Holy Smokes BBQ

Matilde St. cor. Jacobo St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila

Holy Smokes BBQ
4.2
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11 Reviewers

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  • 13 Reviews
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  • 11 Reviewers
Category:
American
Phone
+639175329361

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Most Recent Reviews

Nic S.
5.0 Stars
3

Checked out Holy Smokes for dinner last night - for the first time! Before heading out I read a lot of reviews and most of them made the place sound ultra-promising so I was very excited. Parking is a bit difficult in the Poblacion area but Holy Smokes is located in the more residential part of it so as long as they aren’t packed - the chances of you getting a slot to park in outside the restaurant or along the street are high.

The place is simple, there’s a good number of tables and chairs plus they have a second floor. I could imagine big groups dining here as their tables and chairs seem easy to move around. It’s also one of those pay as you order type places and I really appreciate that especially when dining with a group because it’s easier to order for yourself and it’s easy to just pay for your own order instead of cracking your brains at math to split the bill at the end of the meal HAHA sorry, me and math = nevermind. Hahaha.

Onto the food! The food is bombbbb! I’m a huge fan of Mighty Quinn’s but it’s crazy expensive and their sides are not good AT ALL. Sorry, just want to be honest here. Holy Smokes has good meat, even better sides and the prices aren’t crazy! I got a 100g serving of Pulled Pork which was only 160 pesos! It was really good paired with their original barbecue sauce. Aside from that, I also ordered a small-sized serving of Mac and Cheese. It tasted like it was made with real parmesan cheese - so good! That costs only 70 pesos. They have these ready-made set meals composed of a type of meat and a side. For example, 150g brisket with a side of your choice. That would set you back 500 pesos so it would be better to just order their meats by the minimum of a hundred grams and just add a side. You’ll save more and get to try more as well!

If you haven’t, do check out Holy Smokes. Service is really good too. No complaints here 9786

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Ginny B.
4.0 Stars

150grams beef brisket + 1 side of potatoes for php500. It's mighty meaty and delicious! Just wished their spicy bbq sauce was a lot spicier. It didn't have much of a kick. Also got turtle pie for dessert, php180 per slice. It was just so-so.

All in all, it's a good place for meat loving people! Place is very laidback and you get your orders in an instant. 128077

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Eboy D.
5.0 Stars
2

Had the chance to try out Holy Smokes during the media launch of Fox Movies at McKinley, Makati. They had a small pop up with no less than the owners manning the booth. They had enough smoked meat to go around the huge crowd for the entire night. Was able to sample a sizeable amount of meat and it was heavenly soft. Melt in your mouth kind. It was nicely paired with BBQ sauce. I had a small talk with them and was very gracious to pose for a photo. Thank you for the delicious food.

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars
5

Holy Smokes is another of our favorite establishments in Poblacion, Makati. All the meats are so smoky good. Get some sides too!

Parking is difficult unless you come over before they open at 5pm. So, just Uber or Grab. Or book a food crawl with Food Society! (Instagram: @foodsocietyph) 128521

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Lizanne S.
3.0 Stars
2

Good quality barbecue. That's something I haven't had in a while here in Manila ever since Cue (remember that wonderful place?) closed down.

Good thing there's this place, serving some fine tasty meat. The beef brisket was quite lean, so was the pork brisket. While the wagyu brisket was really tender. As for the bacon, it was good too. But a bit on the overcooked side.

Parking can be a challenge as with all restaurants this side of Makati, but if it's meat you want, it's worth visiting. Just try to be early or get a reservation since it can get packed.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars

Hands down, the best pulled pork and beef brisket, imo! The pulled pork was very tasty and the beef brisket, oh so tender. Both were cooked perfectly. Also, even without any sauce, the pork and beef are very tasty already. For our side, we got the POTATO something topped w bacon bits and it was AWESOME. Really good, as well. 128525128077🏼

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April V.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Trizha A.
3.0 Stars
2

*This is a late post/ review*

I love a good smoked meat!

The first thing you should do when you get to Holy Smokes is to snag a table. A mistake we made instantly coz we weren't informed. Seating is limited so you don't want to be standing with a tray of food waiting for people to vacate their table

Meat selection is pretty good. I chose to get pork ribs, beef brisket, and was planning to grab a sausage but they ran out. The meat is measured per grams and the menu will indicate what the minimum weight is per order.

For sidings we picked bleu cheese slaw, potato salad {buttered marbles potatoes topped with bacon bits} not pictured are the crack pie, turtle pie, mac n cheese, and a grilled cheese Bbq ribs sandwich.

The Pros:

The meats were all cooked nice and tender, salted and smoked perfectly. On its own it can be salty but that's why you grab some Bbq sauce. My friend's sandwich was really good and filling.

