

Desserts

Choco Caramel Cake || P160
Caramel cake topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce
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This Chocolate Caramel Cake somehow reminded me of the Y Tu Mama Brownie of Exile on Main St. which is another hole in the wall restaurant near De La Salle University in Taft. However, this one featured a midly sweet blend with a dash of bitterness, while the chocolate sauce and the glazed caramel on top added dimension to the brownie.

I wouldn't say that this is the best brownie I've tasted, but definitely I was able to appreciate it.

Choco Banana Crepe || P150
Crepe made with chocolate mixture with vanilla ice cream covered with chocolate sauce
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This Choco Banana was ordinarily good, but I liked the brownie better. One technique I made, so I can appreciate the crepe more, was to spread the ice cream on top. It will even out the sweetness to the entire crepe!

A Not-So-Popular Kid (me) with friends who just passed the CPA Board Exam
A Not-So-Popular Kid (me) with friends who just passed the CPA Board Exam

Besty's Restaurant - Ratings

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings apply solely to this dining experience.
Place ★★
Taste  ★★
Service ★★
Price ★★
Budget needed: at least P270 per person (coming in a group of 6) for all the dishes listed above, yes all of them!

Besty's Restaurant - Menu and Prices
Besty's Restaurant - Menu and Prices

Give your own rating to Besty's Restaurant


Overall, I would say that I had an awesome dining experience in this restaurant. To tell you the truth, this is one of the restaurants I wish to be more famous! I'm not kidding guys - you will enjoy it here because of the affordability and tastiness of the dishes! If this place happened to be near to where I stay, you will see me there once in a while.

If you want more reviews, you may want to check out the Facebook Page of Besty's Restaurant. Currently (August 3, 2014), the average rating given by other foodies is 4.7 out of 5.


Besty's Restaurant
Location: Unit 106, Bayo Condotel Suites, Scout Bayoran, Near Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Reservation No.: (+63) 922-824-8183
Store Hours: Open Daily except Monday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm


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6 comments:

  1. Congrats bro! Pero ginutom ako bigla sa post na to hehehe

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  2. Thanks Arem! Oo nga eh, pati ako ginugutom, but they tasted good as they appear! :)

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  3. Thanks Michy! You should try it here sometimes. :)

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  4. Lorrenzo Martin SantosSeptember 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Hi! I tried this one! Yummy and good value for money!

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  5. Hello Lorrenzo! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Besty's! I'm glad you liked it there!

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