Sidings were all lovely and perfect for sharing. The pies are a crowd pleaser and are a must if you have a sweet tooth.

The Cons:

Still on soft opening so I supposed they still need to work on their service. It's a little slow, and they seem understaffed. The food isn't cheap. For two people and for the items we got, bill was around 2,000php. So if you're on a budget pick menu items that are good for sharing or pregame {i.e. grab a burger from Mickey D's first if you have a huge appetite}.

I'd recommend the place if you're a carnivore with the cash to spare.

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Cez Y.
5.0 Stars

We went there at 5pm for my birthday dinner and it was oh so good. Staff was nice.. place is cozy.. and food was great. Especially the Beef Ribs. Surprisingly, both my brother and i didnt like the Wagyu that much.

If you are looking for a place for some superb bbq... this is the place to go. No need for an elaborate explaination.. a must try if ur a bbq lover like us.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars

Holy smokes. Best place to satisfy all of your pork ribs, bacon, beef brisket and all things meat-y cravings. After our Tilde Stop, we went straight here for dinner. Please see picture for the items we tried! 128517

Everything was good. Really. Tasty, juicy, and oh so tender. They have sauces available - plain or spicy. But honestly, you don't need the sauce anymore because the meat were all flavorful! 128076🏼

The sides were all yummy, as well. Our favorite was the potatoes. Thanks Reich for insisting we get the patatas despite the fact that we've been eating patatas all day already. 128514128514

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Maria Carmila M.
4.0 Stars
2

If you have money, you're craving barbecue, and you're already in the area, then this place is THE BOMB. I'm so sorry I didn't take pictures of the food.

First time to try this place and I'm very happy with the experience.

I'm giving them 4 stars because I find the side dishes expensive. Check out the menu. The big portion of cilantro rice is P130 and it's less than 2 cups (!). We also ordered cornbread, creamed corn, and blue cheese coleslaw. Loved the cornbread, and actually I also liked the creamed corn except I found it too watery. The blue cheese coleslaw was also ok, but it sounded better than it tasted.

With that out of the way, let me get to the star of their menu - their BARBECUE. We tried the BEEF BRISKET, the PULLED PORK, and the PORK SPARERIBS. They were all juicy, pull-apart tender (you won't need a fork) and full of that rich, mouth-watering smokiness. The pulled pork would probably be best in sandwich form. It was sort of redundant given that we also ordered the spareribs. But don't get me wrong - I have no regrets!

The sauces came in three flavors: SPICY, SWEET AND TANGY, and SMOKY. I recommend combining all three and balancing them out na lang according to your preference.

For dessert, my friend ordered the turtle pie because unfortunately they ran out of crack pie. It was good, but just a tad too sweet. One portion is good for sharing though.

I suggest you bring wipes because they don't give you any. They only have paper napkins which are very flimsy. I suggest PAPER TOWELS, Holy Smokes, and an extra couple of sinks so guests don't have to go to the toilets to wash their hands.

I will definitely go back for your barbecue - HOPE YOU KEEP THAT UP!!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars
4

Holy Smokes, you little devil you!

This is the fourth stop of #FoodSocietyPh's Food Crawl Giveaway last Saturday. We are not supposed to have dinner here but man, the aroma of the barbeque is too hard to resist. I want to stuff my face with dem ribs!

| Pork Ribs. Heavenly as always. Fall-off-the-bone-tender and really flavorful.

| Home Made Bacon. Bacon!!!!! This beautiful slab of cured meat restores my faith in Humanity. It brings out the optimist in me. Man, this is weally good! Smoky, flavorful, tender and all of the adjectives synonymous to delicious.

I got my eye on the grilled cheese and the brisket. See you later, Holy Smokes!

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

Goodness Gracious Holy Smokes Barbeque!

We stumbled upon this hidden gem by accident.  We were exploring Poblacion by foot and was looking for Tilde Café when we saw Holy Smokes.  

The decision to only have cake at Tilde paid off as I have a reason to swing by Holy Smokes.  They have the brightest facade among Matilde Street.  The interior reminds me of a rough round the edges bed and breakfast.  There were a couple of of tables and chairs and they follow the pay as you order system.

| Pork Ribs (Php 180 per 100 grams).  This is the best tasting ribs I've ever had!  The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender,  using a knife is optional.  The fork glides through the perfectly cooked ribs.  As for the taste,  you don't need condiments as the meat is really flavorful.  I can't fully explain the flavor combination as my tastebuds cant fully comprehend how tasty the ribs are.  All i can say is that....this is *expletive deleted* delicious!

What are you waiting for....get up and go to Holy Smokes NOW.

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